• 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: 06/06/2018

Mafia Villa to Become LGBTI Shelter in Italy

A villa seized from the mafia near Naples is to become a shelter for LGBTI Italians and migrants who have fled discrimination in their home countries, in a bid to foster acceptance…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2018

LGBTQ Canadians Disproportionately Affected by Violence According to Stats Canada Survey

“Many people feel it is open season on LGBTQ people,” Dr. Kristopher Wells, an associate professor with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta began. “Increasingly,…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2018

Toronto’s LGBT Community Mourns Lives Lost in Tragedies with Candlelight Vigil

Members of the LGBT community in Toronto have hosted a candlelight vigil mourning the victims of recent tragedies in the Canadian city. On Sunday (June 3), the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2018

China’s LGBT community finds hope at end of rainbow

When two women wearing rainbow badges were beaten up by security guards in an arty part of Beijing last month (May), social media users quickly jumped in to fight their corner. China’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

LGBT, Terrified for Their Lives in Russia, and Desperate for Asylum

The Russian-based organization Stimul offers safe places to live and asylum advocacy for LGBT people fleeing life-threatening situations in homophobic Central Asian countries. When he was 15, his family found out that…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

Russia Will Allow Displays of Pride During World Cup Despite ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law

Despite the fact that hate crimes have doubled since Russia implemented its “gay propaganda” law in 2013, LGBT people attending the World Cup, which kicks off there June 14 and runs through mid-July, will…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Transgender Honduran Woman’s Death in US ‘ice box’ Detention Prompts Outcry

A transgender Honduran woman died in Ice custody last Friday after coming to the US as part of a caravan of Central American migrants, including several dozen other transgender women fleeing persecution in…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

Gay Sex to be Banned in Indonesia – But It’s ‘Not Discriminatory,’ Say Lawmakers

Gay sex is set to be made illegal in Indonesia. The country’s new criminal code, which includes a prohibition on homosexual acts, is currently being discussed in the House of Representatives, with…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2018

Growing up LGBT in Ireland ‘still Quite Difficult’, Says Report

Ireland is still a difficult place for young LGBT people to live, even after the marriage equality referendum, according to the head of Belong To at the launch of its annual report…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2018

Australian Government Rejects Safeguards for Gay Asylum Seekers

The Australian government has rejected calls to provide guarantees that gay asylum seekers will not be sent back to countries where they face the death penalty. MPs from the opposition Labor Party…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

88 Gay Men’s Deaths Tied to Hate Crimes in Sydney with Many Still Unsolved

The homicides of at least 30 gay men killed in hate crimes remain unsolved decades after they happened in Sydney, Australia. Police in New South Wales (NSW) – the state of which…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

The Oppression of ‘Tolerance’ in Guyana

“He was burned to death in a house . . . They burned him to death. They tied him up and then burned the house . . . [The police failed to…

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