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“I am completely convinced that being bisexual is the way I was born, and nothing you or anyone else ever did “made” me bisexual. My natural orientation and preference is toward men and women, and as for its being a “choice,” my only choice, as I see it, has been whether to be open and honest about my feelings, or to continue to deny and hide them. Being bisexual is simply part of who I am — and a part I’ve been longing to share with you for quite some time.” Will you be Christina’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 & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
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“Many people misunderstand that being pan sexual means being attracted to everyone I see walking down the road before understanding what it really is and being chastised as the ‘slutty woman’. There is even the other end of the story where many people that being bisexual and pan sexual doesn’t exist or that this phenomenon exists within the LGBT community.” Jherane is a pansexual woman from Jamaica. Her identity as pansexual has led to exclusion from some in the straight and LGBT community. “Someone who I’ve even had to work with on a project recently accused me of being straight and I’m just seeking attention.” - Read Jherane'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 in partnership with @LogoTV’s Global Ally Campaign and with film from @impossible_hq. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal #impossibleproject
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“I wish I had the courage to write this sooner as I know that I won’t see you for a couple of years, but I hope you will see this letter and just……….just understand and love me.” Will you be Enzo’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 & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
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“Being ourselves in a world that is incredibly unsupportive of who we are is more gruelling than one can imagine. The little acts of kindness we receive, goes an incredibly long way. What is seen as a small gesture of acceptance and support, impacts our lives in a profound and sometimes life changing way.” Will you be Shanieka’s Ally? https://iamanally.whereloveisillegal.com/allies/member/130/ - 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 & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
Found this great page. Follow friends. 🌈 #Repost @whereloveisillegal with @repostapp ・・・ “I never knew it was bullying until I got to know the word too well. Then I learnt it was homophobic bullying because I was being teased and called “fish”, “faggot”, “battyman” and other degrading names. For half of my life I felt as though something was wrong with me. I thought maybe they were right for teasing me.” Elton is a #gay man from #Jamaica. In high school he felt the strongest effects of bullying, but he overcame their prejudices and now advocates for rights of #LGBT Jamaicans. “I would want to encourage others to never give up, be your best self and remain true to who you are. That bully might just be somebody lacking love and attention. Never let the fear of giving in let you give up.” - Read Elton'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 in partnership with @LogoTV’s Global Ally Campaign and with film from @impossible_hq. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal #impossibleproject
© @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages. Rick is a 23 year old gay Jamaican. He says he is always been treated like an outcast because of his sexuality. His family does not accept him, especially his mother who, he says, hates him. On several occasions he is attempted suicide. He says there are people who want to kill him, and that he has to have sex with men to get money to eat.  Jamaica has been labelled one of the most homophobic and transphobic countries in the world - but many brave Jamaican activists want their stories to be told in a bid to end stigma and discrimination. Robin Hammond’s images from Jamaica are part of a series documenting LGBTQI+ stories from countries where love is illegal.
“I never knew it was bullying until I got to know the word too well. Then I learnt it was homophobic bullying because I was being teased and called “fish”, “faggot”, “battyman” and other degrading names. For half of my life I felt as though something was wrong with me. I thought maybe they were right for teasing me.” Elton is a #gay man from #Jamaica. In high school he felt the strongest effects of bullying, but he overcame their prejudices and now advocates for rights of #LGBT Jamaicans. “I would want to encourage others to never give up, be your best self and remain true to who you are. That bully might just be somebody lacking love and attention. Never let the fear of giving in let you give up.” - Read Elton'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 in partnership with @LogoTV’s Global Ally Campaign and with film from @impossible_hq. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal #impossibleproject
My husband picturing the Eiffel Tower, on the 13th of June 2016, one day after the Orlando attacks. . . Today this post refers to the recent news I've learned and made me extremely sick. Gay men arrested in a ‘purge’ in the Russian region of Chechnya are being held in concentration camp-style prisons, which are the first since Hitler. Russian newspapers and human rights groups report that more than 100 gay men have been detained “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such” as part of a purge. Several people were also reportedly feared dead following violent raids. In a chilling response, a Chechen government spokesperson denied that there are any gay people to detain, insisting that “you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic”. The Kremlin denied any knowledge of a purge. But reports have since emerged that the men arrested are being kept in horrific concentration camp prisons, where violent abuse and torture is common. . . . #sorrynotsorry #strictlypride #gayflag #livewithit #getoverit #gayhug #noH8 #whereloveisillegal #rainbowisthenewblack #comeout #haveagayday #lgbt #gayisok #loveislove #lgbtpride #gay #gaylove #gaypride #rainbow #boyxboy #gaylove #instagay #lovewins #lgbti #pride #gayproud #homophobie #homophobia #gaypride #stophomophobie
“Mommy said she knew i was gay and she needs clarification to know her next step.then my sister asked the same recurring question ‘AKIME ARE YOU GAY ?’ i thought it was time to be me, so i turned and said ‘Yes'. i began breaking down saying this is the end of my life, thinking i had no one there for me.”Will you be Akime’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 & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
Russian newspapers and human rights groups report that more than 100 gay men have been rounded up “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such” and held in 'concentration style' camps. Several people also reportedly feared dead following violent raids in a 'purge'. #Repost @amnestyuk with @repostapp ・・・ Gay men in Chechnya are being abducted, tortured and some even killed in what some have likened to a government-led 'prophylactic sweep'. News reports are claiming these men are being held in concentration camp-style prisons. But the Chechen authorities deny that gay men even exist. Act now - call for the safety of gay men and the wider Chechen LGBTI community: Link in bio https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/stop-abducting-and-killing-gay-men-chechnya #lgbt #lgbtq #gay #chechnya #russia #gaypride #loveislove #intersectionalfeminism #britishfeminism #feminism #whereloveisillegal #humanrights #activism #gayrightsarehumanrights
#Repost @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
"Coming out to you was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I was so unsure of what you would say and the risk of losing you as a friend was hard to even imagine. Thank you for showing me unconditional love, even in the face of your religious beliefs and in a Jamaican society that teaches that people like me shouldn't be loved and should be ostracized." Will you be Shereika’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 & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
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“While going through high school things started changing I started doing research and studies on my body and I start taking hormones and using woman products at age 19 years old I realize and come to my sense that this is the person I truly am.” Will you be Kerry’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. & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
#tdov #allies #respect #love #Repost @whereloveisillegal with @repostapp ・・・ “When I shared my trans-identity with you, it didn’t change anything for you. Sure, you had questions but it came from a place of love and respect. I’m thankful to have an ally like you. Your acceptance of my transition has made what can be a difficult time, easier. We need more allies like you.” Neish is a #transman in #Jamaica, his sister is his ally. Will you be Neish’s ally? - Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. For many transgender people speaking up can be met with hate and being visible can be dangerous. #WhereloveIsIllegal & #IAmAnAlly were started because we believe that sharing stories and being visible can create change. Today we stand with our Transgender brothers and sisters. #TDOV #transisbeautiful - 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 & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
“When I shared my trans-identity with you, it didn’t change anything for you. Sure, you had questions but it came from a place of love and respect. I’m thankful to have an ally like you. Your acceptance of my transition has made what can be a difficult time, easier. We need more allies like you.” Neish is a #transman in #Jamaica, his sister is his ally. Will you be Neish’s ally? - Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. For many transgender people speaking up can be met with hate and being visible can be dangerous. #WhereloveIsIllegal & #IAmAnAlly were started because we believe that sharing stories and being visible can create change. Today we stand with our Transgender brothers and sisters. #TDOV #transisbeautiful - 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 & @LogoTV's GlobalAlly
regram @johnstanmeyer March 31, International Transgender Visibility Day - Beauty is universal. Truth, within each of us. There is no right or wrong when it comes to who or how we love. - Join me today, and everyday, in helping end discrimination, bigotry. Hatred and anger. A human weakness so profound, it ruins us and hinders society. - Let's us all be roll models, a source of light for ourselves, our neighbors, friends, our families and especially our children. Inspiring future generations to embrace acceptance of all by spreading kindness, respect and equality, to everyone. @johnstanmeyer - Caption ~ Before dinner, two strong women, transgenders, prepare for a night with friends at their small, welcoming home in Chennai, India. - Please follow @whereloveisillegal on Instagram, founded by friend and @natgeo colleague, @hammond_robin, to raise awareness and respect to the LGBTQ global community, our equal sisters and brothers. Thank you, Robin, for your deep commitment. - #march31 #transgendervisibilityday #standingproud #transgendervisibility #LGBTQ #stophatred #onlylove #india #chennai @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @viiphoto #whereloveisillegal @whereloveisillegal
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March 31, International Transgender Visibility Day - Beauty is universal. Truth, within each of us. There is no right or wrong when it comes to who or how we love. - Join me today, and everyday, in helping end discrimination, bigotry. Hatred and anger. A human weakness so profound, it ruins us and hinders society. - Let's us all be roll models, a source of light for ourselves, our neighbors, friends, our families and especially our children. Inspiring future generations to embrace acceptance of all by spreading kindness, respect and equality, to everyone. @johnstanmeyer - Caption ~ Before dinner, two strong women, transgenders, prepare for a night with friends at their small, welcoming home in Chennai, India. - Please follow @whereloveisillegal on Instagram, founded by friend and @natgeo colleague, @hammond_robin, to raise awareness and respect to the LGBTQ global community, our equal sisters and brothers. Thank you, Robin, for your deep commitment. - #march31 #transgendervisibilityday #standingproud #transgendervisibility #LGBTQ #stophatred #onlylove #india #chennai @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @viiphoto #whereloveisillegal @whereloveisillegal
from India