• 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: 11/25/2018

Rugby stars support Gareth Thomas with rainbow laces

Rugby players from across the globe rallied behind hate-crime victim Gareth Thomas as part of the Rainbow Laces campaign. World champions New Zealand and USA followed the likes of Wales and France…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2018

Barbados: A brush with death, a vigil for trans murder victims

On the evening of Tuesday, November 20, 2018, I held the first candlelight vigil in Barbados for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming lives lost to transphobic and gender-based violence globally during the period…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2018

This LGBT band is using music to fight Malaysian discrimination

Shh...Diam!, a four-member punk group is a rarity in a country where gay and transgender issues are often seen as taboo, cross-dressing is illegal and sodomy is banned under a British colonial-era law. …

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Mayor in Indonesia Leads Thousands in Anti-LGBTI March

The mayor of Padang, in West Sumatra, led thousands of city residents on an anti-LGBT march on Sunday (18 November). It is the latest state-sanctioned move to vilify the community in Indonesia. He organized…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

No Filipino LGBTI Inclusive Policy: 1st SOGIE Inclusivity Index in the PHL Reveals

The Philippine LGBTI Chamber of Commerce recently revealed the results of the first-ever SOGIE inclusivity index in the Philippines, and the results are dismal. In a survey of 100 companies which cumulatively employ…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2018

Hiding in Fear: What is Life Like for LGBTI Indonesians?

In the last few weeks, regional authorities in Indonesia have launched a slew of anti-LGBTI measures. Gay sex is not illegal in Indonesia. But, since early 2016, ‘government-driven moral panic’ over LGBTI Indonesians has engulfed…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2018

LGBT Couples With Migrant Caravan Hold Mass Symbolic Wedding at Mexico-U.S. Border Town

After making the arduous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a caravan of thousands of Central American asylum seekers, at least seven LGBT couples were able to celebrate their love…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2018

New Zealand pride parade in chaos after ban on police sparks mass withdrawals

The New Zealand police, New Zealand Defence Force and numerous major sponsors have pulled out of the country’s largest pride parade after organisers banned police and corrections staff from marching in uniform. Auckland pride…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2018

Rugby team rallies against deportation of gay player to Kenya

An English rugby team is fighting to save a gay teammate from being deported to Kenya, where they fear he will face persecution or imprisonment. Kenneth Macharia, who has lived in the UK…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2018

Russia: LGBT Conference Attacked, Disrupted

A prominent Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) support group had to cancel an annual Inclusive Family conference in Moscow after homophobic threats and an attack with pepper spray, Human Rights Watch said…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2018

Tijuana shelters reaching capacity as migrant caravan continues to stream into border city

Central American migrants continue to make their way toward Tijuana, even as the border city south of San Diego struggles to accommodate the more than 2,000 caravaners who have already arrived. Mexican media has reported that…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2018

‘Waria’ Told to Leave Their Home in Jakarta Amid Anti-LGBT Campaign

Seven transgender people in Sumur Utara, Klender, East Jakarta, have been told by residents to leave a boarding house they are currently staying at. "We, kampung Sumur residents, reject the presence of LGBT…

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