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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: 12/03/2020

Battered but unbowed by coronavirus, Tokyo’s gay district forges stronger ties

TOKYO (Reuters) - When Toshitsune Tamashiro was young and closeted in 1980s Japan, Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ni-chome gay district was a haven. Now he runs a bar there, and has fought to keep…

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Russian Activists Just Won an Important Battle Over LGBTQ Rights. But the War Is Far From Over

Two weeks after the constitution was changed, the government proposed a bill to ban same-sex marriage and end the legal recognition of transgender people. Many activists had expected the landmark bill, co-authored…

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Hungary’s rightwing rulers downplay MEP ‘gay orgy’ scandal amid hypocrisy accusations

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has condemned the behaviour of MEP József Szájer, from his rightwing Fidesz party, after Szájer’s participation in a “gay orgy” in Brussels prompted accusations of hypocrisy. “What…

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Christian couple rejected by foster agency for wanting to change LGBT+ children tell court they were discriminated against

A Christian couple from Australia who were turned away by a foster agency because of their belief that an LGBT+ child’s identity can be changed have appeared in court. Byron and Keira…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2020

Two Lesbians of Color Named to White House Communications Staff

Two longtime political activists, both lesbians of color, have been named to White House communications positions by President-elect Joe Biden. Karine Jean-Pierre, who is Black, will be principal deputy press secretary in…

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Queer Ugandans beaten with iron rods, burned with firewood and forced to confess to being gay after ‘bogus’ shelter raid

LGBT+ Ugandans arrested under dubious coronavirus charges have revealed the harrowing levels of abuse they faced while in prison – being beaten with iron rods, burnt with firewood and forced to “confess”…

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NFL vet Ryan K. Russell still wants to play after coming out. He’s more ready than ever.

It was August 29, 2019. There were still 11 Democratic presidential candidates. Alex Trebek had recovered from chemotherapy and announced his return to work filming episodes of Jeopardy. The “bisexual chair,” and…

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Football in hijab: Thai Muslim lesbians tackle stereotypes

PATTANI, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anticha Sangchai did not come out to her family until she was 30 and married with a child. It was her own struggle confronting the conservative…

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SOGIE Equality Bill passes Senate committee; still in limbo due to anti-LGBTQIA senators

The SOGIE Equality Bill – the latest iteration of the proposed anti-discrimination law that will protect the human rights of LGBTQIA Filipinos – was passed at the Senate Committee on Women, Children,…

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Government apologises to transgender people forced to accept sterilisation

The Dutch government has apologised to hundreds of transgender people who were forced to accept being sterilised and to undergo body modification and take hormones if they wanted to change their gender…

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South Australia becomes the last state to scrap ‘gay panic’ murder defence

South Australia has abolished "gay panic" as a defence in crimes of violence with state parliament passing legislation to end the "downright offensive" provisions. It's the last state in Australia to do…

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Gay parents shouldn’t both be on child’s birth certificate, Indiana AG argues

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s attorney general submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that it should reverse a federal appeals court’s ruling that allowed both members of same-sex couples in Indiana…

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