• 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: 02/04/2019

Migrants find refuge at lesbian-run shelter in Mexico border city

Cindy Campos was washing clothes on a concrete washboard in the courtyard of Cobina Posada del Migrante, a migrant shelter in the Mexican border city of Mexicali, shortly after 4 p.m. on…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

This Gay Man Speaks Out About Fleeing Iraq, Where He Says Being LGBT Is a ‘Death Sentence’

In commemoration of 2019 marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots took place, the editors over at Gay Star News are inviting 50 international guest writers to offer their own stories of…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2019

Stop hating gay people, says Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh.

Dikeh made the positive comment on Instagram in support of Jussie Smollet, an African-American Nollywood actor who was recently brutally attacked by two men, which many are now calling a hate crime.  Homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2019

Indonesia Mayor Targets Gay People ‘because they’re possessed by demons’

A mayor in Indonesia has ordered the arrest of LGBT+ people so religious authorities can conduct exorcisms on them. Mayor of Padang Mahyeldi Ansharullah has used the Indonesian Army (TNI) to target…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2019

Bruce McArthur: Canadian Landscapaer Admits Eight Murders

A Toronto landscaper accused of killing eight men who went missing between 2010-17 has pleaded guilty to their murders. Bruce McArthur, 67, was arrested last January and charged in the deaths of…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2019

Barcelona’s LGBT centre is vandalised one week after opening

Residents of Barcelona have shown their support for the queer community after the city’s LGBT+ centre was vandalised just over one week after opening. The Centre LGBTI Barcelona opened in Calle Borrell, Barcelona, on…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2019

Gay congressman who fled Brazil will be replaced by another gay politician

Gay congressman Jean Wyllys, who fled Brazil in fear of his life, will be replaced by another gay politician. Wyllys, a pioneering gay politician in the country, was re-elected in October to…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2019

Russian LGBT Network formally requests federal investigation on Chechnya amid death threats to director

The Russian LGBT Network has requested that Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee look into reports of renewed arrests, torture, and killings of those suspected of being LGBTQ in Chechnya, Mediazona reports. The Network has led…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2019

Life in the Closet: The LGBT Community in Central Asia

While much recent attention has been focused on the LGBT community in Chechnya and the wider North Caucasus, sexual minorities in Central Asia live under significant pressure as well. Russia’s 2013 law…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

France combats anti-LGBT bullying with new school campaign

A new campaign in France is aiming to tackle anti-LGBT+ bullying in middle and high schools across the country. France’s Ministry for Education and Youth launched a new campaign today called All Equal,…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

Londoners rally at Russian embassy demanding end to torture in Chechnya

The situation in Chechnya is urgent. That’s why nearly one hundred people flocked to a rally outside of the Russian embassy in London to call for an end to the persecution of gay men…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

Myanmar LGBT Pride Out in Force, But Laws Lag Behind

This past weekend, pride week kicked off in full force in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. A flurry of rainbow umbrellas dotting Yangon harbor, held by fishermen following a flotilla of partygoers, set…

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