• 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.

Kakuma: From Celebration to Desperation

2018 has been a year of incredible highs and lows for LGBTI refugees in housed in Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp. In early June, Refugee Flag Kakuma - a loose-knit organization of…

ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Gay arrests in Malawi: More mixed signals on gay rights

The southeast African country of Malawi remains torn about homosexuality — unwilling to repeal its anti-homosexuality law, but also unwilling to enforce it. This month’s arrest and subsequent release of a gay…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Fleeing persecution, LGBT+ migrants seek refuge in South America

Growing up in Jamaica's Montego Bay, Glenroy enjoyed an idyllic childhood - until his family discovered he was gay. They physically attacked him and threw him out of the house, triggering an…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

Since the Nigerian government passed into law the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act (SSMPA), LGBT Nigerians have continued to suffer many forms of discrimination as well as exclusion from society. Many wallow in…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2018

Death of transgender woman in Malaysia sparks fears of hate crime

The death of a transgender woman in Malaysia has sparked fears of a rise in hate crimes, campaigners said yesterday, as police moved swiftly to detain four suspects in the murder investigation.…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2018

Tanzania Says Tolerating LGBT Community Would Be ‘Intolerable,’ As Donors Pull Funding

Tanzania said Friday that it would not comply with demands from donors to soften its opposition to LGBT rights. According to NBC News, Finance Minister Philip Mpango told officials that Tanzania could…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2018

Cries for speedy action over murder grow louder

The gruesome murder of a transgender woman has sparked widespread public outrage and calls for justice. Deputy Women, Community and Family Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said what happened to the victim in…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2018

U.N. moves LGBT+ refugees to safe houses after Kenya camp attacks

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya’s remote Kakuma camp are being moved to safe houses in Nairobi after they were attacked when protesting for greater protection, the United Nations said on Thursday. The refugees…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

New GLOBE Act asserts U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT abuses overseas

New comprehensive legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday seeks to enshrine into law U.S. policy against anti-LGBT human rights abuses overseas and the process by which LGBT people facing persecution can…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

LGBT+ activists attacked on peaceful march in Kenya refugee camp

LGBT+ activists were attacked and arrested by police after staging a peaceful march through Kakuma, a UNCHR refugee camp in Turkana County, Kenya. Around 40 LGBT+ activists took part in the march on Tuesday…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

Russia’s gay propaganda law ‘endangers children’, says report

Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is directly harming and endangering LGBT+ children and young people, according to a new report. The report – which is called “No Support: Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Imperils…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2018

Study Finds High Levels of Depression Among LGB Teenagers

Young lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, research has found. LGB 16- to 21-year-olds are…

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