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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: 02/24/2020

Zionist Left Campaign Lures Arab LGBT Voters

The Labor-Gesher-Meretz list on Monday launched an ad targeting the LGBT community inside Israeli-Arab society, in an attempt to appeal to liberal voters affiliated with the Joint Arab List. The ad takes…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2020

No Scottish police officers have been trained to tackle LGBT hate crime in four years despite being a ‘priority’

Despite rocketing rates of violence against LGBT+ people in Scotland, absolutely no Police Scotland officers have been sent to a training course to better tackle the upsurge of hate crime in around…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2020

Morality police swing out wildly in Indonesia

Indonesia’s self-appointed morality police are at it again, this time featuring a university-educated member of the Commission for the Protection of Children (KPAI) who drew public ridicule by claiming that women risk…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2020

Torched Effigy of Gay Couple Causes Outrage in Croatia

The Croatian President, government ministers, LGBT rights groups and the Ombudsperson on Monday all condemned the burning of an effigy of a kissing same-sex couple and their child at a Dalmatian carnival,…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2020

Brazilian transgender dancer shatters Carnival parade taboo

When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo's Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old. Prins says…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2020

Hundreds join colourful Pride Parade in Thai city

Hundreds of people joined a colourful Pride Parade in Chiang Mai in Thailand on Saturday (February 22nd). The event, which celebrates the LGBT community, has been held for two years in a…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2020

Rainbow Scapes: Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan on chronicling the lives of LGBT individuals who ‘lived fearlessly’

In 2011, I travelled across India to document lives of 20 gay, lesbian and transgender persons who have lived their lives fearlessly and contributed in their own might to the community’s visibility…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2020

Teenage transgender row splits Sweden as dysphoria diagnoses soar by 1,500%

For several days this week the veteran Swedish journalist Malou von Sivers will cover the same topic in every episode of her nightly TV chat show: the extraordinary rise in diagnoses of…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

Jules Franckrin Kouamé Kouadio, ironworker by trade, was beaten up by members of his family after presenting his lover on his 35th birthday. On Saturday, Feb. 8, at Plateau-Dokui, Jules Franckrin Kouamé…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Polish court says campaign that linked homosexuality and paedophilia was “informative”

A Polish court has ruled in favour of a campaign that linked homosexuality and paedophilia, claiming it was “informative” and that it raised awareness. Polish lawyer, Bartłomiej Ciążyński, filed a suit against…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

‘A new kind of soft power’: Jacinda Ardern appears on cover of Time magazine

Jacinda Ardern has appeared on the cover of Time magazine ahead of the anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people were killed by a gunman. New Zealand’s prime minister…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Australian state mulls nation’s first gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

An Australian state is considering the nation’s first ban and jail sentences for so-called gay conversion therapy, a bid that has sparked division more than two years after the country legalised same-sex…

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