• 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: 02/20/2018

Indonesia: Anti-LGBT Team Established in Depok

The Depok administration in West Java has formed an anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) special force, in its response to the arrest of two homosexual men who allegedly spread intimate footage…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

He Was Convicted of a Sex Act That’s No Longer a Crime. Years Later, He’s Deemed a Sex Offender.

Charlton Green was 20 when he was arrested after having oral sex with a 16-year-old male in a Georgia hotel room. He was convicted of a sex crime — not because the…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

One Man’s Journey Through Gay Conversion Therapy

Bojidar Kandar was a senior at Amherst Central High School when he finally told his mother he was gay. “She thought something was wrong that she couldn’t fix,” said Kandar, now 30.…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

LGBT Journalist Escapes Russian Courts, Arrives in Germany

Khudoberdi Nurmatov, a journalist and LGBT activist who was detained by Russian authorities last year for violating migration laws, was granted court permission to go to Germany after he faced deportation back…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

Ethan Stables Convicted Over Gay Pride Attack Plan

Ethan Stables, 20, planned to strike at the LGBTI event at the New Empire pub in Barrow, Cumbria, in June 2017. He claimed he posted comments on Facebook to impress far-right friends…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

India Not the Only Nation Where Colonial-Era Anti-gay Law Still Exists

36 of the 52 Commonwealth countries across the world share the remnants of Britain’s legalized homophobia in the form of Section 377 in their penal codes. In all these countries, the exact same…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

Survey Finds Bullying of LGBT Pupils in Scottish Schools is Rife

More than one third of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils experienced a hate crime or incident in the past year, according to a new survey. A poll of nearly 700 LGBT pupils…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2018

White Supremacists on College Campuses: The ADL Says Hateful Rhetoric is Surging

According to the Anti Defamation League, white supremacist propaganda is showing up more often on college campuses, including in Ohio. The ADL released a report this week showing a surge in campus propaganda last semester. A…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2018

Billings Church Gets Hit Again with Swastika, Anti-Gay Graffiti

A week after someone left a stack of anti-gay pamphlets at a gay-friendly church in Billings, more messages appeared in and around the building, including swastikas and a hastily scrawled “No gays”…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov: Survivors of Gay Concentration Camps Made It Up ‘for Money’

There is no truth to claims LGBT people are being persecuted in Chechnya, President Ramzan Kadyrov has said. The pro-Putin leader told the BBC that “not one person” in Chechnya has committed…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Far-Right AfD Member Converted to Islam in Protest at Church’s Gay Marriage Stance

A member of Germany's far-right and anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany party (AfD) who recently converted to Islam has said he did so in protest at what he sees as the "moral decline"…

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Akahatá – Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros

Akatatá aims to advance, promote and defend LGBT and sexual rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. Akahatá seeks to give visibility to violations that people in the region suffer on the basis of sexuality and gender identities or expressions. “LGBT rights” in writing will mean nothing as long as discrimination and violence remain rampant, and Akahatá is committed to finding solutions to addressing these issues.