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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: 06/03/2019

Transgender woman from El Salvador dies in ICE custody

A transgender woman from El Salvador died on Saturday while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. An ICE press release says Johana “Joa” Medina Leon, who was identified by her birth…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2019

After Brunei episode, Aceh now in spotlight in fight for LGBT rights

George Clooney’s star power helped in Brunei, but LGBT+ advocates said a similar celebrity boycott of businesses in another anti-LGBT+ hotspot in Southeast Asia is unlikely to have the same results. Clooney,…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

Is your life expectancy different because you are LGBTQ+?

What do you feel your life expectancy is? Do you think it is different because you are LGBTQ+? The current life expectancy for the “average” American is roughly 78 years and Brazil…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

In Colombia’s remote tribes, LGBT+ people face abuse, shame

Colombia’s LGBT+ people who live in black and indigenous communities must cope with violence, humiliation and efforts to “cure” them of their sexual identities, according to research released on Thursday. Their lives…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2019

I had to leave Lebanon after I came out as gay and HIV positive on TV

I am a 29-year-old filmmaker and refugee from Lebanon living in the UK. My claim to asylum is based on my sexuality and my HIV status. I grew up in Beirut and…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2019

Victory for Hong Kong’s LGBT community as High Court abolishes four offences that criminalise sex between men

Hong Kong’s LGBT community has earned a long-awaited legal victory, with a court abolishing or revising seven offences that criminalised sex between men. The High Court on Thursday ruled that four criminal…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

Swedish LGBT group drops out of Sweden’s top political festival over Nazi threats

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) has canceled its attendance at this year’s Almedalen political festival in protest over the hatred and threats that it says have…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

Kenya High Court sharply criticized for upholding sodomy law

Activists in Kenya have sharply criticized their country’s High Court over its ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a colonial-era sodomy law. The New York Times reported activists were inside the courtroom…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2019

Brazil’s LGBTQ Challenege: Live and Let Live or Discriminate and Hate?

Last week’s vote by the Federal Supreme Court (STF) laid the foundation for landmark legislation which will include protection for sexual minorities in the nation's anti-discrimination laws. In doing so, the STF…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2019

LESBIAN TIED TO A TREE AND BEATEN IN INDIA FOR ‘BESMIRCHING’ HER VILLAGE

A woman in eastern India has been tied up to a tree and beaten after neighbors discovered she was in a same-sex relationship. Sarmila Malla, 19, was dragged out of her home…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2019

Jerusalem Pride organizers reject police proposal to ID participants

The organizers of the Jerusalem Pride parade said Monday that they would not accept a police proposal to ID participants upon their entrance at next week’s demonstration. “The demand for IDs at…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2019

Under-fire SQA strikes deal to provide education in violently anti-gay Brunei

Scotland’s under-fire exam body has agreed a deal to provide education in the violently anti-gay state of Brunei, the Sunday Mail reveals today. The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) sells computing courses to…

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