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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: 09/18/2021

Belgrade Pride to Highlight Calls for Same Sex Union Law

A law on same-sex unions and stronger official responses to hate speech and hate crimes against the LGBT community are among the key requests of those attending Belgrade Pride on Saturday. This…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2021

Bangladesh’s transgender tycoons create safe work

Simran Snigdha was begging when a chance encounter helped get her off Bangladesh’s streets and realize her artistic dreams — one of a growing number of transgender people securing formal employment as…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2021

Appeal court overturns UK puberty blockers ruling for under-16s

The court of appeal has overturned a controversial judgment that children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to be prescribed…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2021

LGBT vets with other than honorable discharges will get VA benefits under new plan

Tens of thousands of LGBT veterans forced from the military for their sexual orientation and given other-than-honorable discharges will be able to receive full Veterans Affairs benefits despite their dismissal status under…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2021

Gay war veteran speaks out for equal rights in Ukraine’s military

KYIV (Reuters) - Viktor Pylypenko has become a role model for dozens of LGBT+ Ukrainian war veterans and their supporters since he organised their participation two years ago in Kyiv's largest ever…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2021

South Korea LGBT youth threatened by lack of non-discrimination provisions: report

LGBTQIA+ youth in South Korea are threatened by the country’s failure to enact non-discrimination provisions, according to a report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday. The report, entitled “I Thought…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2021

Draft of Cuba’s new family code opens door for gay marriage

The draft of a new family code for Cuba released Wednesday proposes allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as giving children greater participation in decisions that affect them. The…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2021

Brave Nigerian lesbian couple ‘publicly wed’ and declare their love in defiance of archaic laws

LGBT+ activist and YouTuber Amara shared a series of photos detailing her symbolic marriage to her new wife, Olayinka, on social media. The beautiful couple can be seen gazing adoringly at each…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2021

New Zealand locals send record 100,000 submissions to ban LGBT conversion practices

New Zealand is on its way to become the land of conquering the impossible, and adding another feather to this cap of victories is its new record against conversion practices. More than…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2021

LGBT school pupils are more likely to be bullied by teachers: report

Around a quarter of LGBT school pupils who face bullying at school are actually harassed by teachers and other school staff rather than their classmates, according to research published in the Journal…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2021

Transgender professor ordered reinstated with tenure at university in Oklahoma by federal court

A transgender professor who was denied a promotion more than a decade ago must be reinstated with tenure at Southeastern Oklahoma State University because the school discriminated against her, a federal court…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2021

Hong Kong Gay Games postponed due to Covid travel restrictions

The Hong Kong Gay Games have been postponed until November 2023 in view of the current coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions, its organisers have told HKFP. The games, the first to be…

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