Leilani, IPPF


LGBTQIA+ individuals caught in conflict are at a heightened risk of sexual and other types of violence, abuse, exploitation, and harassment. The humanitarian community has yet to adequately meet the diverse needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals, who are too often already marginalized within society.

Fakaleiti (‘leiti’) is a Tongan word to describe transgender women, coming from the English word “lady”. In Tonga, the transgender community is organized by the Tonga Leiti Association (TLA). Leilani (pictured), who identifies as a leiti, has been working with TLA for many years to battle the stigma surrounding the leiti and LGBTI+ community in Tonga. Photo courtesy of IPPF.

Facts & Stats

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76 countries criminalize sexual acts between adults of the same sex.

Reference: https://ilga.org/maps-sexual-orientation-laws