1. Immigration Equality released a short film sharing success stories from their LGBT Asylum Program, which represents over 400 individuals from all over the world.
2. Alexander Kargaltsev, a photographer and graduate of Russia’s top film academy, spent his childhood in Moscow.
3. He experienced first hand the country’s homophobic environment.
4. When he began to fear for his own safety, he finally made the decision to leave.
6. Victor Mukasa is a human rights defender living in Baltimore, MD.
8. His own religious community attempted to convert him from his transgender sexual identity.
9. Along with other activists, he co-founded Uganda’s top LGBT rights group.
12. She kept her sexual orientation a secret to everyone but her own grandmother, who urged her to leave.
13. Having lost a friend herself, she knew what could possibly happen if she was open about her sexuality.
15. Watch the entire film:
16. Read more about Immigration Equality here.
- President Obama commuted the federal sentences of 111 prisoners, the most granted by a US president in a single month.