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#Repost @natgeo with @repostapp ・・・ Photo @Hammond_Robin. “We moved from place to place, lied to families and friends. We had to pretend and to be someone else. We love each other and we will never give up on each other, whatever happens.” Abdesattar (left) and Walid (right) are a #gay couple from Tunisia. They have been together for five years, but because of hostile attitudes towards same sex relationships in the region and laws that make some consensual same sex acts a crime, they have kept their relationship hidden. They have lied to family, colleagues and their landlords, saying they are just friends or cousins. The photographer, fearing for their safety, offered to conceal their identities. "No," Walid said, “now it is time." They posed for the camera, removing their shirts to show each other’s names tattooed on their chests. Like their love, once a secret, now revealed for the world to see. - Walid & Abdesatter allowed themselves to be photographed by @natgeo contributing photographer @Hammond_Robin. They shared their story for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTQI+ stories of survival. It is a @witness_change project. To see more stories of survival from around the world follow @whereloveisillegal
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“As a non binary gender queer person I’ve never been able to express myself the way I want to because I may be called 'faggot' 'sissy' 'pervert' etc…” Rzouga is a non binary, gender #queer person from #Tunisia. When he told his mother, she asked him to go to a psychologist. In his first consultation, he would not say he identifies as #LGBTQI+ fearing the psychologist’s reaction. The second time though, when he entered he said “good morning, I’m a homosexual person. I was not raped, I was not forced to be. I was born and I choose to stay as a homosexual person. I am not having a problem with myself as a gay person.” To his surprise, his psychologist was supportive in particular in dealing with his mother. - Read Rzouga'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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"Masculine Women, Feminine Men" (1926) Part 2. #whereloveisillegal
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Got featured on the Queer Art Anthology, on the 3rd anniversary of the signage of Nigeria's Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Law. Download link on my bio. #whereloveisillegal
This is so inspiring... Such stories give me hope.. Gives me strength.. Make us more open towards world. More accepting. More kind. • • • @Regrann from @whereloveisillegal - “I am not afraid to hold my rainbow flag in front of my home, or going with it in parties. But I know how is to be scared while walking night at streets.” Márcio is a #gay man from #Brazil. He recognises the two sides of Brazil towards LGBTQI+ people. “Brazil is known world around as a friendly country, warming and sensual. And it is. But also is home of hate crimes against LGBT community, specially trans people” - Read Márcio’s story shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTI stories of #discrimination and #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. #loveislove Photo provided by Márcio. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival, follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal. #Regrann
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“to the internet and close friends i'm eli, the nonbinary who's attracted to all genders and is proud of their identity to some friends i'm yana the cisfemale pan who's okay with their sexuality and to my family i'm yana: cisfemale and straight” Eli is a non-binary individual from the #USA. The duel identities has made interactions with family difficult, especially with their mother. “i was suffering from depression and was self-harming, hearing my own mother, the person whom i looked up to say i wasn't valid because i was a teen shattered me.” - Eli shared their story with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign. You can read their 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 Eli (@literalpoptart). This is a @witness_change project developed by @Hammond_Robin. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
"Masculine Women, Feminine Men"(1926) Part 1. #whereloveisillegal
#Repost @tonyola_007 with @repostapp ・・・ © Robin Hammond - @Hammond_Robin: “You need to be raped to rid of your stupidity of liking a fellow girl!” These are the type of insults 'J' & 'Q' say they must endure. “We are a lesbian married couple though not recognized because in Uganda society lesbianism is an abnormality, an outcast, a disease that needs to be cured.” Read J and Q's full testimony shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival, at the link in the @WhereLoveIsIllegal account profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #iamwhoiam #loveislove This is a @witness_change project.
#Repost @tonyola_007 with @repostapp ・・・ © Robin Hammond - @Hammond_Robin: “I spent almost one month in prison with not enough food, no taking bath, not even seeing sunlight.” Ishmel is a young #gay man from #Nigeria. He was arrested and charged with "committing gay acts". Thanks to the intervention of Hope Alive Initiative, a grassroots LGBT non-governmental organization, his case was dismissed. Ishmel was beaten and tortured but the greatest blow came when, on his release, he was ostracised by his family: “I need my parents to give me back the love they showed to me when I was a small boy because I can’t live without them, but the condition that I found myself in make me to live without them, so I need their love back.” In 2014 Nigeria's former president signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country. Since passing the law, arrests of gay people have multiplied and some activists have been forced to go underground. Read Ishmel’s story shared for 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 Hope Alive Initiative and other grassroots LGBT groups. #loveislove #instapride This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
© Robin Hammond - @hammond_robin: "God made no gay but if a man accepts himself as gay he is a devil" the priest told Brice before he prayed over him to "cure" him of his "disease." To the distress of his mother, the prayers did not change Brice. “You have to choose – either change or leave!” His mother demanded. Brice didn’t consider this a choice he could make. He always knew he was Gay. “Since you have chosen to be gay, never contact me again!” Brice has not spoken to his mother since. Read Brice’s story shared for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival, at the link in the @WhereLoveIsIllegal account profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #loveislove #instapride This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
© Robin Hammond - @Hammond_Robin: “I spent almost one month in prison with not enough food, no taking bath, not even seeing sunlight.” Ishmel is a young #gay man from #Nigeria. He was arrested and charged with "committing gay acts". Thanks to the intervention of Hope Alive Initiative, a grassroots LGBT non-governmental organization, his case was dismissed. Ishmel was beaten and tortured but the greatest blow came when, on his release, he was ostracised by his family: “I need my parents to give me back the love they showed to me when I was a small boy because I can’t live without them, but the condition that I found myself in make me to live without them, so I need their love back.” In 2014 Nigeria's former president signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country. Since passing the law, arrests of gay people have multiplied and some activists have been forced to go underground. Read Ishmel’s story shared for 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 Hope Alive Initiative and other grassroots LGBT groups. #loveislove #instapride This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
© Robin Hammond - @Hammond_Robin: “You need to be raped to rid of your stupidity of liking a fellow girl!” These are the type of insults 'J' & 'Q' say they must endure. “We are a lesbian married couple though not recognized because in Uganda society lesbianism is an abnormality, an outcast, a disease that needs to be cured.” Read J and Q's full testimony shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival, at the link in the @WhereLoveIsIllegal account profile. At the link you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. #iamwhoiam #loveislove This is a @witness_change project.
© Robin Hammond - @Hammond_Robin: “We moved from place to place, lied to families and friends. We had to pretend and to be someone else. We love each other and we will never give up on each other, whatever happens.” Abdesattar (left) and Walid (right) are a #gay couple from Tunisia. They have been together for five years, but because of hostile attitudes towards same sex relationships in the region and laws that make some consensual same sex acts a crime, they have kept their relationship hidden. They have lied to family, colleagues and their landlords, saying they are just friends or cousins. The photographer, fearing for their safety, offered to conceal their identities. "No," Walid said, “now it is time." They posed for the camera, removing their shirts to show each other’s names tattooed on their chests. Like their love, once a secret, now revealed for the world to see. Walid & Abdesatter allowed themselves to be photographed by @natgeo contributing photographer @Hammond_Robin. They shared their story for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTQI+ stories of survival. It is a @witness_change project. To see more stories of survival from around the world follow @whereloveisillegal
@Regrann from @natgeo - Photo @Hammond_Robin. Khookha is a 29 year old Tunisian. He is an activist for LGBTQI+ rights and identifies as gender queer. He is confident and comfortable with who he is. His family are not: “My mother asked that I see a psychologist to 'adjust my weird behaviour' and 'heal me from abomination and mental disease.’” The Psychologist told Khookha he was "adopting female traits to show signs of weakness", an assertion he rejects: “Everyone should have the right to experiment [with their] femininity and masculinity and every possible way of gender expression despite the biological sex they were assigned to at birth.” - The Tunisian #LGBTQI+ community hoped that the 2011 revolution would usher in a more open society, and an end to homophobia and transphobia. This has not come to pass. Despite the discrimination and risks they face, activists continue to campaign for Tunisians to be free to love who they want, and identify as they feel, without fear. - Khookha was photographed by @natgeo contributing photographer @Hammond_Robin. He shared his story for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTQI+ stories of survival. It is a @witness_change project. To see more stories of survival from around the world follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal - #regrann
#Repost @natgeo with @repostapp ・・・ Photo @Hammond_Robin. Khookha is a 29 year old Tunisian. He is an activist for LGBTQI+ rights and identifies as gender queer. He is confident and comfortable with who he is. His family are not: “My mother asked that I see a psychologist to 'adjust my weird behaviour' and 'heal me from abomination and mental disease.’” The Psychologist told Khookha he was "adopting female traits to show signs of weakness", an assertion he rejects: “Everyone should have the right to experiment [with their] femininity and masculinity and every possible way of gender expression despite the biological sex they were assigned to at birth.” - The Tunisian #LGBTQI+ community hoped that the 2011 revolution would usher in a more open society, and an end to homophobia and transphobia. This has not come to pass. Despite the discrimination and risks they face, activists continue to campaign for Tunisians to be free to love who they want, and identify as they feel, without fear. - Khookha was photographed by @natgeo contributing photographer @Hammond_Robin. He shared his story for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTQI+ stories of survival. It is a @witness_change project. To see more stories of survival from around the world follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal Thanks @ritasaade89 ❤
@Regrann from @natgeo - Photo @Hammond_Robin. Khookha is a 29 year old Tunisian. He is an activist for LGBTQI+ rights and identifies as gender queer. He is confident and comfortable with who he is. His family are not: “My mother asked that I see a psychologist to 'adjust my weird behaviour' and 'heal me from abomination and mental disease.’” The Psychologist told Khookha he was "adopting female traits to show signs of weakness", an assertion he rejects: “Everyone should have the right to experiment [with their] femininity and masculinity and every possible way of gender expression despite the biological sex they were assigned to at birth.” - The Tunisian #LGBTQI+ community hoped that the 2011 revolution would usher in a more open society, and an end to homophobia and transphobia. This has not come to pass. Despite the discrimination and risks they face, activists continue to campaign for Tunisians to be free to love who they want, and identify as they feel, without fear. - Khookha was photographed by @natgeo contributing photographer @Hammond_Robin. He shared his story for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTQI+ stories of survival. It is a @witness_change project. To see more stories of survival from around the world follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal #Regrann
@Regrann from @natgeo - Photo @Hammond_Robin. Khookha is a 29 year old Tunisian. He is an activist for LGBTQI+ rights and identifies as gender queer. He is confident and comfortable with who he is. His family are not: “My mother asked that I see a psychologist to 'adjust my weird behaviour' and 'heal me from abomination and mental disease.’” The Psychologist told Khookha he was "adopting female traits to show signs of weakness", an assertion he rejects: “Everyone should have the right to experiment [with their] femininity and masculinity and every possible way of gender expression despite the biological sex they were assigned to at birth.” - The Tunisian #LGBTQI+ community hoped that the 2011 revolution would usher in a more open society, and an end to homophobia and transphobia. This has not come to pass. Despite the discrimination and risks they face, activists continue to campaign for Tunisians to be free to love who they want, and identify as they feel, without fear. - Khookha was photographed by @natgeo contributing photographer @Hammond_Robin. He shared his story for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBTQI+ stories of survival. It is a @witness_change project. To see more stories of survival from around the world follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal - #regrann My comment: It's important for everyone to take note that there are so many places where being LGBTQI+ is still illegal. In some places even if the marriage is equal in the eyes of the law, the couple could still be murdered because it is not equal in the eyes of the people. Khookha's story is really inspiring to me and I hope it inspires you too!