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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: 06/11/2019

IRAN’S FM AFFIRMS RIGHT TO EXECUTE GAYS AND BLASTS U.S. AND ISRAEL

In response to questions today in Tehran from a reporter for the mass circulation German paper Bild, the Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated his country's lethal homophobic…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2019

LGBT bullying in schools takes heavy toll, reveals Unesco report

A few months ago, Orinam, an all volunteer collective of LGBTIQA+ people based in Chennai, celebrated its 15th anniversary. There they had an unexpected speakera 17-year-old who, on an impulse, shared his…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2019

LGBT+ pride marches in US interrupted by neo-Nazis and stampede

Separate LGBT+ pride marches in the US were disrupted on Saturday, one by a stampede triggered over fears of a shooting and another by one of America’s biggest neo-Nazi groups. In Washington…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

Warsaw to Hold Gay Pride Parade Amid Fears and Threats in Poland

The largest pride parade in central and Eastern Europe was expected to bring thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday, at a time when the gay rights movement in…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

‘If nothing changes, I’ll kill myself’: The horrific plight of LGBT+ asylum seekers in Russia

“Russia is the last place I wanted to end up,” says Ahmet, 25. “But I don’t have a choice – it is either this or death.” Ahmet, originally from Gaza, was never…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

Lesbian couple viciously beaten in homophobic attack on London bus

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack on two women on a London bus that prompted widespread condemnation in the UK. The attack took place on a night…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

Queer in the caravan: The dangers LGBT migrants face in search for asylum

The journey north for migrants traveling through Mexico carries multiple risks—food insecurity, exposure to elements, assault, injury and more. Traveling with a caravan offers a measure of safety against some of these…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2019

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis driving homeless boys into illegal gay sex trade

On a sunny morning in the central business district of Zimbabwe’s second city Bulawayo, 14-year-old Tapiwa is basking in the sunlight on a busy pavement. After running away from his abusive stepmother…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2019

Far-right extremists vow to disrupt Jerusalem Pride Parade

The leader of a far right-wing group said Tuesday his organization plans to disrupt this week’s Jerusalem Pride Parade in order to fight what he called “LGBT terrorism.” Bentzi Gopstein said his…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2019

Gay rugby player faces deportation to Kenya as asylum claim rejected

A gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a fresh claim for asylum…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2019

QATAR BANS HOMOSEXUALITY AS AL JAZEERA IN ENGLISH MARKS LGBT PRIDE MONTH

Qatar bans homosexuality, but the Qatar-backed Al Jazeera’s AJ+ still recently marked June as LGBT Pride Month with a tweet about speaking to the cast of “Queer Eye” on LGBT issues. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2019

Defeat in Kenya didn’t reverse gay Africans’ gains

On May 24, three months late, Kenya’s High Court decided whether to legalise gay sex. Human rights advocates had hoped to watch the start of a rainbow-colored domino effect across East Africa.…

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