• 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: 12/06/2018

Political Impasse Stops Protection for LGBTI Students Passing This Year

The government’s bid to legislate this year to protect LGBTI students from discrimination at religious schools has failed because of an impasse over the detail. After weeks of negotiation and tactical maneuvering…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2018

Trump Strips LGBTI Rights From USMCA Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada

The Trump administration has exempted the United States from provisions in the new USMCA trade deal with Mexico and Canada that require LGBT+ rights protections to be put in place. The trilateral United…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2018

Sask. Advocates Blast ‘pray the gay away’ Methods Aimed at ‘converting’ LGBTI People

Advocates in Saskatchewan are calling on the province to ban therapies meant to make people reject LGBTI identities. Conversion or reparative therapies are defined as any practice, from counselling to prayer, that…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Gay couples in Brazil marrying sooner for fear of Bolsonaro bias

After 15 years together, social networks manager Marcelo Serrano and designer Wellington Pereti decided to get married immediately instead of waiting until the end of 2019 as they had planned, out of…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Newly-signed USMCA points at increased auto imports, watered-down LGBTQ protections

Initial analysis of the final text of the new North American trade pact Canada signed on Friday is pointing to two changes – one potentially helpful for the auto sector, the other potentially problematic…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Another Indonesian city outlaws gay sex

The city council in Pariaman on Nov. 27 approved the new bylaw providing fines of 1 million rupiah (U.S. $70) for behaviors that “are considered LGBT,” the Jakarta Post reported in an Agence France-Presse…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Hotline Calls Increase after LGBTQ Referendum in Taiwan

After losing three referendums regarding LGBTQ rights, Taiwanese calls to a LGBTQ helpline jumped 40%, reported Gay Star News. The Taiwain Tongzhi Hotline, which is dedicated to LGBTQ phone counseling, received an…

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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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