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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: 05/24/2019

Court rejects lawsuit from Indonesian cop who was discharged for being gay

A former Indonesian cop has vowed to fight for justice after he was dismissed from the police force for being gay, but he’s already hit a legal roadblock after a court threw…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Taiwan man behind Asia’s first gay marriage law urges others to fight

A leading Taiwanese gay activist on Thursday called on the LGBT+ community in other parts of Asia to take their battles to court after his successful legal fight paved the way for…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Tunisian court victory boosts push to end gay sex ban

After winning a four-year battle against government efforts to shut it down, Tunisia's leading LGBT+ rights group said it will push for gay sex to be decriminalised amid rising convictions for same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Asia’s Newest Nation of Timor-Leste Is Fighting for LGBTQ Rights

On a sunny morning last July, thousands of Timor-Leste residents took to the streets of Dili. Clad in white shirts, gripping rainbow-striped banners and flags, they were there to celebrate the city’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Freedom comes at the cost of love

Close on five years into his forced conscription into the Syrian army, bombs smashed into the military base in the city of Deir ez-Zor, where Fadi Salim* was stationed. Injured in the…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

For China’s LGBTQ people, Taiwan’s rainbow victory is a moment of joy and pain

When Chinese gay rights activist Peng Yanhui heard that Taiwan had approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on May 17 as he boarded a flight, he burst into tears of joy. "I…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Russian Support for LGBT Rights Hits 14-Year High, Poll Says

Nearly half of Russians support equal rights for members of the LGBT community, marking the highest level of support in 14 years, according to the independent Levada Center pollster. Since Russia banned…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

LGBT group in the Philippines slams Congress’ online poll

A coalition of LGBTI rights groups in the Philippines has slammed an online same-sex unions poll by the country’s Congress. It was ‘misleading and irresponsible to ask for public opinion on a…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Brazil’s top court set to rule on outlawing homophobia

Homophobia and transphobia could become crimes in Brazil if its highest court rules in favor of reform on Thursday, amid fears that its right-wing president could roll back other LGBT+ gains. Four…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Anti-LGBTI violence still acceptable in many countries, new study shows

Homophobic violence is still widely endorsed in several countries, new research highlights. The study on the Journal of Interpersonal Violence by the Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) at the University of Central…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2019

Kenya’s High Court to Rule Friday on Legality of Gay Sex

This Friday, Kenya's High Court is set to rule on a case challenging colonial-era laws that criminalize homosexuality. The petitioners want the court to declare those laws unconstitutional in hopes that will…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2019

Hong Kong transport authorities approve LGBT ad after backlash over ban

A Cathay Pacific advertisement featuring two men holding hands can now be displayed across Hong Kong’s transport network, after its reported ban sparked a public outcry. The South China Morning Post reported…

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