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LGBTQ Rights

A transgender woman in Thailand who dreams of becoming a lawyer. A Ugandan LGBTQ activist who leads a double life. A lesbian in Jamaica forced to flee her country.

Pulitzer Center journalists examine the many challenges the LGBTQ community faces, probing legal, religious, and ethical issues in the fight for equal rights. They report on a wide range of topics, from hate crimes in Russia to new gender identity laws in Bolivia. And they ask important questions: In a world plagued by stigma and homophobia, how do gender, sexual identity, and love influence the human experience? Where do LGBTQ people find the courage to confront fear and the threat of violence?

Our journalists use many forms of media to tell their stories. Among them are Micah Fink’s full-length documentary The Abominable Crime, the stunning photography of Misha Friedman’s work in Russia and of Daniella Zalcman’s work in Uganda, and Live Hope Love, the Emmy award-winning video poetry work of Kwame Dawes, Josh Cogan and Andre Lambertson.

 

 

 

LGBTQ Rights

February 24, 2014

Kuchus in Uganda

Daniella Zalcman

As Uganda struggles with anti-homosexuality legislation, the growing LGBT-rights movement continues its fight against discrimination and criminalization.

January 11, 2014

Official Homophobia in Russia

Misha Friedman

With homophobic rhetoric now legitimized by federal law, being gay in Russia can be extremely dangerous.

August 22, 2012

Closing the Gender Gap in South Africa

Melissa Turley

In South Africa, women are not equal. The fight to end apartheid has been waged and won, but the fight for gender equality continues.

August 19, 2010

After the Quake: HIV/AIDS in Haiti

Lisa Armstrong, Kwame Dawes, Andre Lambertson

Last January's earthquake destroyed Haiti's health care system, once at the forefront of the struggle to treat and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. A look at life since the quake, for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

October 02, 2009

Glass Closet: Sex, Stigma and HIV/AIDS in Jamaica

Micah Fink, Gabrielle Weiss, Lisa Biagiotti

Jamaica has the reputation of being one of the most violently anti-gay countries on earth. Male homosexual acts are criminalized – and can be punished with up to 10 years of hard time in prison.

March 28, 2008

Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica

Kwame Dawes, Jamaica Production Team, Stephen Sapienza, Joshua Cogan

Poet and writer Kwame Dawes travels to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine the ways in which the disease has shaped their lives. The journey brings him in touch with people who tell their stories, share their lives and teach him about resilience,...

A Tale of a Trans Man in Pakistan

A transgender man, now happily living with his girlfriend, speaks on how he got to where he is now and how trans men fit into Pakistan's discussion of trans rights for khawaja siras.

Khawaja Siras: Just Living Life

The typical image that comes to mind when thinking about Pakistan's trans culture may be of a person on the street—dressed up, makeup done. But what about all the times when they are not begging?

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