Most dangerous places for gay and transgender people

Many places in the world are dangerous for LGBT, especially for gay and transgender people. “Comprehensive data on hate crimes and state-sponsored violence against LGBT people is just non-existent in a lot of countries,” says Jessica Stern, the director at OutRight International, an advocacy group.

1. Iraq
"Iraq is not safe for LGBT people, what part you are in is very important in Iraq" says Amir Ashour, the only openly gay activist of Iraq. He also explains that the rest not only from Islamic State in Mosul and Hawija. Violence and assault are more visible in Iraq, the latest one was in January this year, many people were killed. Everyone knows Isis attacks on gay individuals, but since 2006, attacks on gay individuals under Iraq are continuing to happen. It's not safe to meet people from LGBT community, especially dating through online trans dating apps or gay dating apps. “There are no safe spaces both online and offline,” Ashour says sadly.

But LGBT community in Iraq still try to look for their own way of communication. NGO’s network has helped us a lot, Ashour says. It provides LGBT communities, like gay and transgender people with more resources and chances to communicate with the outside world.

2. Iran
Homosexuality is regarded as “moral bankruptcy” or “modern western barbarism” in Iran. Amnesty International estimates that there were at least 5,000 gays and lesbians have been executed in Iran since the Iranian revolution of 1979. It has changed a lot, but still occurs now. Blackmail is the biggest problem of gay men in Iran, says aghi Ghahraman, founder of the Iranian Queer Organization. Iran’s complex laws around homosexuality creates an atmosphere for blackmail.

Transgender community is more acceptable trans gay community in Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini released a fatwa permitting the acceptance of transgender people in society in 1993, since then people in Iran can take out loans for their sex reassignment surgery. In fact, except for Thailand, Iran has one of the largest transsexual population in the world. But it’s a double edged sword for some people, because the government only recognizes transgender people who undergo transition surgery.

3. Honduras
Researches show that compare with other counties in the world, transgender people are more likely to be killed in Honduras. But it's not only for transgender people, other LGBT are also dangerous here.

It's very important to know something about its background. Honduras is the murder capital of the world now, no matter what's your sexuality. According to an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report, LGBT murders are more likely go unpunished due to discriminatory stereotypes in the society. Even so, LGBT are still very active in Honduras.

LGBT activist and candidate for the Honduran congress, Erick Martínez says," We've done a lot to change this situation, but still has many challenges."
Both transgender people and gay community need a safe and warm space to live, because they are also a part of the world.