• 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: 12/03/2018

Rejected by my family, raped – but proud to be gay’

Seyeda has been rejected by her family, abused and raped because she is gay - but is determined to be out and proud. The 42-year-old from Pakistan believes she would have been…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

Blackmailers force Nigerian student to come out to family

Chigozie (names changed), a student in his early 20s, told NoStringsNG that his troubles began when Obi, a coursemate, started making advances at him. Chigozie turned him down, but it became obvious that Obi…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

LGBT CARAVAN ASYLUM SEEKERS COULD HAVE TO ‘PROVE’ STATUS TO GET INTO U.S.

LGBT asylum seekers traveling from Central American countries to the U.S. may have to "prove" their status in order to claim asylum in the U.S., said a University of California researcher. Earlier this…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

Indonesian city to fine LGBT residents for disturbing ‘public order’

An Indonesian city plans to fine its gay and transgender residents 1m rupiah ($70) for disturbing “public order”, reflecting a rise in discrimination against the Muslim-majority nation’s small LGBT community.  This week,…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Transgender Members Of The Caravan Are Having A Hard Time Finding Sponsors In The US

Attorneys for transgender members of the caravan are rushing to find people willing to house them in the United States while their asylum cases play out in court, in hopes that the…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Bulgarian Choreographer Captures Chechnya Refugee Experience

Kosta Karakashyan is a talented artist devoted to social justice and LGBT rights. The New York choreographer is fighting for the vulnerable in the hostile region of the Russian Federation. He intends…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Papua New Guinea’s ‘gay village’ offers sanctuary, hope

As an openly gay man in Papua New Guinea, where sex between men is illegal and stigma and violence widespread, 24-year-old Kapera Patrick remembers thugs pelting him with abuse, stones and bottles. …

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

Gay rugby player facing deportation allowed to leave holding centre

A gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he says he will be persecuted because of his sexuality, has been granted bail allowing him to leave the immigration centre where…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

LGBTQ asylum-seekers in Europe subjected to stereotyping and humiliation, rights group says

Navid Jafartash fled Iran in 2014 because he feared for his life: He is gay, and homosexuality is illegal in Iran and in some cases punishable by death. He went to Vienna, where…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

After Marriage Equality Defeat in Taiwan, LGBT Support Hotline Sees Spike

This weekend, voters turned out against marriage equality in a series of referendums that were meant to decide how Taiwan would implement a 2017 court ruling. Now, according to reports, calls to an…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

How the Supreme Court Could Change LGBTI People’s Lives for Good — or Bad

Over the past 20 years, the Supreme Court has established basic rights for gays and lesbians — the right to marry the person you love regardless of sex or gender, the right to private…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

These Hot Philippine Social Media Stars are Urging People to Test for HIV

Ahead of World AIDS Day this week, some of the Philippines’ hottest online personalities are encouraging the LGBT community to test for HIV. Influencers in the capital, Manila, have launched the ‘Taking…

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