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  • Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 05/15/2021

Two Spirit Society & Allies of North Dakota aims to improve life for LGBTQ people

Cardinal Red Bird has more than one story about the verbal abuse he listened to in his on-and-off stays on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in central North Dakota. "I was ridiculed…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2021

Pakistan: How has COVID impacted the LGBT community?

The coronavirus pandemic has made being LGBT+ in Pakistan significantly more difficult, in a country where those communities already face numerous challenges, including systemic oppression, social stigma and a legal ban on…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2021

Call for intersex inclusion as House panel excludes ‘intersex’ in sex definition of proposed anti-discrimination law

A conservative politician – Deputy Speaker Bienvenido Abante Jr. – succeeded in pushing for the exclusion of the term “intersex” from the definition of sex in the draft of a more “comprehensive”…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2021

Fear breeds bravery as LGBT+ S.Africans resist ‘war on queerness’

Three months ago, Chippa Mohanoe’s fiancée was stabbed in the neck and killed in front of their neighbours in South Africa’s Sebokeng township. Every day since, Mohanoe had to push past his…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2021

Guatemala LGBTI: Discrimination and Migration

  Guatemala, located on Mexico’s southern border and bordering Honduras and El Salvador, is a country that has for decades experienced migration issues, in part related to violence within the country. Currently,…

Haru Ono – Family Rainbow, Japan

Haru Ono is the president of Nijiiro Kazoku (Rainbow Family), an organization that connects and supports LGBTQ+ families across Japan through networking and information sessions. In our interview, Ono shares her mission…

ADDED ON: 05/14/2021

Cameroon Sentences Transgender Women to 5 Years in Prison

Two transgender women were sentenced to five years in prison in Cameroon this week after they were found guilty of “attempted homosexuality” and public indecency, the latest example of an increasing crackdown…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2021

Switzerland To Hold Referendum On 2020 Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

After a lengthy parliamentary battle, the Swiss government will hold a referendum concerning legislation introduced in December 2020 recognizing same-sex marriage. Under this law, same-sex couples can enter into “registered partnerships” with…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2021

US Army launches new animated recruitment video featuring LGBT+ family to diversify intake

The US Army has released a new animated recruitment campaign featuring five diverse soldiers and an LGBT+ family in the hopes of appealing to new young audiences. The campaign, which launched this…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2021

Benin: Threat On Transgender People and Their Defenders Following Assault On Three of Them

Authorities in Benin must immediately take all necessary measures to protect transgender people and the associations that defend them, after three transgender women were forced to undress, beaten and robbed by a…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2021

Lesbian penguins are this mating season’s hot new couple

Mating season is underway for the Gentoo penguins at the London’s Sea Life aquarium, and two lesbian penguin couples have already got together. The two couples – Marmalade and Chickpea and Marama…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2021

‘It’s discrimination’: Beach resort issues ban on transgender people

The local LGBT community slammed a local resort over alleged discrimination in its Facebook post announcing a ban on transgender people. The management of Isla Reta Beach Resort issued the ban in…

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