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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: 06/18/2019

Zanele Muholi captures powerful portraits of South Africa’s LGBT community

Last week, Botswana's High Court made history when it overturned colonial-era laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations. The ruling, which came mere weeks after Kenya's High Court ruled to uphold its own 19th-century laws criminalizing "carnal…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

The Lavender Scare: the shocking true story of an anti-LGBT witch-hunt

When Josh Howard began working on his documentary The Lavender Scare, way back in 2009, America was a very different place – not least for its LGBT citizens. Barack Obama had recently…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

The Biggest LGBT Center In The World Just Got Bigger — And Better

The construction wasn’t quite finished on the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus in mid-May. There was still caution tape on some of the planters outside, and men on…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Teens on growing up LGBTI in Iran: ‘My boyfriend was killed’

Teens have opened up about what it’s like to grow up LGBTI in Iran. Dozens of young people revealed they are ‘depressed’ and ‘frustrated’ by living in the Muslim-majority country. One even…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

‘Police are a force of terror’: The LGBT activists who want cops out of Pride

It took half a century, but this LGBT Pride month, the New York police department (NYPD) finally apologized for the infamous 1969 raid on the Stonewall gay bar. Some queer New Yorkers…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Understanding of LGBT realities ‘non-existent’ in most countries, says UN expert

In a statement issued ahead of presenting his latest report to the Human Rights Council later this month, Victor Madrigal-Borloz urged States to collect more data in an effort to understand the…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Detective investigated for calling for execution of LGBT people

A church sermon by a sheriff’s detective is being investigated after it called LGBT+ people to be arrested and executed. The Knox County Attorney General’s Office is looking into the hour-long sermon…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

Gay people unlikely to report intimate partner violence: expert

It is possible that more that 90 percent of individuals subject to intimate partner violence in homosexual relationships in Taiwan do not seek help from government-run support networks, Fan Kuo-yung (范國勇), a…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

Same-sex couple on viral London bus attack: ‘We were just sexual objects’

A same-sex couple have opened up about the homophobic and misogynistic attack they suffered on a bus in north London. A picture of a bloody and crying couple went viral last week.…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2019

Reporters granted access to ICE transgender detainee unit

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday for the first time granted reporters access to a unit created specifically for transgender women who are in their custody. Reporters from the Washington Blade;…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

Pakistani transgender woman ‘kidnapped and tortured’ by gang

A gang of thugs reportedly kidnapped and tortured a transgender woman in Mardan, Pakistan, shaving off her hair after she refused to give them money. Shakeela claims to have been taken from…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

Scores of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya slum face homophobic attacks, eviction

Scores of LGBT+ refugees are in desperate need of emergency shelter after facing homophobic threats, violence and eviction warnings from community members in a Nairobi slum, the refugees and human rights campaigners…

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