As featured in the 06-21-19 Scout Report, Where Love is Illegal continues to be a powerful platform that lifts up love and love stories that are criminalized or marginalized.
Launched in 2015, Where Love Is Illegal is a global campaign that "documents and captures personal testimonies of survival from the LGBTQI+ community around the world." Here, visitors can find dozens of personal stories and statements conveying both struggle and resilience from people in countries such as Nepal, Ghana, Armenia, Peru, and the United States. Some of these testimonies are accompanied by evocative portrait photography, while others have candid snapshots. As this project points out, "72 countries around the world have criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people." On the World Map page, visitors can click on many (though not all) countries to see a summary of their laws and statistics regarding LGBTQI+ rights, as well as a link to stories from that particular country. For example, although the West African country of Gabon has never outlawed homosexual activity, same-sex couples "are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples." Where Love Is Illegal is a project by Witness Change, a nonprofit founded by photojournalist Robin Hammond that aims "to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling."