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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: 07/18/2019

Bullied by peers, India’s LGBT+ children drop out of schools

The school bullies started by teasing six-year-old Shemba for walking in a feminine way, and graduated to stone-throwing when the transgender girl - initially raised as a boy - started wearing girls'…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2019

In Burkina Faso, being transgender means living in the shadows

Amidst roars of laughter, Naomi takes out her phone and shows us photos of herself, having fun with a friend, posing for the camera, both in high heels and sequined dresses. Naomi…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Transgender murders in Honduras stoking fear of backlash against LGBT rights

The murder of three transgender women in Honduras this month has raised fears that a push for LGBT rights in the country has prompted a backlash. Bessy Ferrera, a 40-year-old LGBT rights…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Egyptian Authorities Free Trans Woman and LGBT+ Activist After 4 Months in Prison

After four months in solitary confinement in a male prison, Malak al-Kashif, a transgender woman who was arrested for being a part of a “terrorist group”, was released yesterday as per the…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

With Number 96, Australia brought queer people to TV decades before anyone else

Once upon a time Australian TV led the world in shattering LGBT taboos – with the world’s first regular gay character in 1972, followed by a trans character and gay kiss. During…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Europe’s rights court rules against Russia in LGBT case

Europe's rights court on Tuesday ruled against Russia over its refusal to register three associations, saying it was "unacceptable" to do so simply because they were defending LGBT rights. But one individual…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

Star India Extends Mediclaim To Partners Of Its LGBT Employees

In a major gender inclusion step, broadcasting major Star India has extended the group health insurance cover to the partners of its employees from the LGBT community. The media group in a…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

LGBT asylum-seekers exempt from ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and can stay in US

Asylum-seekers who arrive at the southern border and claim to be LGBT are exempt from the U.S.-Mexico “Remain in Mexico” policy and will not be returned to Mexico to await decisions by…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in Ecuador, but Will All Ecuadorians Accept It?

Ecuador’s highest court ruled last month that the country’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The 5-4 verdict was a victory for LGBT activists in the heavily Catholic country, but it is…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

Madrid LGBT activists: “We teach the workshops that Vox wants to ban”

“Ms Monasterio, we teach the workshops that you want to ban.” Miguel, María and Sergio are LGBT activists who do volunteer work for Cogam, a Madrid association, and for the Triángulo Foundation.…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2019

Alan Turing to be face of new £50 note in first for LGBT community

Alan Turing, the mathematician who helped invent modern computing and break the Enigma code, will be the face of the new £50 note, the Bank of England announced today. Turing, who is…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2019

India’s first LGBTI job fair draws a crowd in Bangalore

India's first ever LGBTI job fair attracted a sellout crowd Friday as some of the biggest names in business lined up to interview hundreds of candidates in the tech city of Bangalore.…

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