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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: 06/21/2021

V.A. Plans to Offer Gender-Affirming Surgeries for Transgender Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to offer gender confirmation surgery to transgender veterans, Denis McDonough, the secretary of veterans affairs, announced over the weekend at a Pride event in Orlando, Fla.,…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2021

Rizal birthday becomes celebration of LGBTQ freedoms in Baguio

The pedestrian lane in front of Baguio’s Rizal Park was repainted last week with all the colors of the rainbow, in time for the celebration of a different kind of freedom on…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2021

Intersex youth’s search for acceptance continues

The son of a poor shoemaker in Lahore, 22-year-old Muhammad Waqas continues to fight the stigma surrounding his intersex condition. The youth was reportedly born with diphallia, a rare genetic condition. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2021

Turkey’s ruling coalition demonises LGBT communities to keep support, weaken opposition

Turkey’s ruling government is agitating against the country’s LGBT community in a bid to rebuild polarise society further for political gain, researcher Tunay Altay wrote in Bianet on Saturday. Altay uses the…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2021

Warsaw Gay Pride Parade Back After Backlash, Pandemic

The largest gay pride parade in central Europe took place again in Warsaw on Saturday for the first time in two years after a pandemic-induced break — and amid a backlash in…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2021

Euro 2020: Proposal to illuminate Munich arena in LGBT+ colors for visit of Hungary

Ahead of Germany's third Euro 2020 group game against Hungary in Munich on Wednesday, city councilors in the Bavarian capital have put forward a motion to have the arena illuminated in rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2021

KGH doctor ‘gives away’ baby with intersex traits to transgender group

A doctor in King George Hospital here has allegedly given away a newborn baby with intersex traits to a group of transgender people. The incident reportedly happened sometime in the third week…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2021

Council of Europe Adopts Resolutions Protecting LGBTI People

The Congress of the Council of Europe adopted two resolutions protecting the LGBTI community from discrimination and hatred at its 40th Session on Wednesday. The resolutions followed two independent reports–a report that…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2021

Case of murdered Honduran trans woman could set legal precedent in region

An international court is examining whether the Honduran government was complicit in the killing of Vicky Hernández, a 26-year-old trans woman fatally shot on the night of the country's 2009 coup d'état.…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2021

Two Trans Women Elected to Congress for First Time in Mexico’s History

For the first time in the country’s history, two trans women have been elected to Congress in Mexico. Maria Clemente Garcia and Salma Luevano are members of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2021

Pride Exhibit Debuts on White House Ground Floor

The White House partnered with the Smithsonian Institution for an exhibit that displays information on LGBTQ+ history and features photos, documents, and memorabilia. The exhibit is on the Ground Floor Corridor of…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2021

The Unorthodox Priest Leading Poland’s Fight for LGBTQ Rights

This year, like every year for the past 20, Szymon Niemiec will wear a rainbow-colored stole at the Equality Parade in the Polish capital of Warsaw on June 19. “I won’t have…

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