The stories of LGBT people around the world are rich, diverse, and often unheard. They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength. This is a forum for the voices defining the global struggle for justice.
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NISHA AYUB OF MALAYSIA
Nisha Ayub of Malaysia tells her story of growing up transgender, and how being thrown in prison made her an advocate for transgender rights.
GLOBAL LGBT VOICES
The stories of LGBT people around the world are rich, diverse, and often unheard. They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength.
Jamaican law professor Maurice Tomlinson thought he was safe, until he was outed as gay—and he was forced to flee. Here, Tomlinson discusses the pervasive cultural and religious attitudes against LGBT people in his home country.
JABU PEREIRA OF SOUTH AFRICA
Jabu Pereira talks about the intersections of racial and gender oppression in their native South Africa, and urges us to remember those who have fallen.
Anastasia Smirnova, who was arrested in Russia for posting an LGBT banner at the Sochi Olympics, talks with Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen on having to flee her country, but continuing to fight against Putin's anti-LGBT campaign with the International LGBT Association (ILGA).
KENITA PLACIDE OF ST. LUCIA
Kenita Placide, a St. Lucian LGBT activist, shares her personal story of reluctantly becoming a leader in the LGBT community in the Caribbean.
Meena Seshu, founder and Secretary General of SANGRAM, an Indian NGO, on the intersections of activism on behalf of women, LGBT people, and sex workers
ESSY OF KENYA
Ruth Messinger (AJWS) talks with Essy, an activist based in Kenya who often dialogues with people hostile to
BISI ALIMI OF NIGERIA
ALICE NKOM OF CAMEROON
Bisi Alimi was the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television, an event which transformed Nigeria's discussion of sexuality -- and threatened his life.
Why has 69-year-old Alice N’kom risked everything to defend gays in a country where homosexuality is illegal? Because ‘someone has to do this.’