Where Love Is Illegal@whereloveisillegal

Documenting & sharing LGBTIQ+ stories of survival from around the world. Donate or share your story. A project by @Witness_Change.

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“I am Writing this letter not for your approval but to let you know how you have aided the forces seeking to destroy my spirit and my will to live.” Will you be KJ’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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Graham is an Ugandan LGBTQI+ #refugee living in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Even in the harsh conditions of the camp, #LGBTQI+ refugees are targeted for their gender identity or sexual orientation. Ugandan refugees are assumed to be gay or trans and are specifically targeted for this reason.
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@WhereLoveisIllegal is in Kenya, documenting and sharing stories of LGBTQI+ refugees who have fled persecution and violence in their home countries only to find the same attitudes in Kenya.
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You can read LGBTQI+ stories of discrimination and survival shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign at the link in our profile. Show your support by liking, sharing and following @WhereLoveIsIllegal and @Witness_Change or by sharing your own story. This is a @witness_change project. Thank you @EJAF for making this work in Kenya possible.


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Tasha (@koraz333) and Beyonce(@beyonce_maxjo44) were already best friends in Uganda before arriving in Kenya as LGBTQI+ refugees. Although they fled their home country separately, they found each other again in Nairobi. Wherever you find one, the other is close by.
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@WhereLoveisIllegal is in Kenya, documenting and sharing stories of LGBTQI+ refugees who have fled persecution and violence in their home countries only to find the same attitudes in Kenya.
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You can read LGBTQI+ stories of discrimination and survival shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign at the link in our profile. Show your support by liking, sharing and following @WhereLoveIsIllegal and @Witness_Change or by sharing your own story. This is a @witness_change project. Thank you @EJAF for making this work in Kenya possible.


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Isabella & Bashir sing a song Bashir wrote about his life. After surviving a homophobic attack that left him in a coma for two weeks, Bashir, a gay man, fled #Uganda and arrived in #Kenya as an LGBTQI+ refugee. In Kenya he met Isabella, a transgender woman and fellow refugee, and they fell in love.
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@WhereLoveisIllegal is in Kenya, documenting and sharing stories of LGBTQI+ refugees who have fled persecution and violence in their home countries only to find the same attitudes in Kenya.
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You can read LGBTQI+ stories of discrimination and survival shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign at the link in our profile. Show your support by liking, sharing and following @WhereLoveIsIllegal and @Witness_Change or by sharing your own story. This is a @witness_change project. Thank you @EJAF for making this work in Kenya possible.

Nairobi, Kenya
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“I was caught by the Libyan police, they wanted to kill me. They beat me and detained me for 7 days.” Amine is a #gay man from #Tunisia. He moved to Libya to be with his boyfriend, after they were both arrested, Amine returned to Tunisia, but his boyfriend stayed in Libya. “I had to move back to Tunis and stay away from my love…a piece of me. He got married, even though he is gay, and it depressed me…”
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Read Amine'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 with film from @impossible_hq. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal #impossibleproject


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“When I was 16 I felt attracted to guys, I was very afraid to get exposed, so I started searching in Google for a solution, ‘how to be straight? what should I do?’, and I remember reading lots of articles about gay people who wanted to be converted into straight, I did all the things they mentioned, but nothing changed, my feeling were still the same.” Omar is a gay man from Sudan. His family is very religious and for many years he has hid his sexuality and tried to change his sexuality.
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Omar 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 Omar. This is a @witness_change project developed by @Hammond_Robin. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal


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“I feel so bad most of the time when I feel I can’t express who I am out there and I have to hide or pretend who am not hence leading me to hurt myself so that I can feel better which I have been doing since I was a little boy.” E is a gay man living in Uganda. Hiding his sexuality has worsened his depression and he regularly self harms.
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This week, in honor of the launch of the campaign @onedayinmyworld, @whereloveisillegal is sharing stories from the #LGBTQI+ community of living with mental health issues. Like, share and follow to help spread awareness about those living with mental health issues. Both campaigns are projects by @witness_change.
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#mentalhealth#mentalwellness #publichealth#policychange #photojournalism#shareyourstory #mentalhealthawareness#standup #riseup #policy #publicpolicy #globalhealth #humanrights #incarceration


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“The battle of my life starts to become worst when my mothers refuse to accept me for who I am. My days passed with lonelyness even with the presence of family. April 2009, the day that I decided to give up my life, as I’m no longer strong enough to face the discrimination and depression.” Abyina is a transgender woman from Malaysia. Abyina’s coming out to her family was the beginning of her depression and suidal thoughts.
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This week, in honor of the launch of the campaign @onedayinmyworld, @whereloveisillegal is sharing stories from the #LGBTQI+ community of living with mental health issues. Like, share and follow to help spread awareness about those living with mental health issues. Both campaigns are projects by @witness_change.
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#mentalhealth#mentalwellness #publichealth#policychange #photojournalism#shareyourstory #mentalhealthawareness#standup #riseup #policy #publicpolicy #globalhealth #humanrights #incarceration

Malaysia
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We are excited to announce the launch of @onedayinmyworld, the newest campaign from @witness_change the parent organization of #WhereLoveisIllegal. #InMyWorld is a campaign that seeks to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued.
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This week, @whereloveisillegal will be sharing stories from the #LGBTQI+ community of living with mental health issues. Like, share and follow to help spread awareness about those living with mental health issues.
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This first phase of the project has been created in collaboration with Handicap International @handicap_uk. Robin Hammond is a human rights photographer and storyteller with @noorimages.
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#mentalhealth #mentalwellness #publichealth #policychange #photojournalism#shareyourstory #mentalhealthawareness #standup #riseup #policy #publicpolicy #globalhealth #humanrights #incarceration


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Where Love is Illegal is currently on display in the streets of Utrecht as part of the exhibition, Beyond us and them, presented by FOTODOK.
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Read about 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. This is a @witness_change project. For stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal


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“We had to fight or die, we didn’t have a choice.” Funeka is the head of Free Gender, a black lesbian organisation working to end homophobia. Funk is a survivor of sexual violence, targeted because of her sexuality, now she is an activist for lesbian women in South Africa.
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We are sharing Funeka’s story today in honor of #womensequalityday in the US.
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Read Funeka’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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