LGBTQI communities from across the globe often have their right to free expression and information restricted and denied purely for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Same-sex acts are illegal in over 80 countries and punishable by death in over ten. In many countries there is legislation that criminalises the open discussion of LGBTQI issues. In others, writers – whether they are journalists, novelists, poets, bloggers or screenwriters - are often forced to self-censor due to an environment of pervasive violence and intimidation, with little or no state protection.
Violence is all too often used to silence LGBTQI voices, sometimes resulting in loss of life:
the ultimate form of censorship. Impunity for these crimes is widespread.
Would you choose to speak out?
Would you choose the freedom to write in the face of such dangers?
Choose your experience..