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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: 07/22/2019

Two women who fought against LGBT laws in India just came out as a couple

Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju successfully challenged Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which punishes LGBTQ+ relations. The Supreme Court lawyers opposed the draconian laws which were introduced during the British…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2019

CONVERSION THERAPY BECOMES KEY TO ELECTIONS

When Bayit Yehudi leader Rafi Peretz apologized for speaking in favor of conversion therapy for the LGBT community, he might have thought he had put the issue to rest. But it is…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2019

Head of Islamic school for transwomen wins rights award

The leader of the al-Fatah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) for transwomen, 57-year-old Shinta Ratri, has received the Front Line Defenders Award in honor of her work as a human rights activist. Front…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2019

Youth Fleeing Persecution Lacks Access to Social Protection in Liberia

Mohammed Kamara, on a break from one of his classes, walked into the seaside apartment of his friend in a clustered community of corrugated roofs for a nap. Then 17, Kamara, not…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2019

Native lesbian couple overjoyed about Oglala Sioux Tribe same-sex marriage ruling

The Oglala Sioux Tribe says they're making history by becoming the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2019

Bisexual Man Tortured After Finding Evidence of Anti-Gay Purge

A bisexual Russian man who has since fled to a safe country was subjected to torture because he attempted to find evidence of the anti-LGBTQ purge happening in Chechnya, according to Gay…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2019

Couple celebrate first same-sex wedding in conservative Ecuador

Alexandra Chavez and Michelle Aviles have made history in conservative Ecuador by becoming the first couple to take advantage of a new law allowing same-sex marriage. Chavez, 41, and Aviles, 23, were…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2019

Polish Pride parade met with right-wing counter protests

A Pride parade in the Polish city of Bialystok was met with counter protests by far-right groups. This was the first ever Pride event to take place in the north-eastern city on…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2019

Outfest’s ‘Unsettled’ charts difficult journey of LGBT refugees

During the course of a 20-year career, the documentaries of Colorado-based filmmaker Tom Shepard have been screened at more than 150 film festivals throughout the world, with four of his feature projects—“Scout’s…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2019

Gay man challenges Dominica’s anti-LGBT laws

A newly filed lawsuit seeks to overturn Dominica’s anti-gay law, building on the global push for decriminalisation of LGBT people. If successful, the suit will eliminate one of the last remaining anti-sodomy…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2019

Parents vow to pull 20 kids out of Parkfield School over LGBT equality teaching

Frustrated parents are seeking alternative school places for kids after Parkfield School announced it was resuming No Outsiders programme. The parents of around 20 pupils have told Parkfield School they intend to…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2019

India introduces new trans rights bill in parliament after backlash

India’s government on Friday presented a revised version of its transgender rights bill to parliament after criticism from the country’s vibrant transgender community, who said sections of an earlier version would violate…

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