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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: 09/09/2018

AKP Youth Leader Threatens Turkish Fashion Designer Critical of Erdoğan with Death

The chairman of a youth branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to kill famous Turkish fashion designer Barbaros Şansal, who is…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Chechnya Gay Purge’s Forgotten Lesbian and Transgender Victims

It has been more than a year since news emerged of a crisis unfolding in Chechnya. Hundreds of gay men were being abducted and held in makeshift prison camps, where they were…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

India Just Overturned a 157-Year-Old Law That Criminalized Gay Sex. See How LGBTI Supporters Celebrated the Win

India’s Supreme Court has overturned Section 377 of its Penal Code, which had criminalized any sexual acts “against the order of nature,” including consensual sex between adults of the same gender. Chief…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

‘AIDS Boy,’ ‘Dog,’ And ‘Disgrace To Society’: How Russia Greets Gay Men Seeking Asylum

In mid-July, a gay, HIV-positive foreigner arrived at an immigration office in Moscow seeking asylum in Russia. Unlike in his native Uzbekistan, where sex between men is punishable by up to three…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

People are afraid’: Gay Caning Stokes Fear in Malaysia’s LGBTI Community

Two gay women have been caned in Malaysia amid a worsening climate for LGBT individuals in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation. The punishment of the two unnamed women took place Monday morning…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2018

Klang MP to Govt: Repeal All Laws That Criminalize Homosexuality

In the wake of the public caning of two women found guilty of attempting to have same-sex relations, one Member of Parliament is asking for laws that criminalize homosexuality to be immediately…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2018

Shocking Video Shows Homophobes Destroying LGBTI Stand at Street Fair in Poland

Five people attacked and destroyed an LGBTI pride display at a street fair in a small city in Poland. Organizers from local LGBT group Lambda Szczecin organized the fair alongside fellow rights groups,…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Russia’s First Gay Married Couple is Just Happy to Hold Hands in Public After Fleeing for Their Lives

Yevgeny Voitsekhovsky and Pavel Stotsko aren't just a married gay couple — they were the first married gay couple in Russia after their January marriage was officially recognized by a government official.…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

We Cannot Forget Jamel Myles’ Name – His Death Must Move Us All To Work Harder For LGBTI Equality

Last Thursday Jamel Myles took his own life in his family home in Colorado. He was nine-years-old. It had only been four days since he started in the fourth grade. Over the summer…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Minor Prosecuted Under Russia’s Propaganda Laws Wins Separate Appeal on ‘Gays or Putin’ Protest

As Maxim Neverov awaits appeal over his prosecution under Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws, he has already taken one major step toward justice. Last week the 16-year-old learned an appeals court in Altai Krai…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

How a Rainbow-colored Armband Led to a Soccer Riot

A year ago, soccer player Guram Kashia lay in bed filled with fear and anxiety while facing social media threats, denouncements, political commentary and protests from a small pocket of people in…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

EU Should Follow UN Guidelines on LGBT Asylum Seekers

The process of seeking asylum is difficult for anyone, but sexual and gender minorities fleeing persecution in their home countries can be particularly vulnerable, as two recent decisions by Austrian asylum officers…

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