• 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.

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Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied by investigating and exposing abuses, educating and mobilizing the public, and helping transform societies to create a safer, more just world. www.amnestyusa.org

Indonesia’s Waria Heroine

Ibu Shinta, as she is known – Ibu is the Indonesian equivalent of ma'am, or lady – runs Al Fatah, an Islamic boarding school for Indonesian transgender women known as waria. At…

ADDED ON: 01/02/2018

Shunned and Homeless LGBT Ukrainians Find Shelter in Kiev

Staring at the Berlin Wall mural of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev kissing East German leader Erich Honecker on the mouth, Yevhenii Kalashnyk knew it was time to come out as gay. The…


The Long Struggle in the Heart of Carnival

The Grupo Gay da Bahia or simply GGB is the oldest association for the defense of the human rights for LGBTI people in Brazil. Founded in 1980 by Luiz Mott, in the city of Salvador, Bahia, the GGB was registered as…

ADDED ON: 09/20/2017

Brazilian Judge Approves ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’, Sparking National Outrage

A Brazilian judge has approved gay “conversion therapy” in a ruling which prompted widespread outrage and raised fears of a conservative backlash. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of…


ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

Displaced LGBT People from Central America, Mexico Head North for Survival

Estefany has many scars—some are visible on her face—lifelong reminders of the death threats and abuse she survived in Honduras. She has short, curly black hair. Her brown eyes are round and…


ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

Gay-Bashing in the United Kingdom: Survey Shows Increase, and Under-Reporting

Hate crimes against LGBTI people in the UK have surged by nearly 80 per cent in recent years, according to a new detailed survey. A poster advertising the exhibition, “Queer British Art:…


ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

Trauma as Travelers Face a Gender Issue Going Through Security

When Londoner Jamie Liang reached the Eurostar security checkpoint at London St Pancras International he put his possessions on the conveyor belt and entered the body scanner. It beeped. Instead of searching…


LGBT Voices From Sudan

The Nile Valley area of Egypt and Sudan is not often thought of as a place where LGBTI persons can find support and build community. The cultural and legal restrictions around sexual…

Bringing LGBTI News from Turkey to the World

LGBTI News Turkey is an indispensable source for English language readers wanting to know more about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Turkey. Working with a group…

Hearing LGBTI Lives

There are millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex stories in Nigeria. And the best way to learn those stories can be to hear them first-hand. This is the purpose of…