• 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: 05/14/2019

Record number of anti-LGBTQI+ attacks in France: report

Assaults in France on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hit a new record in 2018, “a dark year” for the LGBT community, French group SOS Homophobie reported Tuesday. The non-profit association…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

Turkey: ‘Appalling’ violence used against students holding Pride march

Reacting to the news that a Pride march organized by students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara has been violently broken up by police and 25 students arrested, Fotis…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2019

Lavender Scare’ bill seeks to address midcentury purging of gay federal workers

Democratic lawmakers are trying to make amends for a dark period in U.S. history — when thousands of federal employees were fired or forced to resign between the late 1940s and 1960s…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2019

This group of gay Mexicans arrested in 1935 are inspiring people in 2019

The internet has sent a picture of LGBTI Mexicans, purportedly arrested for homosexuality in 1935, viral in the past few days. The photo belongs to the collection of the National Photo Library…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

Cuban gay rights groups hold unauthorized march in Havana

Gay-rights activists organizing on social media held an unauthorized march Saturday down eight blocks of one of Havana’s main thoroughfares before they were stopped by police. The march was the second by…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

Brunei LGBT community living in fear despite sultan’s death penalty reprieve

When the Sultan of Brunei last week announced a moratorium on the much-condemned death penalty for gay sex, some hailed the move as a major advance. But inside the tiny South-East Asian…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2019

Russian LGBTIs risk arrest by holding public vigil for gay Holocaust victims

In an act of brave defiance, a group of LGBTI Russians commemorated the gay victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Leading LGBTI activist Petr Voskresenskii secretly planned the event in St Petersburg held…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2019

This New Happiness Survey Is Asking LGBT People Around the World, ‘How Happy Are You?’

Happiness and quality of life are both essential to people’s well-being. Yet in too many countries those qualities in LGBT people are seriously compromised due to the stigma, discrimination, violence and even…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2019

Russia: New Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya

Police in Chechnya have carried out a new round of unlawful detentions, beatings, and humiliation of men they presume to be gay or bisexual, Human Rights Watch said today. The new abuses…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Peru holds out some hope for Venezuelan migrants with HIV

Sulaida Ramirez Davila sat in a support group for those with AIDS and HIV, like her son, Rafael Olivares. Tears welled up as she recalled her decision three years ago to leave…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Governments urged to keep pressure on Brunei after gay sex death penalty halt

Diplomatic pressure on Brunei should not be eased until anti-LGBT+ laws are completely repealed, human rights advocates said on Monday, dismissing the Southeast Asian country's move to extend a moratorium on the…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

From Spain to Turkey, the rise of the far right is a clash of cultures not civilisations

Vox and other extremists are making huge political gains for the first time in years. Their success risks tearing societies apart. I spent part of my childhood in Ankara and part of…

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