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  • 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: 01/03/2020

The region which legislates who you can love

"It's mainly snide remarks due to toxic masculinity," Aziza Lake says. But homophobia in Antigua and Barbuda sometimes manifests itself in sporadic brutality too, she continues. In her rainbow-coloured shirt and hat,…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2020

How the U.S. immigration system nearly tore this LGBTQ couple apart

After living as an openly gay couple in Honduras, Oscar Juarez Hernandez and Darwin Garcia Portillo thought the United States was the last place where their inability to get married might get…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2020

Rio police ID suspect in attack on Netflix gay Jesus filmmakers

Police in Rio de Janeiro have identified one of the people responsible for a gasoline bomb attack targeting satirists behind a Christmas program on Netflix that some critics have described as blasphemous.…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2020

The Top LGBTQ Stories of the Decade

The decade of the 2010s saw unprecedented steps forward for the LGBTQ community in the U.S., with the winning of the right to marry same-sex partners and serve openly in the military,…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Over the rainbow: A life of LGBTQ dignity is within reach

If someone told Sindhuja in the dying moments of 2009 that a decade later, she would be standing as a full citizen and garnering the adulation of her family and friends, she…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

LGBT refugees: Repeatedly attacked in Kenya but unable to leave

On Christmas Day, LGBT refugees in Kenya again were the targets of homophobic attacks. It was just the latest outrage against LGBT asylum-seekers who are repeatedly told that, no matter where they…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

UN official: Past decade has seen human rights `backlash’

The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official. Andrew Gilmour,…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

The US Hasn’t Only Stopped Defending LGBTQ Rights Around The World, Now It’s Part Of The Problem

My first job at BuzzFeed News in 2013 was something of an experiment: We wanted to cover LGBTQ rights worldwide as seriously as we cover wars or elections. The US and the…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Transgender in Pakistan: Maya, the woman who almost broke free

She was from Nowshera, northern Pakistan, where society is conservative and tolerance for non-conformity runs thin. And Maya didn't conform. She was transgender, born male but identifying and living as woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Beloved transgender activist who raised awareness about transphobia killed in Toronto

A Canadian transgender activist who worked to raise awareness about transphobia was killed in Toronto, Canada’s The Globe and Mail reported. Julie Berman was found by police on Sunday afternoon at a…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

From parades to punishments: 10 headline LGBT+ stories in 2019

Millions of people joined Pride marches around the world in 2019 and gay, bisexual and transgender rights were increasingly in the spotlight, with some countries legalizing gay marriage while other mulled the…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2019

Brazilian comedy group hit by Molotov cocktails after film on ‘gay Jesus’

Molotov cocktails were thrown at the headquarters of Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve, weeks after the group launched a film on Netflix depicting Jesus…

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