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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: 08/26/2021

CANADA: TRUE NORTH FOR LGBTI AFGHAN REFUGEES

  While thousands of vulnerable Afghan refugees look to flee their homes, LGBTI refugees aren’t included by most countries as being vulnerable. Canada is a proud exception.  Canada’s history of providing protection…

ADDED ON: 08/25/2021

64 members of Congress urge US to evacuate LGBTQ Afghans

More than 60 members of Congress on Tuesday urged the U.S. to evacuate LGBTQ Afghans from their country after the Taliban regained control of it. The letter to Secretary of State Antony…

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ADDED ON: 08/24/2021

UK: Police to now use ‘rainbow coloured’ patrol cars to help the LGBT community

In a bid to encourage the LGBTQ+ community to lodge complaints of online hate crimes, the police in the United Kingdom have decided to paint their patrol cars in rainbow colours. The…

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ADDED ON: 08/24/2021

Gay, transgender conversion therapy ban initiative heads to Parliament

A citizens' initiative to ban sexual orientation and gender identification conversion therapy in Finland reached the required 50,000 signatures on Monday, which means it will now be referred to Parliament for consideration.…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2021

Discrimination against LGBTQ+ soldiers doesn’t stop just because a policy has been revoked

In 1969, former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau decriminalized “homosexuality” in Canadian civil society declaring “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” Yet, the Canadian Armed Forces…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2021

LGBTQ leader cries foul vs homophobic acts in Zambo

The President of the Lesbian Gay Bisexuals and Transgenders Federation of Zamboanga (LGBTFZ) cried foul against homophobic acts in the city as he called for increased advocacy and education on acceptance of…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2021

Two LGBT marches held in Poland under heavy police security

Parades for LGBT rights took place under heavy police presence Saturday at the foot of Catholic Poland’s most revered monastery in Czestochowa, in the south, and in Gdansk, on the Baltic coast.…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2021

Romania’s LGBT community sees gains, ongoing rights struggle

The last person jailed for being gay in Romania walked free in 1998. The country decriminalized homosexuality three years after that, in 2001, while reforming its laws to qualify for membership in…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2021

Sri Lanka discusses LGBTQ rights ‘over and over’, but clings to the past

The government of Sri Lanka is undecided on LGBTQ rights, but the matter is under discussion, government officials say. The video, which surfaced on Twitter [on Aug. 2], showed the counsellor posing…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2021

Gay Immigrant Recalls Tumultuous Escape From Nigeria

Uchechukwu Onwa, a gay immigrant from Nigeria, said he knew it was time to leave his home country when a group of men brutally raped his teenage friend for appearing “effeminate.” Months…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2021

Denmark, Sweden host largest post-pandemic LGBTQ rights conference

The WorldPride 2021 Human Rights Conference that took place this week in Copenhagen was the largest in-person LGBTQ rights gathering since the pandemic began. “We have activists coming from all over the…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2021

This brave charity is helping desperate LGBT+ Afghans escape the brutal Taliban

The Rainbow Railroad is a global NGO providing aid and asylum to LGBT+ people around the world. Since its founding it’s helped more than 1,600 LGBT+ people find safety, including many victims…

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