• Protection and Safety

    Across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people live in fear for their physical safety. In countries that criminalize LGBTI sexuality, identity, or gender expression, governments may incarcerate LGBTI people in dangerous prisons. Several governments punish LGBTI people with torture and execution. LGBTI people are also vulnerable to abuse outside of government punishment. Many are forced to leave their homes. When they have to flee their countries, LGBTI people often find that there are few services available for refugees and asylum seekers, and those that exist may fail to serve LGBTI clients with respect and care.

ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Barbados Pride is Taking on the Harshest Anti-gay Law in the West

Why do we need Barbados Pride? Well, walking down the street is a traumatic experience for many LGBTI Barbadians. At first glance, Barbadian LGBTI people appear to have relatively safe, full lives. People…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

Christopher Wylie: The Gay Vegan Who ‘made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’

Steve Bannon ‘loved the gays’, according to the man who says he developed a tool to harvest personal data on millions of Americans for the US election. Christopher Wylie, a 28-year-old Canadian…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

People Power: Hundreds Hit Philippines’ Streets to Fight for LGBTI Equality

Hundreds of people turned up to a rally in the Philippines to call for a LGBTI rights bill to become law. Protesters congregated at the People Power Monument in Quezon City to…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

Marielle Franco had to Resist – No Wonder She Didn’t Survive

“Being a black woman is to resist and survive all the time.” So said Marielle Franco, the Rio de Janeiro city councillor shot dead in a targeted assassination last week, just 18 months…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2018

Marielle Franco: Brazil’s Favelas Mourn the Death of a Champion

The morning after tens of thousands of people thronged streets across Brazil to express their anger over the murder of black, gay Rio councillor Marielle Franco, it was business as usual in the Maré…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

‘TransMilitary’ Is the LGBTI Advocacy Film Middle America Needs to See

Any parent would struggle to send their child off to war, of course. But there’s another layer to the Cooks’ fear. As one of about 15,500 transgender troops in the U.S. military,…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Documentary Tells Story of Trek to Ottawa by LGBTI Refugees

A new documentary set to be screened Wednesday at the University of Ottawa tells the story of three Gambian refugees who came to Canada because it’s potentially dangerous to be LGBTQ in their…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Kenya: These People Are Fighting Laws That Punish LGBTI People For Having Sex

A group of activists and human rights lawyers in Kenya are challenging a dated criminal code in a case in which the outcome could have a huge impact across the whole of…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

Belly Dancer Dons Beard to Protest LGBTI Abuse in Egypt

On a chilly March night, Shrouk El-Attar is preparing for a belly dancing show at a London club by pulling on a shimmering blue skirt, fixing a sparkly bra - and sticking…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

Brazil to Legally Recognise Self-identifying Trans People Without the Need of Surgery

Brazil has passed a landmark ruling which means that transgender people in the country will now be recognize according to their self-determined gender without the need for surgery. The country’s Supreme Court voted that people…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

Emma Gonzalez and Stoneman Douglas Gay-straight Alliance Receive Honors from Equality Florida

On Saturday, Equality Florida, the state’s foremost LGBTQ-rights group, presented its annual Voice for Equality award to Emma González and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance. “The students of MSD who are here…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

It May Seem like LGBTI Rights Aren’t Important to Putin – but If You Look Closer, You’ll See They’re Central to the Russian Election

A quick search recently for LGBTI news on Yandex – the largest Russian search engine – threw up a very depressing list: “Users are outraged by the new LGBT-friendly ad for iPhone”, “Russian actor gets kicked…

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