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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: 12/09/2019

Attack the OAS: Inside the ultra-conservative war on the Inter-American human rights system

"The attack first started when I was president”, Margarette May Macaulay, a lawyer and former judge from Jamaica who was elected to the top post at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights…

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ADDED ON: 12/09/2019

Cambodia: CHRC seeks to end LGBT discrimination

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee president spoke during a pro-LGBT event in Phnom Penh on Saturday and called on the public to end discrimination and prevent violence against the community. The event,…

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ADDED ON: 12/09/2019

Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’

Facebook users have been bombarded with misleading ads about medication meant to prevent the transmission of HIV, according to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, who say the tech giant’s refusal to…

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ADDED ON: 12/09/2019

UK‘s first LGBT retirement community set to open in Manchester

The northern British city of Manchester has announced it is to open the country‘s first retirement community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. There are more than 7,000 LGBT people…

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ADDED ON: 12/09/2019

Breaking barriers: Miss Universe’s first openly gay contestant is from Myanmar

Ninety hopefuls from around the world will vie for the crown at tonight’s (Dec 8) Miss Universe pageant. Among them is Miss Myanmar, Swe Zin Htet. The 21-year-old singer-actress is the first…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2019

Uganda Renews Clampdown on the LGBT Community

On November 11, police in Uganda arrested 125 members of the LGBT community. The Kampala police assert that the Ram Bar, which is frequented by the LGBT community, is a hot spot…

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TikTok admits it censored LGBT users in ‘wrong’ attempt to tackle online bullying

Documents obtained by the German site netzpolitik.org from an anonymous source at the Chinese-owned company showed that accounts and posts from LGBT+ people, body positive advocates and people with disabilities were being…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2019

The Fight for Peace and Justice in Colombia

Late last August, prominent FARC commanders Iván Márquez and Jesús Santrich declared that they would be taking up arms against the Colombian state once again. The announcement signified a partial breakdown of…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2019

Emerging Indie Wrestling Star Anthony Bowens Takes Pride in Representing LGBTQ Community

Anthony Bowens stands for more than solely great performances in the ring. One of pro wrestling’s rising stars, Bowens is entertaining in the ring, able to work on the mat, in the…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2019

EVANGELICAL SITE LAUNCHES ‘SUCCESSFUL’ PETITION AGAINST GAY CHRISTMAS MOVIE AFTER HALLMARK SAYS IT’S OPEN TO LGBTQ PITCHES

A far-right evangelical website has allegedly faked an online petition against a hypothetical gay Hallmark Christmas movie. Out reported Friday that evangelical website LifeSiteNews started a petition asking the Hallmark Channel not…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2019

Brazilian Foundation Develops App to Map Risk Areas for LGBT Population

Fiocruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation) has developed an App to map the areas of the country regarded as the most violent for the LGBT population. Users will point out whether areas are safe…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2019

Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Extends Through Entire Government

Whether it means serving in the military, working for a federal contractor or seeking medical help, regulations that once protected transgender people are under attack. Nicolas Talbott, a graduate student at Kent…

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