• 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: 07/17/2022

UN urged to move Cop27 from Egypt over ‘LGBTQ+ torture’

A White House adviser and his partner have called on the United Nations to move a key climate change summit from Egypt due to the country’s treatment of LGBTQ people, citing fears…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2022

Invitation: Survey aims to learn the realities of LGBTQI lives worldwide

Gay-friendly researchers are reaching out to LGBTQI community members with the goal of creating an accurate account of what LGBTQI life is like in each of 204 nations worldwide. To accomplish that,…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2022

Yulia Tsvetkova: Russian LGBT activist acquitted of ‘porn’ charges

A prominent feminist and LGBT activist has been acquitted of controversial "pornography" charges in Russia. Yulia Tsvetkova, 29, was accused of distributing pornography and "LGBT propaganda" in 2019, and was facing a…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2022

Brittney Griner’s story always transcended sport. She’s a real American trailblazer

The images of Brittney Griner from 15 April 2013 are striking. It was the night of the annual WNBA draft, and Griner was beaming from ear to ear. For months, everyone expected her…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2022

Climate Of Hate’ For LGBT Defenders In Former Soviet Republics

Amnesty International says groups that defend LGBT rights are facing a rise in hostility in parts of the former Soviet Union, fueled by discrimination, homophobia, and what it called Russia's crusade against…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2022

S.Korea steps up security after Abe killing, U.S. ambassador due at LGBTQ parade

SEOUL, July 12 (Reuters) - South Korea is beefing up security for high-profile figures in light of the assassination of Japan's former premier Shinzo Abe, officials said on Tuesday, including for an…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2022

Better to be a Jew Than Gay in Gaza, Says Gazan LGBTQ Man

“The lives of LGBTQ young people on the Palestinian streets, and especially in Gaza, are hell,” Ahmad, a 27-year-old from Gaza, a gay man who conceals his orientation and any sign that…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2022

Nigerian actor Uche Maduagwu arrested after bravely coming out as gay: ‘I will forever remain gay’

Popular Nigerian social media personality Uche Maduagwu, who previously denied he was gay, has bravely come out in a candid post on Instagram. Maduagwu was riled to come out in response to…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2022

Gov’t will not ‘actively’ implement LGBT-focused legislation

By Kadeem Joseph - Kadeem.joseph@antiguaobserver.com. With debate continuing on a recent ruling by the courts that deemed Antigua and Barbuda’s decades-old anti-buggery laws unconstitutional, the government said the country will not be “actively” reshaping…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2022

UNAIDS welcomes the repeal of laws that criminalise and discriminate against LGBT people in Antigua and Barbuda

Geneva, July 7, 2022— UNAIDS applauds the ruling of the Antigua and Barbuda High Court of Justice that effectively decriminalises consensual same-sex sexual activity by holding that sections 12 and 15 of the Caribbean country’s 1995 Sexual Offences…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2022

Singapore says those ‘engaging in gay sex’ will not be prosecuted despite archaic law that bans it

Singapore will not prosecute citizens under its colonial-era law against consensual same-sex sexual relations, a local government official has claimed. During an interview on BBC’s “Hardtalk” on June 29, 2022, Home Affairs…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2022

Antigua and Barbuda overturn colonial-era law criminalising gay sex

A Caribbean court has ruled a colonial-era law in Antigua and Barbuda that criminalizes gay sex is unconstitutional in a landmark win for campaigners. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court found that ‘the…

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