• 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: 08/05/2022

No Nigeria amnesty guarantees for gay dating app victims

Police in Nigeria have urged victims of a same-sex dating app scam to come forward to give evidence. But they have refused to offer them the assurance of an amnesty in a…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2022

Dominican Anglican church goes rogue on gay rights

The current Lambeth conference of global Anglican bishops has been rocked with divisions over the issue of same-sex marriage.  In contrast, the primates (heads) of the global Anglican Communion declared in 2016…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2022

Explainer: what makes Ghana’s anti-gay bill so extreme?

Same-sex “conduct” is already illegal in Ghana, but MPs introduced a sweeping new anti-LGBTQ+ draft bill a year ago that would fully criminalisie LGBTQ+ people, along with rights groups and anyone coming out…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2022

The Nigerians worried about a bill to outlaw cross-dressing

Trans women and men and non-binary people in Nigeria are nervously eyeing a parliamentary proposal that seeks to criminalise cross-dressing. It aims to amend the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act (SSMPA) and defines…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2022

Saudi police arrest TikToker for alleged lesbian subtext

Tala Safwan has five million followers on TikTok and 800,000 on YouTube. She lives in Saudi Arabia. Her content is similar to other young social media influencers around the world. Pranks, challenges,…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2022

An interview with Emmie America: The defiant Russian fashion photographer and LGBTQ+ activist

In 2021, fashion photographer and activist, Emmie America, was detained and fined by Russian authorities, after organising a politically charged photo shoot in Moscow, where 25 participants dressed in police uniforms surrounded…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2022

Fleeing War and Discrimination, LGBT Russians Find Refuge in South Caucasus

YEREVAN, Armenia — When tens of thousands of Russians fled the country this spring following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, many chose to resettle in Armenia and Georgia. But for LGBT Russians, their…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2022

Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance cancels rainbow light plan, citing threats and abuse

Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance has cancelled plans to illuminate the site in rainbow colours, citing "sustained abuse" and threats directed at its staff. The rainbow plan for Sunday night was set to…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2022

Rising hate leaves ‘no place for gays’ in Senegal

Every time Abdou’s mother hears of a homophobic attack in the streets of Senegal’s capital Dakar, she locks him in her bedroom. Abdou – who, like other LGBTQ people AFP interviewed, asked…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2022

Rise of homophobia in Senegal forcing LGBTQ people into the shadows

Every time Abdou's mother hears of a homophobic attack in the streets of Senegal's capital Dakar, she locks him in her bedroom. Abdou -- who, like other LGBTQ people AFP interviewed, asked…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Saudi Arabia arrests Egyptian social media star Tala Safwan for ‘immorality’

An Egyptian social media star has been detained in Saudi Arabia under accusations of being immoral and sexually suggestive online. Tala Safwan – who creates content on TikTok and YouTube – allegedly appeared in a recent…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Russia’s LGBT Community Braces For More Persecution As Duma Readies Stricter Propaganda Law

Anna Kosvinitseva is a web designer in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan who has been working mostly from home for the past few years. She says she has experienced numerous unpleasant…

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