are more than 4 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and other surrounding countries as of last month, according to the Office of the United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Refugees. An estimated 481,612, including more than 351,000 in Greece, have entered Europe by boat this year, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Among these, thousands of LGBTI refugees are hiding and fighting to survive. Their time is running out. They need to get to safety now.  

In 2014, only 100 LGBTI refugees were accepted for relocation by the United States government according to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power. That amount equals one-tenth of one percent of the U.S.’s total annual refugee quota of 70,000 refugees.

Yes, you read that right. 1/10 of 1%!

Subhi Nahas, a gay Syrian refugee, was one of those lucky 100. Last month, he stood before the U.N. Security Council at the first-ever meeting on LGBTI rights and told his story of being abused, fearing for his life, and escaping Syria with nothing but the shirt on his back. He is not alone. There are many others like him and they are at a crisis point.

LGBTI people are the target of ISIS and other extremists in Syria. ISIS has carried out 30 brutal public executions of suspected LGBTI people videotaped and photographed and distributed via the Internet. No one knows how many have died silently. Thousands more are living in daily terror of being found out and murdered, not only by ISIS, but community members, government authorities, and other militia groups.

“For my compatriots who do not conform to gender and sexual norms, the 11th hour has already passed,” Nahas told the U.N. Security Council. “They need your help now.”

Last month, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would welcome an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016.

Your help is needed. We want you to stand with Nahas to tell the United States government to save 500 slots specifically for LGBTI refugees – some of the most vulnerable -- fleeing for their lives to enter the U.S. in 2016.

Save 500 LGBTI refugees lives. Sign this petition.

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