Photo by @hammond_robin for @whereloveisillegal
“Things worsened when my face appeared in newspaper on the front page. I started receiving phone calls threatening me from different corners that they are going to kill me and my landlord threw me out, that he doesn’t entertain gay people. I became a security threat to my friends and to my organization where I work.” Refusing to be forced into hiding, Raymond, from Uganda (picture 1), became an activist for transgender rights. The threats and attacks did not subside. Raymond felt she had no choice but to leave Uganda. Now Raymond is in Kenya where she is an advocate for fellow LGBTQI+ refugees.
Also featured here: Picture 2: Mitch, from Malaysia, with his family. Picture 3: Amine from Tunisia. Picture 4: Naomi and Dolores from Cameroon. Picture 5: Ruslan from Russia. Picture 6: Rihana and Kim from Uganda. Picture 7: Kasha from Uganda. -
Tomorrow, May 17, is #IDAHOTB (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia). Our mission at @whereloveisillegal is to amplify the stories of #LGBTQI + communities around the world to counter the narrative of discrimination in places where persecution is rife, and make clear the impact of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. For more stories of survival or to share your own, follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal . #IDAHOT