Where Love is Illegal


LGBTQ+ Stories Of Survival

While in some parts of the world the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people are gaining recognition, in other parts of the world people are increasingly persecuted for their sexual orientation and gender identity.

We believe change is possible.

Witness Change believes that persecution based on sexuality or gender identity must end.

What we’re doing about it:

Witness Change created Where Love Is Illegal to document LGBTQ+ stories of discrimination and survival from around the world. At the heart of the work is a belief that discrimination thrives where the voices of those persecuted are silenced. Where Love Is Illegal was created to make sure these survivors are seen and their voices heard.

Witness Change photographer Robin Hammond collaborated with 65 survivors of persecution of 15 different nationalities to create a series of portraits. The goal was to tell each person’s story as that person wanted to share it.

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Many hid their faces to protect their identity, and all were given veto over images they felt compromised their safety: in many of the places where these photographs were taken, to be openly LGBTQ+ is to risk your life.

As well as posing for photographs, each subject recorded a written testimony of the discrimination they faced. The telling of these stories are acts of courage and defiance against homophobic attitudes that have denied LGBTQ+ people the right to express their words, their feelings, and of course, their identities.

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What we’re doing about it: TELLING STORIES GLOBALLY.

In order for Where Love Is Illegal to be a truly global campaign, we are continuing to tell stories where LGBTIQ+ discrimination persists.
You can donate to help us continue telling stories.


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You can see more on this campaign by going to the dedicated website:
www.whereloveisillegal.com