• 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: 07/25/2022

Double the risk for Russian tennis star speaking out on LGBTQ rights and war in Ukraine

Russia's top female tennis player, Daria "Dasha" Kasatkina, has done something no Russian athlete of her rank has done before — she came out. While seeing a professional athlete from Canada or the U.S. speaking openly about their…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Glasgow bagel business owner on mission to help young LGBT Scots

IAN Brooke still looks over his shoulder when walking along a street when his husband takes his hand. The 42-year-old does it instinctively to see who might be there, partly for their…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Thousands join Budapest Pride march in sweltering heat

In sweltering temperatures, thousands of Hungarians took part in the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday, vowing to keep up their fight against government policies on LGBTQ rights that have drawn EU…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2022

Lebanon presses on with its crackdown on LGBTQ community

Nour never felt entirely safe as a queer person in Lebanon. But in the past few years, the 25-year-old pharmacist had begun letting his guard down, meeting with friends in LGBTQ-friendly spaces…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2022

LGBTQ+ Nigerians fear violence after sharia court death sentence

By Pelumi Salako - ILORIN, Nigeria, July 18 (Openly) - A Nigerian sharia court's decision to sentence three men to death by stoning for homosexual acts could trigger similar cases in the country's…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2022

Oklahoma town’s first openly gay mayor resigns over harassment, threats ‘bordering on violence’

Adam Graham, the first openly gay mayor of The Village, a town just outside Oklahoma City, has resigned, writing in a resignation letter that he no longer feels safe enough to serve. “In…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2022

Three strategies to survive being LGBTIQ+ in Nigeria

Nigeria’s discriminatory laws against LGBTQI+ people continue to have a huge negative impact on the lives of LGBTIQ+ folks living in the country. LGBTQI+ people are subjected to various human rights violations solely…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2022

Iranian LGBT Rights Defender Detained Again, Accused Of Trafficking Woman To Iraq

The Intelligence Organization of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has arrested Zahra Hamadani, a defender of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, on a charge of "trafficking" Iranian women to…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2022

Survey notes mixed levels of LGBTQ, intersex rights support among young Africans

A recent survey by the South Africa-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation that gauged the level of LGBTQ and intersex tolerance on the continent has received mixed reactions from some of Africa’s advocacy groups. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2022

LGBTQ communities facing new repression in Middle East

Most of the people around him don’t know he identifies as queer, the 20-year-old Iraqi student told DW. But life in his comparatively conservative southern city of Najaf is dangerous for him anyway. “Once…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2022

Iraq bid to ban homosexuality will ‘let government get away with murder’

Iraq’s government has announced plans to outlaw homosexuality, sparking anger and fear in the Iraqi LGBTQ+ community. On 8 July, the Iraqi parliament began the process of collecting signatures to pass a…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2022

Rwanda ‘lies’ on gay rights as activist claims they were told to assure refugees

Rwanda’s leaders are scrambling to make the country appear safe for gay people, it was claimed yesterday. A senior activist there told the People he was approached by officials and asked to…

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