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June 20, 2017

xHamster Launches Program To Connect LGBTQ Refugees To Resources

CYPRUS—xHamster, to recognize World Refugee Day and Pride Month in the United States, has launched an initiative to connect LGBTQ people living in repressive regimes with resources and asylum options. “We know that adult content is often a resource for those struggling with sexuality, or used for relief during times of persecution,” said Alex Hawkins, vice president of xHamster. “It is sought out by those who may not have a connection to a larger community, or who may be avoiding public spaces. We know we are in a unique position to reach these people, and we wanted to begin to build a lifeline.” Effective immediately, visitors to xHamster’s gay channel in Indonesia will be presented with a pop-up alerting visitors about the recent government crackdowns, and directing them to resources about legal aid and refugee resettlement programs.  The program was launched after a series of police raids, forced HIV testing and public canings of gay men in Indonesia.  xHamster chose Indonesia to launch the program because of recent crackdowns and the high penetration of English language speakers.  If successful, xHamster will launch similar initiatives in other areas where LGBTQ people face persecution.  xHamster reportedly receives more daily visitors than the BBC, New York Times or ESPN. Those interested in helping those fleeing persecution can do so by supporting Rainbow Refugee.

 
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