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Around the world, LGBTI content is oftentimes censored from the media. This censorship not only silences the LGBTI community, but promotes negative stereotypes, hinders acceptance, and further ostracizes the community as a whole.

According to Global Ally research, in countries where positive portrayals of LGBTI people are visible in the media, acceptance of the LGBTI community is higher. When positive portrayals of LGBTI people are censored in the media, acceptance is lower.

Meet the Activist

Meet Kevin: an LGBTI activist at OutRight International who spent the first 25 years of his life in his home country of Iran. Kevin is responsible for creating some of the first ever LGBTI materials in Farsi, the language of Iran, and works to support Middle Eastern LGBTI refugees. Here's his story.

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Click and drag the slider function below to see how criminalization affects the LGBTI communities in different countries.


All LGBTI content is censored in the media in Iran.


Pushing to have same sex emojis removed.

More About Iran

No positive portrayals of LGBTI people exist in the media in Iran.

In a recent speech, Iran's Supreme Leader claimed that "there is no worst form of moral degeneration than [homosexuality].

The LGBTI community in Iran is in extreme danger as "homosexual acts" are punishable by death."

Two Iranian teenagers, convicted of raping a young boy, said before their executions that they were not aware that homosexual acts were punishable by death.

More About Indonesia

In early 2016 broadcasting officials met with the Indonesian Child Protection Commission and agreed that they need to block any content that might encourage children and adolescents to imitate or justify "LGBTI behaviors" on television.

Indonesia is pushing to have LGBTI themed emojis removed from phones.

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Pro-LGBT activists protest on February 23, 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia as Indonesia ministers and religious leaders have taken additional steps to denounced homosexuality, block LGBT websites and launch anti-gay raids.
In this photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows an anti-LGBT Muslim group marching to blockade pro-LGBT protesters in Yogyakarta, in Java island.
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