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    Laws and governments are not the only forces impacting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. Society, culture, and religion can also strongly impact the well-​being of LGBTI people. Religion is often given as a justification for discrimination and mistreatment of LGBTI people. Those who persecute LGBTI people also accuse them of violating long-​held cultural traditions. Social change is often more difficult to achieve than legal change. There are religious leaders in many faiths who consider LGBTI identity sinful and exclude and stigmatize LGBTI people from their faith communities. Many of these leaders encourage psychologically​—​and sometimes physically​—​harmful “reparative therapy” practices, support relatives who reject their LGBTI family members, and even call for torture and execution of LGBTI people.

ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

HRW calls on Kuwait to stop punitive acts towards transgender Kuwaitis

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Kuwait to end its suppression of the LGBTQ community in a report published on Thursday, following the conviction and imprisonment of Maha-al-Mutairi, a transgender woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

Bullying and queerphobia literally change queer people’s genetics, affecting their offspring

Numerous studies have shown how bullying and queerphobia affect LGBTQ people’s physical health, emotional well-being and social functioning. But scientific research on the effects of ongoing trauma suggest that anti-LGBTQ environments can…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

Activists criticise unofficial Russian Drag Race for lack of LGBTQ+ recognition

Last week, a new Russian drag competition series headed by popular blogger Nastya Ivleeva premiered on YouTube. Like RuPaul’s Drag Race, the show includes lip-sync battles, extravagant costumes and outlandish comedy. But…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2021

Gay couple hail ‘big win’ in battle over children’s Namibian citizenship

Namibian court ruled on Wednesday that the son of a gay couple, born via surrogacy in South Africa in 2019, is a Namibian citizen by descent, in a decision hailed as "big…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2021

Pete Buttigieg hits back at Fox News host’s criticism of his paternity leave

US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has been on paternity leave since mid-August with newborn twins, called right-wing attacks on his paternity leave “strange” and from “a side of the aisle that…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2021

LGBTQI+: ‘We’ll campaign against Dutch interests in Ghana’ – Sam George on visa denial

Lead sponsor of the anti-gay bill in Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram Sam Nartey George has slammed the Dutch Embassy in Ghana for resorting to blackmail after losing the…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2021

Most Russians Oppose Same-Sex Relationships – Poll

More Russians oppose same-sex relationships than they did nearly a decade ago, according to a new survey released Friday. Russia’s independent Levada Center pollster said 69% of respondents disagreed with the statement…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2021

Namibian Court Grants Citizenship to Gay Couple’s Son in LGBTQ+ Rights ‘Win’

A court in the Southern African country of Namibia ruled on Wednesday that the son of a gay couple is a Namibian citizen by descent. The ruling has been considered a major…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2021

LGBTQ + Mariachi Uniting Communities

A Los Angeles group which prides itself as the first and only LGBTQ+ Mariachi in the world is breaking barriers, uniting communities and promoting acceptance.

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2021

The construction of Chinese patriotic masculinity: ‘sissies will ruin the nation’

Many cultural-political scholars have suggested that nationalism involves active control over a population's biological traits such as health, reproduction, gender, sexuality and more. China's recent campaign against ‘niang pao’ (娘炮), a vulgar…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2021

Texas House votes to keep transgender girls out of female sports

The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that bans transgender women and girls from participating in female school sports after three previous attempts failed, all but assuring Republican Governor Greg Abbott…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2021

Astronaut Sally Ride will be the first LGBT + person in the US quarter.

(US Mint / Getty) Astronaut Sally Ride will become the first LGBT + person to appear in US currency, as part of the new American Women Quarters Program. According to the United…

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