• 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: 12/31/2018

A LGBTI activist in Malaysia speaks out

A 96-second video of an apparent homophobic attack has been circulating in Malaysia this week. A group of individuals verbally abuse, then violently attack, two men. The group accused the two of…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Watch – Marielle and Monica: the LGBT activists resisting Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Marielle Franco, Brazilian LGBT and human rights activist, was killed in March 2018. Her widow, Monica Benicio, continued her fight for better treatment of the poor, the LGBT community and black Brazilians.…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

This Egyptian LGBT couple received threats post-engagement in Canada

For two Egyptian women, being in a relationship without risking their lives meant traveling all the way to Canada. Soon after they arrived there, Miral Mokhtar and Nouran El Gendy decided to…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Donors cut aid to Tanzania after rights crackdown

Tanzania's tough-talking president John Magufuli has earned respect by fighting corruption, but international donors are now concerned by crackdowns on human rights. The European Union, Tanzania's biggest development partner, and the World Bank…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Life is hard as a gay refugee

I am a Ugandan man living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya, where I am seeking asylum. I am 23 years old, the second child to parents who did not accept…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2018

Activists Agree With Canada Warning To Lgbtqi Community

TWO LGBTQI activists yesterday agreed with Canadian government’s crime advisory warning Canadians to consider the risks of traveling to The Bahamas because homosexuality is not widely accepted. Alexus D’Marco, a lesbian, gay,…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2018

Meet the lesbian prisoner who won apology from Colombian government

Marta Álvarez was subjected to almost a decade of abuse and humiliation because of her sexuality. The lesbian activist spent nine years in a Colombian prison and experienced a series of relentless homophobic attacks…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Malaysian Activists condemn assault of two men accused of homosexuality

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists today condemned the violent assault of two young men after they were beaten up by several unknown assailants for allegedly having sex in a car.…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Interview: Indonesians are gay-friendly if not brainwashed

Dede Oetomo is the founder and trustee of the Indonesian LGBT advocacy group GAYa Nusantara Foundation, based in Surabaya. "Indonesia has always been conservative and it has gotten better in some ways.…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Trans prisoner moved to female prison after year-long court battle

A trans woman prisoner has been transferred to a female prison in Illinois after a year-long court battle. Deon ‘Strawberry’ Hampton described being treated like a ‘sex slave’ while housed in multiple in male penitentiaries over several years. Hampton, 27,…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2018

I survived conversion therapy as a child. Now, I’m part of the movement to ban it for good.

As a child undergoing conversion therapy in Florida in the early 2000s, I could never have imagined how different this nation would be nearly 20 years later. I could not have fathomed the power…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2018

Activists replace 200 Tube adverts with instructions on how to stop deportations

Campaign asks members of the public to protest deportations on commercial flights by refusing to take seat. Campaigners have “hacked” hundreds of adverts on the London Underground, replacing them with notices telling passengers how…

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