LGBTI RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Front Line Defenders supports LGBTI Human Rights Defenders primarily through its security grants program, security training, and international advocacy as well as through their participation in digital security training, Dublin Platform, and the GALAS Awards.

Front Line Defenders observes that LGBTI HRDs continue to be oppressed throughout the world. Recent legislative efforts in Uganda and the Russian Federation are examples of recent infringement of LGBTI rights imposed by government agencies. Front Line Defenders also observes that LGBTI HRDs continue to face routine discrimination and threats from their communities and families.

Front Line Defenders LGBTI YouTube Playlist
Video interviews with LGBTI HRDs can be viewed here.

Film Screening - Call Me Kuchu

On 3 July 2012, Front Line Defenders co-hosted with the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and GLEN a private screening of the award-winning film Call Me Kuchu, the story of the life and murder of Ugandan LGBTI activist David Kato.

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Following the screening, Andrea Rocca, Head of Protection at Front Line Defenders, joined the film's co-directors Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali Worrall for a discussion and Q&A.

GALAS

In 2010 the National Lesbian and Gay Federation added an international prize to its roll of honour. Front Line Defenders is a co-sponsor of the award, which recognizes the fact that in many countries of the world, LGBTI HRDs pay a heavy price for their courage in demanding full legal and social equality.

In 2011, Paisarn Likhitpreechakul from Thailand was recognized for his work leading a legal challenge to discriminatory legislation in his country.