• 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: 08/31/2020

Ukrainian neo-Nazis attack LGBT ‘pride’ event in Odessa, organizers say police were slow to intervene but 16 people later arrested

Sixteen Ukrainian ultra-nationalists were arrested on Sunday after the far-right Christian organization 'Tradition and Order' attacked marchers at Odessa Pride 2020, the city's biggest celebration of LGBT society and culture. According to…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Sapporo and Osaka allow LGBT partners to get victim support money

SAPPORO – Sapporo and Osaka have made lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples in officially recognized partnerships eligible to receive support money if they are victims of crime, marking a rare move…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Nationalists fought with participants of the LGBT festival in Odessa

As noted by law enforcement officers, opponents of the LGBT movement sprayed gas in the crowd and pelted the activists with eggs. The perpetrators also shouted obscene nationalist slogans. As a result…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

Grumpy Virgin bows out as drag becomes a political act in Turkey

For decades in Turkey, there was no higher honour than being made fun of by Huysuz Virjin (Grumpy Virgin), the country’s first drag queen, beloved for her glamorous outfits and outrageous sense…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Yurok Tribe joins federal lawsuit over data on tribal, LGBTQ foster youth

The Yurok Tribe is one of more than half-a-dozen parties that sued the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families on Thursday over Trump administration rollbacks…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

The activist-led Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) aims to strengthen West African movements for gender diversity and sexual rights. To accomplish that, it takes a flexible approach to grant-making, building a…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2020

Uganda officials ignore criminal summonses for LGBTQ torture

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer each ignored a summons requiring him to show up in court yesterday to face criminal charges of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2020

New Zealand: Young queer and trans people face growing housing barriers

RainbowYOUTH homelessness support worker Therese Go says they have seen an increase in referrals from social workers, nurses and school counsellors who are concerned the young Aucklanders they are working with are…

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Tarek Zeidan – Helem, Lebanon

Tarek Zeidan is the executive director of Helem in Lebanon. Tarek tells us about his background as an activist, the origins and current status of Helem, how the LGBTI rights movement has…

ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Hateful rhetoric against transgender people is culminating in physical attacks, Sheffield LGBT charity warns

Heather Paterson, CEO of Say It Sheffield, says the language seen used against trans people is similar to that seen in the 1980s against gay and lesbian people, and is culminating in…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Erased From the Trump Administration’s Draft of Key Foreign Aid Policy: Any Mention of LGBT People

The lead U.S. foreign aid agency has proposed a new policy on gender and women’s empowerment that eliminates any mention of transgender people or contraceptives, running counter to its own long-standing practices…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Holland, Michigan adopts anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ, others

After a seven-hour meeting that went into the night and included several hours of impassioned public comment, Holland City Council voted 8-1 early Thursday morning to approve an ordinance protecting LGBTQ individuals,…

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