When Being LGBT Can Cost You Your Life

UN Flags_sSeptember 15, 2015 – The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community experiences myriad inequalities all across the globe. There are more than 70 countries where it is illegal to be LGBT, eight where state-sanctioned death penalty is the punishment, and often times, even in countries where being yourself is lawful, many LGBT people are treated as second-class citizens. It is imperative for Sustainable Development Goal 10 to work toward reducing inequalities among all people, including the LGBT community. At GLAAD, our mission is to accelerate acceptance of LGBT people by utilizing the news media to tell stories of everyday LGBT people and the entertainment media to portray fair and accurate LGBT diversity. We know that you cannot legislate acceptance and that human rights are achieved through a receptive culture. Our global work is built on the foundation that local organizations are the best catalysts for change, and we support them with our media expertise. We’ve experienced success with this all around the world — from Nigeria, to Ireland, to Chile, to the United States.

Source: When Being LGBT Can Cost You Your Life | Sarah Kate Ellis

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