• 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: 05/31/2020

Brazil’s crisis deepens as Bolsonaro holds on to the military for support

Brazil has kicked political drama to the curb. Between scandals, powerplay episodes, and a slew of surprising statements, the South American country has been a mainstay in news headlines recently. But now,…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

Fact check: The LGBTQ community is not adding “P” to their acronym

Social media users have been sharing posts online that falsely imply the LGBTQ community is accepting of “pedosexuals”. There are different versions of the posts, but most refer to the claim that…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

The Coronavirus Thrives on Hate

On May 1, just before social distancing rules were officially relaxed, a man went out to a few gay clubs in Seoul. He was later confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, promptly…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

Dozens of LGBTQ Groups Denounce Racist Violence

Following a series of racist incidents and fatal police shootings targeting Black individuals, a coalition of leaders representing at least 75 LGBTQ organizations signed a joint statement denouncing racial violence and encouraging…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2020

Gay people in Myanmar have adopted a secret language

Wednesday has just turned into Thursday in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, and pleasure-seekers are on the prowl in a glitzy neighbourhood. Drivers slow down to inspect sex workers waiting by the kerb.…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2020

Malaysian wins landmark right to challenge Muslim gay sex ban

Malaysia’s top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic ban on sex “against the order of nature”, his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2020

Larry Kramer, Pioneering AIDS Activist And Writer, Dies At 84

Larry Kramer was one of the first activists against AIDS, back when the disease didn't even have a name. In the early 1980s, Kramer witnessed hundreds, then thousands of gay men die…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2020

‘We were so ready’: LGBT refugees in Kenya live in fear as global resettlement is put on hold

After four years of waiting, he had the ticket booked: Nairobi, Frankfurt, Toronto. He had fled Uganda's violent homophobia, survived in neighboring Kenya, where it's only a little better, and allowed himself…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2020

Two Years in Prison for Gay Sex in Turkmenistan

In Turkmenistan, men who have sex with men continue to be arrested and imprisoned on sodomy charges. In mid-March independent media in the region reported the arrest of a popular entertainer as…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2020

Zambian president pardons gay couple jailed for 15 years

Zambia’s president has pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era sodomy laws in a case that caused a diplomatic row with the United States. Japhet…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2020

Anti-LGBT+ church sued over historic child sex abuse and ‘protecting abusers’

An anti-LGBT+ California church is being sued for allegedly failing to protect two young boys from sexual abuse more than 30 years ago. Carl Epperson and Larry Spencer are suing the anti-LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2020

Cuba’s LGBTQ community is living a week of celebrations and controversy

This past Monday the LGBTI+ community celebrated the first anniversary of the march of May 11, 2019, when several hundred people demonstrated in Havana. This protest followed the cancellation of an official…

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