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  • 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: 11/14/2020

St. Petersburg authorities disrupt LGBT film fest opening

St. Petersburg police and officials from Russia’s consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor disrupted the opening night of Russia’s only annual LGBT film festival, its organizers said. The Side By Side film festival has…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Angola: New penal code adds protections for sexual orientation

Angola’s National Assembly approved a final reading of the new Penal Code which will go into effect in February 2021. The code removes the phrase “vices against nature” which had been used…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Instead of controlling the pandemic, Hungarian government launches crusade against LGBTQI people

Tuesday was an eventful day at Parliament. The Judicial Committee of the Parliament initiated the abolishment of the Equal Treatment Authority (ETA), Hungary's most important equality body set up in 2005. The…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Biden rekindles American Dream for Africa’s LGBT+ refugees

Joe Biden's electoral victory has revived the American Dream for scores of African LGBT+ refugees who fled persecution at home only to languish in Kenya when President Donald Trump denied them a…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

EU launches LGBT protection strategy as homophobia rises in east

The European Union's executive Commission launched its first strategy to protect the rights of LGBT people on Thursday, a challenge to right-wing governments in Poland and Hungary that have become increasingly homophobic…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2020

Hungarian government mounts new assault on LGBT rights

Moments before Hungary entered a second coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, the far-right government signalled its intention to pass a range of new legislation, including to make it harder for opposition political parties…

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June Chua – The T Project, Singapore

June Chua was looking for new ventures after decades in the sex work industry and she decided to start The T Project, a housing service and community support nonprofit for transgender Singaporeans…

ADDED ON: 11/10/2020

Rainbow Railroad launches #60in60 campaign to help save at-risk LGBTQ people

Rainbow Railroad, the Canadian-based international organization that helps LGBTQI people around the globe escape violence and persecution, has launched its #60in60 campaign, which aims to raise $600,000 in the last 60 days…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2020

Norway outlaws hate speech against trans and bisexual people

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender and bisexual people on Tuesday, expanding its penal code which has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981. People found…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2020

Senegal: Prison for 8 men arrested at supposed ‘gay wedding’

A total of 24 people were arrested at the party in the Keur Gorgui section of Dakar. Of the 24, five were sentenced to six months in prison. Three were sentenced to…

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ADDED ON: 11/07/2020

#EndSARS is a huge moment in Nigeria’s queer history

If there is one thing that unites a lot of Nigerians, it is hatred toward queer people. Religion is the basis for a good amount of this. Homophobic Nigerians are quick to…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2020

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices lean toward Catholic agency in LGBT dispute

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared sympathetic to religious rights claims against Philadelphia brought by a Catholic Church-affiliated agency after the city refused to use the group in its foster…

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