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4 tags and 3 profiles in description“I am bissexual and schizophrenic, but different from what many people around me think, my sexuality is not related at all with mental disorder, although I have become ill because of prejudice. For lack of acceptance.” Eduardo is from Brazil. Despite being a country thought of as LGBTQI+ friendly, discrimination and stigma still exists. - Eduardo shared his story with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign. You can read his full testimony at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #loveislove . Photo provided by Eduardo. This is a @witness_change project developed by @Hammond_Robin . For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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3 tags and 2 profiles in description“Am I happy? No, I am not because everyday friends of mine gets killed and I wonder when it’s going to be me. I cry at nights thinking that no one is there for me.” Bobby is a gay man from Jamaica. He has been forced out of his home, threatened, beaten, raped and he has attempted suicide. His story is one of many from around the world where to be LGBTQI+ is to be subjected to hatred and prejudices of others. - Today, @witness_change stands with the survivors of persecution in recognition of #IDAHOTB (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia). We seek an end to injustice by changing the narrative of discrimination against #LGBTQI + in places where persecution is rife. For more stories of survival or to share your own, follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal . #IDAHOT
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3 tags and 2 profiles in description“It should come as no surprise if I told you that around the world there are thousands if not millions of LGBT allies who are providing safe spaces for LGBT youth to live to their truest potential? Allies who are able to sympathize with our struggles and are kind enough to stand in solidarity with us; what if I asked you to be my ally? Would you be so kind to be my ally for change?” Noelle is a transgender woman in Jamaica. Will you be Noelle's ally? - Pledge your support to #LGBTQI+ Jamaicans and become an ally today at www.isupportthelgbt.community (link in our profile). The #IAmAnAlly campaign was developed by @witness_change as part of the #whereloveisillegal campaign in partnership with @equalityja .
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5 tags and 4 profiles in descriptionOn this #mothersday we like to share the story of trans woman Joseph with her mother Mai. Although Mai had a hard time initially understanding Joseph’s gender identity, she has been a voice of support and protection. “I accept him and I protect him” Mai says about Joseph. Thank you to all the mothers who accept us for who we are and protect us against those who don’t. - Read Joseph’s story shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival, at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. Photo by @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages . This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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5 tags and 5 profiles in description“he told everyone in the school that I was gay. In doing this, it caused uproar in the school. I was quickly taken off the scene and I was pushed in a building for my safety. The mob of student grew and you have the entire student body and mob in the building chanting to let me out so they can have their way with me.” Andre is a #genderfluid person from Jamaica. When in school, he was chased by a mob. Police refused to help him, luckily Andre’s family would not turn their back. “My family chose to accept me and my lifestyle and also my sexuality. They have not treated me differently in any way but showed me love and inclusiveness.” - Read Andre's story shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival, at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. Photo by @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages . This image was made in partnership with @equalityja . This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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4 tags and 4 profiles in description“I am an only child and my family had always told me to 'prosper and populate the family'. When I realized I was gay, I wished I had not been born." Yuki, from Japan, eventually came out to his family: “They were devastated at first but gradually became supportive and suggested that I move to a place where gays are more accepted, somewhere I could raise kids in a committed relationship.” With his move to Canada and then The US, he found a level of openess, but also "a subtle form of racism." - Yuki shared his story with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign. You can read his full testimony at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #loveislove . Photo provided by Yuki (@this.is.yuki ). This is a @witness_change project developed by @Hammond_Robin . For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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3 tags and 2 profiles in description“i just wish everyone would try to understand me cause im normal as everyone else if you cut do i not bleed as you do dont i smile and get sick as everyone do ? but my true colors shine thru over and over.” Will you be Jaden's ally? - Pledge your support to #LGBTQI+ Jamaicans and become an ally today at www.isupportthelgbt.community (link in our profile). The #IAmAnAlly campaign is a global support network for the LGBTIQ+ community. It was developed by @witness_change as part of the #whereloveisillegal campaign in partnership with @equalityja .
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4 tags and 4 profiles in description“Police found us all naked and threw all of us out thus handcuffing us. Immediately the mob started beating us with stones and sticks with nails saying that we were curses and needed to be killed.” The police locked Simon, a gay man from Uganda, and his boyfriend in the station cells where they were beaten again by the inmates. The next morning, bruised and bloody, they were taken to hospital. That night, a doctor took pity on them and allowed them to escape. He fled to the capital, Kampala, where he now lives. He is unemployed and has not seen his boyfriend since the attack. - Read Simon’s story shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival, at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. Photo by @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages . This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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4 tags and 4 profiles in description"I went to an all boys grammar school, where the words 'gay' and 'faggot' were often thrown around. I felt the need to hide and 'stay in the closest' because being openly gay was not socially acceptable there. I didn't want to give the bullies another reason to harass me, because they already bullied me for the colour of my skin, my demeanour and my feminine voice.” Nix (@mixitnix ) is a gay "BBC" (British Born Chinese). He came out to his parents when he was 22: "They responded with: 'it's not normal, it's psychological, God didn't make you this way, I'm sure it's fashionable to come out, and it's illegal in some countries.' I was devastated by their comments until my sister explained that it's not completely their fault because that generation was brought up in a very traditional sense." - Nix shared his story with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign. You can read his full testimony at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #loveislove . Photo provided by Nix. This is a @witness_change project developed by @Hammond_Robin . For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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4 tags and 4 profiles in description“We are killed, really, and our lives and souls maimed… And the police will not help you, just like me, they just kicked me out, humiliated me, cut my statement as soon as they heard those treasured words – 'I am a lesbian.'“ Darya is a young woman from Russia. She identifies as bi-gender. In 2011, after coming out, she was followed as she walked home by a group of masked men, they shouted homophobic slurs while beating her with baseball bats. After she was knocked unconscious, she was stabbed. She very nearly died. She went into hiding until one day “I understood that these people had achieved what they wanted - they made me, an LGBT activist, silent. They completely broke me. And then I realized: I wouldn’t allow them to succeed.” - Read Darya’s story shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival, at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. Photo by @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages . This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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3 tags and 2 profiles in description“When you are 6 years old and you begin to think your best friend has really pretty lips, do not tell your pastor. Do not allow him to bleach the rainbow from your heart.” Shania is a lesbian from Jamaica, despite rejection from family, she is proud of who she is. Will you be Shania’s ally? - Pledge your support to #LGBTQI+ Jamaicans and become an ally today at www.isupportthelgbt.community (https://iamanally.whereloveisillegal.com/allies/member/242/). The #IAmAnAlly campaign is a global support network for the LGBTQI+ community. It was developed by @witness_change as part of the #whereloveisillegal campaign in partnership with @equalityja
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4 tags and 3 profiles in description“There wasn’t any safe place for me to live,rules were against my dignity,I didn’t want to do compulsory sex reassignment surgery,the thing that Islamic republic of iran is doing now.” Shermin is a transgender woman from Iran, she currently lives in Turkey as a refugee. In Iran if you are gay or transgender, sex change is compulsory, if you don’t want to undergo this procedure, you must flee. - Shermin shared her story with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign. You can read her full testimony at the link in our profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #loveislove . Photo provided by Shermin. This is a @witness_change project developed by @Hammond_Robin . For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
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