• 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: 10/11/2019

The migrant caravans: Finally feeling safe, she longs for her wife and son

Marveny Suchite lives with her American immigration sponsor in a bungalow here on a tree-lined street. A neighbor’s yard sign reads: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2019

Uganda: Why government is reintroducing anti-gay law

At the end of August, the Ethics and Integrity minster, Fr Simon Lokodo, said his predecessor, Mr James Nsaba Buturo, would take leave of Parliament to reintroduce a private member’s Bill against…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2019

Native American tribe becomes first to pass hate crime law protecting LGBT people

The Oglala Sioux Tribe may have become the first Native American tribe to introduce a hate crime law protecting LGBT+ and two spirit people. There is no comprehensive data on law codes…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2019

Europe’s loneliest far-right party losing election battle in Portugal

Waving Portuguese flags, leaders of the far-right National Renovation Party (PNR) waited for more people to turn up at a mid-September rally in Lisbon, but their patriotic chants fell on deaf ears.…

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ADDED ON: 09/29/2019

Police fire tear gas and arrest dozens of far-right protesters attempting to disrupt LGBT+ march

Riot police have tear gassed and arrested dozens of far-right protesters after hundreds tried and failed to disrupt an LGBT+ parade in Poland. Nearly 30 people have been detained so far after…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2019

Gay man’s murder raises questions over Uzbek human rights reforms

The murder of a gay man in Uzbekistan has cast the spotlight on the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country and raised questions over government reforms aimed at attracting foreign investment,…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2019

Russian gay couple under investigation for adoption request United States asylum

A Russian gay couple has requested asylum in the United States after authorities launched a criminal investigation over their adopted children, their lawyer said Thursday. The two men, Andrei Vaganov and Yevgeny…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2019

Masked men and murder: vigilantes terrorise LGBT+ Russians

Receiving photos of mutilated bodies with the warning “you’re next” rattled gay rights activist Nikita Tomilov but when he saw surveillance men outside his home, he fled Russia for good. The threats…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2019

We freed 3 gay men from prison

A and his friend Y (names withheld for their safety) walked free on August 30, having served four years of a five-year sentence imposed after they were reported to police by a…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2019

Family’s rainbow flag burned down days before Pride

Authorities are investigating a suspected hate crime after a Kansas family’s rainbow flag was set on fire just days before Pride. The Gingrich-Gaylord family hung a Pride flag outside their house in…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2019

Gay fashion designer assaulted and called ‘f****t’ in front of children at Make-a-Wish fundraiser

Designer Pol’ Atteu and his husband Patrik Simpson are the stars of Amazon Prime’s reality show Gown and Out in Beverley Hills. The children’s fashion show was held at St. John’s Cathedral…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2019

Gay man who fled Ghana over attacks secures asylum in US

A Ghanaian [name withheld] who was attacked in Ghana in 2015 on suspicion of being gay has succeeded in securing asylum in the United States. Two law students of New York Law…

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