• 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: 09/25/2020

Could Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy in China Be Poised for a Breakthrough?

Last fall, as China’s lawmakers neared finalizing the country’s first-ever Civil Code, they opened to public comment its draft chapters on marriage and other areas of law. A newly formed coalition of…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2020

French court rejects transgender woman’s demand to be recognised as a mother

France's highest court has ruled that a transgender woman cannot be officially recognised as the biological mother of the child she conceived with her wife before transitioning. The court ruled on Wednesday…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2020

A Step Backward for Same-Sex Couples in Chile

Over three years ago, the Chilean government sent a bill to Congress to uphold same-sex marriage. The bill has not moved forward. Instead, Chile has been taking steps backward. Take the June…

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Simeon Vassilev – GLAS, Bulgaria

Simeon Vassilev is the head of GLAS (Gays and Lesbians Accepted in Society) Foundation in Bulgaria, a community connector for LGBTI activism and events. He shares about how the GLAS Foundation has…

ADDED ON: 09/23/2020

Changes to gender recognition laws ruled out

Ministers have ruled out changes to make it easier for transgender people in England and Wales to have their gender legally recognised. They have rejected calls for people to be able to…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2020

Trans Activist Akkai Padmashali joins Congress Party in Karnataka

Well know transgender activist Akkai Padmashali joined the Indian National Congress in Karnataka on Sunday. Akkai is the recipient of Karnataka Rajyotsava award – the second highest civilian award of the state-…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2020

Beirut’s port explosion shattered a queer oasis, but the residents of Mar Mikhael have vowed to rebuild

Firas Nabulsi remembers dancing in drag under a rain of glitter, rose petals cascading from beneath his wig, the Beirut nightclub crowd cheering as he lip-synched to a Whitney Houston song. Now…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Germany: CDU leadership hopeful slammed for comments on homosexuality

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leadership hopeful Friedrich Merz came under fire on Monday for a response he gave when questioned on whether he could imagine Germany having a homosexual chancellor. Merz, a…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

BBC journalist had the gall to ask Barbados’ prime minister if people should be ‘allowed’ to be gay. She didn’t hold back

A BBC journalist asked the prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, if people should be “allowed” to be gay – and she did not hold back. Mottley appeared on BBC News to…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Cayman’s LGBTQIA+ allies ‘let the sun set on hate’

Cayman Islanders gathered in a show of solidarity with the LGBTQ community on Sunday at Seven Mile Public Beach. More than 100 residents arrived, dressed in bright colours, to reject anti-LGBTQ hate…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Israel’s LGBT tech sector is finally being seen

“I was very concerned about how it would impact my career,” Grembek told CTech when thinking back to coming out of the closet following his divorce. “I was very concerned about how…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Nigerian activist: Is it time to march against anti-LGBT bias?

Nigerian human rights activist Samuel Uchenna has suggested that it may be time for public demonstrations by LGBTIQ+ Nigerians pushing back against the country’s anti-gay biases. Sharing his thoughts on Twitter, the…

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