Interview with Photographer Documenting LGBT Refugees

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A few weeks ago, on a Facebook post about LGBT people in Iran, one of our followers shared a photo essay that follows the journey of LGBT refugees seeking asylum. We contacted the photographer, Bradley Secker, whose photos we have used in our report, “When Coming Out is a Death Sentence: Persecution of LGBT Iraqis.” Based in Turkey, he graciously agreed to answer a few questions about his photography project via email.

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Jamaica: A Week of Courage and Solidarity

Contributed by LAC Regional Program Coordinator and Maria Mercedes Gómez

This week, the LGBTI community of Jamaica decided to show another side of their courage by organizing Jamaica pride 2015 (#PRiDEJA2015) which consists of cultural and public political events throughout the week in Kingston.

As Angeline Jackson, a lesbian activist and founder of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica (QCJ) puts it:

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Inside the Lives of Pakistan’s LGBT: An Interview with the Filmmaker

Contributed by IGLHRC Intern

"Poshida - Hidden LGBT Pakistan" (2015) is a first-of-its-kind independent documentary that delves into the secret world of LGBT Pakistanis battling against the Sharia law, media sensationalism, stigmatism and violence. With unprecedented access, this documentary uncovers the effects of growing conservatism in the Islamic State of Pakistan on the LGBT community.

An IGLHRC intern interviewed the filmmaker about this brave undertaking, and the encounters that culminated into this documentary.

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LGBT Activism in Russia and Ukraine

Contributed by Cassidy Madison, IGLHRC Intern

“This was my first Pride without fear,” said Elena Kostyuchenko, a Moscow-based Russian journalist and LGBT activist. “In Moscow, Pride demonstrations only last around 30 seconds to a minute… then the police come and beat us. I was hospitalized twice.”

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Love Always Wins

Contributed by Ashley Choi, Advocacy and Documentation Intern

On April 3, 2015, government representatives failed to denounce various anti-LGBT actions of Protestant Christian groups in Korea, allowing them to hold conversion therapy seminars in government buildings. Earlier this month, the Seoul Metropolitan Police banned the 2015 Seoul Queer Parade. IGLHRC did what it does best: call them out.

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New UN Report: Treat LGBTI Humans As Humans

Contributed by Marianne Møllmann, Director of Programs, IGLHRC

This week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued its second report on the state of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide. Here's a hint: It's not pretty.

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Imagining a World Without Homo-, Lesbo-, Bi- and Transphobia

Contributed by IGLHRC

May 17th marks the 11th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), recognized worldwide as a day to bring attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

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In Their Own Words: Raksha Mahtani, Singapore

Contributed by IGLHRC

This is the first in a Q & A series with global activists probing a range of their concerns and challenges. Brian Tofte-Schumacher of IGLHRC sat down with Raksha Mahtani of Sayoni, a Singapore-based group that organizes and advocates for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women’s issues.

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Chile’s Gender Identity Bill: Two Years Later

Contributed by IGLHRC

On May 7, 2013, Ximena Gauché Marchetti, Juan Pablo Letelier, Ricardo Lagos, Camilo Escalona, and Lily Pérez—members of the Chilean Parliament from different parties—introduced the Bill for Recognition of Gender Identity at Chile’s Congress.

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Chile: Hace dos años que ingresó el proyecto de ley de identidad de género al congreso

Contributed by IGLHRC

El 7 de mayo del 2013, Ximena Rincón, Juan Pablo Letelier, Ricardo Lagos, Camilo Escalona y Lily Pérez, parlamentarios de differentes partidos políticos, presentaron ante el Congreso de Chile el proyecto de ley de reconocimiento de la identidad de género.

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ACSC/APF Participants Came Out as One ASEAN Community Clamoring for Human Rights!

Contributed by Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia, IGLHRC

Instead of a protective indoor location, the closing ceremony of the civil society conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took place on one of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s busiest streets on Friday, April 24, providing activists from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community a very public setting to raise their voices.

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Claiming LGBT Rights in the ASEAN Community

Contributed by Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia, IGLHRC

Alongside 11 country flags of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists waved a rainbow flag Wednesday at the opening of the region’s Civil Society Conference and People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


LGBT activists waving rainbow flags during the opening ceremony of the 2015 ACSC/APF. Photo courtesy Ryan Villaruel, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus.

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Human Rights, Transparency, Accountability Are on Agenda for Annual Civil Society Conference of Southeast Asian Nations

Contributed by Grace Poore, Regional Program Coordinator for Asia, IGLHRC

Starting Wednesday, over 1400 representatives of grassroots and community groups and national, regional and international non-governmental organizations will convene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the 10th Civil Society Conference (ACSC) and People’s Forum (APF) of the ten countries that form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Indonesia: Fatwa Prescribes Death Penalty for Same-sex Relations

Contributed by Grace Poore, Regional Program Coordinator for Asia, IGLHRC

Indonesia’s central body of Islamic clerics, Majlis Ulema Indonesia (MUI) issued a fatwa (religious edict) on March 4 that calls for whipping and even the death penalty for men or women engaged in same-sex relations.

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Turkey: Campaigning for LGBTI rights in school, at work and in Parliament

Contributed by Brian Tofte-Schumacher, Digital Communications Manager, IGLHRC

"You don't have rights if you are not present," is the rallying call of a new campaign headed by IGLHRC's Istanbul-based partners at SPoD LGBTI. With the campaign, advocates hope to encourage active participation of LGBTI people in decision- and policy-making processes in advance of the country's general election in June 2015.

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