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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: 12/24/2019

Africa’s homophobia problem

Human rights activists in southern Africa have criticised Zambia’s tough approach to homosexuality after the country’s High Court sentenced two men last month to 15 years in jail for “crimes against the…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2019

U.S. Recalls Its Ambassador to Zambia After Gay Rights Row: Sources

The United States has withdrawn its ambassador to Zambia following a row with authorities in the southern African nation after he criticized the jailing of a gay couple, embassy sources said on…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2019

Brazil: Bolsonaro in homophobic outburst as corruption scandal swirls

Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has launched a homophobic attack on a journalist from one of the country’s top newspapers in an apparent bid to divert attention from a spiraling corruption scandal…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2019

Lambda Legal: Trump Administration’s Assault On the Courts and LGBTQ Protections Intensifies

Lambda Legal released the third edition of its annual report of judicial nominees revealing the alarming extent to which the Trump-Pence administration, with the help of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2019

Weeks after suspicious death, Haiti gay rights activist still not buried

More than three weeks after the death of a prominent gay rights activist in Haiti under suspicious circumstances, he still has not been buried and no autopsy has been performed to find…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2019

European Assembly Blasts Polish ‘Anti-LGBT’ Zones

The European Parliament on Wednesday blasted Poland for creating zones "free from any LGBTI ideology" and suggested closer attention should be paid as a result to EU grants destined for Warsaw. Brussels…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2019

Anti-LGBT discrimination has a huge human toll. Research proves it.

In a trio of cases heard in October, the Supreme Court weighed whether discrimination against LGBT people should be legal. Over the course of those and related cases, a handful of scholars…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2019

A Gay Film Sent an Entire Nation Into a Frenzy

Conflicts around gender and sexuality are often indicators of social tension. A recent public clash over the screening of a film in Tbilisi gives insight into the fault lines of contemporary politics…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2019

Everyone welcome? Gay football fans prepare for Qatar

World Cup 2022 host Qatar has given the clearest indication yet that LGBT fans will be welcome, engaging with gay supporters as it hosts the Club World Cup -- despite criminalising homosexuality.…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2019

Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Punching Transgender Woman

An Oregon man convicted of punching a transgender woman has been sentenced to probation. Dominick Gonzales, 38, changed his plea Friday and was convicted of first-degree bias crime for punching the woman…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2019

Gabon bans gay sex as global pace of reform falters

Gabon has passed a law against gay sex, becoming the 70th country to ban the practice, an official confirmed, as the global pace of reform falters. The central African country banned “sexual…

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