• 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: 01/16/2019

The murder of Gdansk mayor Paweł Adamowicz reflects Poland’s increasingly toxic political climate

In 2017, a far-right youth organisation called All-Polish Youth issued a series of “political death certificates” announcing the demise of high-profile pro-European politicians. Among them was Paweł Adamowicz, the long-serving mayor of…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

New details emerge about what one source calls an anti-LGBTQ ‘genocide’

On Friday, January 11, Novaya Gazeta reported that persecution of individuals thought to be LGBTQ has drastically increased since late December in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Since then, Meduza has received additional information from the…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2019

Men suspected of being gay robbed, stripped and blackmailed in Ghana

Homophobes have continued their aggravated attacks on people they believe to be gay or lesbian in Ghana. This phenomenon of lawless attacks on perceived LGBTI persons has taken a new twist as…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2019

An evangelical group is trying to strip LGBTQ protections from an anti-lynching bill

Congress is finally close to passing a bill that makes lynching a hate crime — but an evangelical group is trying to remove any reference to LGBTQ communities from the legislation. When…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya accuse U.N. of failing on protection, shelter

It wasn’t long after Joe’s father was shot dead for being gay that the 24-year-old Ugandan college student realized the men from his church would be coming for him next.  First came…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

Reports surface of fresh anti-gay purge in Chechnya

Activists in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya are warning of a new gay purge even as Chelyabinsk celebrated a small victory. The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Israeli Doctors Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Gay People

A ban on conversion therapy by Israeli doctors will help protect gay people from treatments that claim to make them straight, but more work needs to be done with religious groups that…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Human Rights Commission warns Depok’s policies produce potential for anti-LGBT discrimination

State-sanctioned discrimination in Indonesia against the LGBT community and individuals saw a sharp increase towards the end of last year as officials in a number of cities and regions — particularly parts…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

How stigma prevents Delhi’s gay men from getting tested for HIV

When the news broke that India’s Supreme Court had struck down a colonial-era law making gay sex illegal, the reaction in Delhi was jubilant, with public celebrations erupting across the capital. Fast forward four months and HIV/Aids charities are…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

Pushed to Fringes of Indian Society, Delhi’s Trans Women Face Constant HIV Threat

Boby has lost track of the precise number of times she has been gang-raped. She thinks it is between eight and 10. “Every time it has been without condom,” she says. “Every…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

For LGBTI People in Lebanon, They Go Through Their Own Stonewall

It is reported that on the night of June 28, 1969, transgender revolutionary Sylvia Rivera, infuriated and exhausted with the way the queer community had been treated, took off her shoe and…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

Evangelical Activists Want LGBTI People Excluded from Anti-lynching Bill

Evangelical activists are pressing Republican lawmakers to strip protections for LGBT+ people from an anti-lynching bill. The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act cleared the US Senate on December 20 in a rare…

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