• 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: 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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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Puerto Rico activists criticize religious freedom, conversion therapy bills

Activists in Puerto Rico have sharply criticized two bills they say will allow anti-LGBT discrimination. Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Tuesday at a press conference that took place at his official residence in…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Tunisia invokes sharia law in bid to shut down LGBT rights group

One of the Arab world’s most visible advocacy groups defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is facing closure following legal threats by the government. Association Shams has…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Hopeful signs for LGBT people in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, homophobia remains a problem, but LGBT people are seeing increased signs of public acceptance, including politicians coming out in support of their LGBT constituents. In St. Lucia, the National…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Trans women march for their rights in conservative Indonesia

Adhe Jengker marched among 4,000 others at the Women’s March in Jakarta Saturday. A tall trans woman in her late 20s, Jengker carried a poster that said “The Future is Non-Binary.” She…

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Where Love is Illegal

By Max Micallef William Lounsbury is the Head of Communications for the Witness Change non-profit organization. The non-profit holds the goal of ending human rights violations of marginalized communities around the world.…

ADDED ON: 04/26/2019

Armenian MPs call for transgender activist Lilit Martirosyan to be burned alive after high-profile speech

Armenia’s first registered transgender woman has received death threats after making a speech in her country’s national assembly. Lilit Martirosyan became the first member of her country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

New IRA claims responsibility Northern Ireland lesbian journalist’s death

Members of the New IRA apologized for last week's killing of prominent lesbian journalist Lyra McKee by one of its volunteer members in a statement to the media Tuesday. McKee was shot…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

ANTI-GAY KUWAITI ACADEMIC CLAIMS SUPPOSITORY “CURE” FOR HOMOSEXUALITY

A homophobic Kuwaiti academic claimed on Scope TV in March that she invented a cure for homosexuality based on Islamic medicine. “I discovered therapeutic suppositories that curb the sexual urges of boys…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

Exposed: How Malaysia fosters anti-LGBT bias, violence

In Malaysia, a wide range of government-sponsored programs spread misinformation about LGBT people, which leads to anti-gay discrimination and violence. After human rights defender Numan Afifi described those abuses to the U.N.…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

India opens health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT people

India has opened the doors to its first health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT+ people. The healthcare centre, located in Mumbai, employs LGBT+ receptionists, pharmacists, and counsellors to provide the…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

How a gay student’s suicide after being outed is helping Japan’s LGBT community speak up

The name of a gay student who died after being outed may remain known to only a small number of people – his immediate family, friends, classmates, and the university where he…

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