• 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: 05/25/2020

Anti-LGBT+ church sued over historic child sex abuse and ‘protecting abusers’

An anti-LGBT+ California church is being sued for allegedly failing to protect two young boys from sexual abuse more than 30 years ago. Carl Epperson and Larry Spencer are suing the anti-LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2020

Cuba’s LGBTQ community is living a week of celebrations and controversy

This past Monday the LGBTI+ community celebrated the first anniversary of the march of May 11, 2019, when several hundred people demonstrated in Havana. This protest followed the cancellation of an official…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2020

U.K. Contact Tracing App Could Endanger LGBT Human Rights

Contact tracing is going to become an inevitable reality as the world leaves lockdown. But, the longterm human rights implications of that for LGBT people and minorities could be "incredible," experts are…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2020

Anti-LGBT+ hate crime soars by over a third in France

Homophobic and transphobic hate crime has risen by 36% in France last year, according to police figures. The new stats show a total of 1,870 victims of homophobic or transphobic crimes who…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2020

K-Quarantine: The Condemnation or Resurgence of LGBTQ Rights in South Korea

The United States and South Korea sit on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the successful containment of COVID-19. As South Korea enters its second wave of infections and…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2020

Tanzania Opens To (Non-Gay) Tourists Without Conditions*

There are huge restrictions on international travel at the moment. Many countries have closed their borders altogether, other countries are restricting visitors from some countries, others are requiring a mandatory quarantine, etc.…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

‘If I don’t have sex I’ll die of hunger’: Covid-19 crisis for Rio’s trans sex workers

Social distancing is keeping people off the streets of central Rio de Janeiro. And that has created serious challenges for its trans sex workers, who have seen their clientele, and their income,…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

Virus pushes Pakistan’s transgender dancers out of their homes

Before the virus shutdown, dancer Adnan Ali had carved out a comfortable living performing at parties for newlyweds and newborns, avoiding the financial hardship faced by many in Pakistan's transgender community. But…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2020

‘Panic’ as Hungarian parliament bans trans people from changing gender on IDs

Hungary’s parliament voted Tuesday to ban transgender people from changing their gender on identity documents, in a move that LGBT+ advocates said was creating panic among trans people who feared an increase…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2020

FINALLY FREE: ORDER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ISSUED FOR #COSF19

Uganda’s LGBTIQ community has reason to jubilate amidst the COVID-19 hardships as an order for immediate release has this afternoon been issued for the #COSF19. This comes after the DPP withdrew all…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2020

Iraqi leader who blames coronavirus on same-sex marriage demands Islamic flag is raised across UK and EU to counter-protest Pride flag

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is head of the Sadrist Movement and the Saraya al-Salam militia, said in March: “One of the most appalling things that have caused this epidemic is…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2020

Coronavirus causing a humanitarian crisis for LGBT+ people around the world

LGBT+ people around the world are facing a humanitarian crisis. And COVID-19 risks decimating the organizations they rely on for support. UK-based international LGBT+ charity, the Kaleidoscope Trust, conducted research in 37…

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