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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: 04/16/2021

Thai LGBT couple speak out against Indonesia’s online bullying

Twenty-nine-year-old Jasmine, who asked to use a pseudonym to protect her privacy, moved to northern Thailand last year to be with her boyfriend, a 60-year-old American. As a trans woman, Jasmine, feared…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2021

Women, Girls and LGBT Fight for Rights in Myanmar: “We Have to Win This Time”

In early February, women, girls and members of the LGBT community hit the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other cities throughout Myanmar to protest the country’s military takeover. Protesters—many of them young…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

Sex ed rules passed in Arizona would require parents to sign off on LGBT discussions

Arizona has passed new sex education rules that would require parents to sign off on their children learning about LGBT issues. It "requires the school governing board to develop procedures by which…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

Tunisian LGBT rights group provides vital services during pandemic

The Tunisian LGBT rights group Mawjoudin (Arabic for “We Exist”) has been providing vital services to vulnerable community members through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its just-released annual newsletter. Mawjoudin was founded…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

Promising Guyanese designer found murdered in Trinidad

Police in Trinidad and Tobago are investigating the murder of 27-year-old Guyanese-born fashion designer, Marc Anthony Singh. The youth who moved to Trinidad several years ago, was found stabbed to death in…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

LGBT persecution on the rise in Cameroon, Human Rights Watch says

Cameroon security forces have arrested, threatened or assaulted at least 24 people since February in a ramped-up crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Fury at UNHCR as burned Kakuma LGBTQIA+ refugee dies

Activists slam the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after Kakuma Camp LGBTQIA+ refugee and human rights defender Chriton ‘Trinidad’ Atuhwera dies from burns sustained in a homophobic attack. The 22-year-old had been in…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Backlash in Iran after academic calls for ‘removing gays’ from Tehran

Activists launched a petition against an Iranian academic and theatre director who was slammed for making homophobic remarks in an outrageous rant against the Iran's LGBTQ+ community. Last month, Ghotboddin Sadegh told…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

Angry LGBTQI+ community demands justice following brutal murder

As Human Rights Month ended, Sphamandla Khoza’s family learnt that he was killed in an alleged hate crime which sparked outrage, calls for justice and marches. Last week, the 34-year-old’s body was…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

LGBTQ Members Face Threats in Iraqi Kurdistan

The plight of Iraq's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer (LGBTQ) community returned to the spotlight last week when Kurdish security forces in Sulaymaniyah reportedly arrested several gay men. The…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

Attack on Blogger Drives Uzbek Gay Community Underground

Members of Uzbekistan's LGBT community say they have been driven underground in fear of a violent backlash after a blogger and some of his supporters were attacked last month following social media…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Russian LGBTQ asylum seekers stranded in Guam

Egor is a gay man who grew up in a village near Russia’s Ural Mountains. Military service in Russia is compulsory, and Egor was studying in the city of Nizhny Novgorod in…

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