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LGBTQI+ and International Candidates

Have you ever wanted to have a world full of inclusion and diversity? A world where you can be yourself without being judged?

Throughout the month of June, Pride is celebrated worldwide and marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising was a protest against police raids on a famous New York gay bar known as the Stonewall Inn which took place on the 28th of June 1968. The rebellion turned into a catalyst for the homosexual rights movement within the United States and across the world.

A study looked at the experiences of LGBTQI+ people within Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and found out that violence from within their own circle of relatives can force many LGBTQI+ people to leave their homes, pushing them into the margins of society. In addition to discrimination, they may undergo extortion in addition to physical and sexual violence from gangs and other armed groups.

Once displaced, LGBTQI+ people may also have hassle acquiring social offerings and strong employment. Fears of being `outed,` with feasible violence in the direction of their own circle of relatives if their identification turns into public, may prevent them from asking for formal offerings, such as health care, food aid or housing support. The LGBTQI+ community may also have trouble obtaining social services and stable employment. Feeling the Fear of being ‘outed,’ with possible violence toward themselves and their families if their identity became public.

One person spoke in a study and said, “In this one clinic … they outright deny or report you to the police, but other things—as they might laugh at you—are a major reason not to come forward. LGBT people have experienced a lot of discrimination and harassment, and subtle attitudes have a major impact.”

Within today’s society, we celebrate Pride month with celebrations and marches to raise awareness and educate people on LGBTQI+ rights. Although June is formally known as Pride Mouth these celebrations and marches are held all year round. Despite encouraging development over recent decades, there are nonetheless many locations wherein LGBTQI+ groups are oppressed and discriminated against. For example, almost 70 international locations have legal guidelines that criminalize homosexuality.

Within the UK being part of the LGBTQI+ community is becoming more accepted, with pride events held in most major cities. Being accepted for who you are and having the ability to educate people on LGBTQI+ rights is something we thrive on. Creating a community full of diversity and inclusion and being able to be who you are without being judged. In the UK we imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and live their life to the fullest. Together we show our rainbow flags with pride to say be who you want to be and don’t feel judged for doing so.

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