• 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: 05/09/2019

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Diplomatic pressure on Brunei should not be eased until anti-LGBT+ laws are completely repealed, human rights advocates said on Monday, dismissing the Southeast Asian country's move to extend a moratorium on the…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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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

LGBT in West Africa: Arrests, lynchings, discrimination, denial

West African nations display a mix of mostly abusive responses to LGBT people, including denial that they exist, lynchings and arrests even without anti-homosexuality laws. The context of West Africa is peculiar…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Jamaica: LGBTs Want Seat At National Table

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community are insisting that they be included in national campaigns that focus on the protection of the rights of the vulnerable in society.…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBTI rights in the Balkans: A perpetual struggle

Romanian Adrian Coman and his American-born partner Clai Hamilton had two major reasons to celebrate when they tied the knot last June. One of course, was their marriage. The other was the…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBT in the Persian Gulf: Hiding is critical

In the Persian Gulf, LGBT persons in general hide their sexual orientation and non-conforming gender identity. Expressing them could put them at grave risk of violence and criminal prosecution, not only to…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

My LGBT-friendly mosque saved me from being radicalised’

Sitting in my bedroom alone, a wave of fear washed over me. I was 12 years old, confused, and scared – I was beginning to realise I was gay. My dad was…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

LGBTs visit US-Mexico border, meet asylum seekers

President Donald Trump threw asylum seekers and immigration advocates another wrench April 29, proposing new restrictions targeting the United States' southwestern border. Late Monday, Trump ordered acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

Ex-president Da Silva: Brazil governed by ‘crazy people’

From the federal police headquarters where he is serving a sentence for corruption and money laundering, Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the South American country is now being…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Saudi Arabia beheaded 5 men ‘proven’ to be gay under torture

Saudi Arabia recently beheaded 37 men in a mass execution. Most were suspected spies and terrorists allegedly working on behalf of Iran, but one of the men “allegedly admitted to having sex…

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