EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO EQUALITY
In May 2015, Ireland became the rst country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Beginning with The Netherlands in 2000, 25 countries worldwide have now legalized same-sex marriage. However, in 74 countries around the world, homosexuality is a crime. Asylum-seekers and refugees with a diverse sexual orientation or gender identity, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals, face distinct vulnerabilities, according to the UN Refugee Agency. In addition to severe discrimination and violence in their countries of origin, LGBTI refugees are frequently subject to continued harm in their country of asylum, by members of the refugee community, by local communities and by state agents.