lgbti defenderIn most societies, people defending the rights of lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, are deemed to challenge traditional cultural norms and social structures.


LGBTI defenders are often marginalized and exposed to stigmatization, repression, discrimination and consequent human rights violations because of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and because they are defenders of the rights to equality and non-discrimination.


Protection International’s Manual for LGBTI Defenders focuses on the specific issues and obstacles that prevailing societal values and legal systems present. Protection International has been supporting defenders in countries like RainbowFlagImHumanViaWipeOutHomophobiaFBGuatemala, Indonesia, and Kenya – offering concrete advice for improvement of protection arrangements, policies and practice. The video  “5 LGBTI activists’ views on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill” (8 min 15 EN) has supported Ugandan defenders’ campaign to avoid adoption of the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill.