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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: 06/01/2020

Liberal mayor’s entry revs Polish presidential race

Childhood actor. Pro-democracy activist. Avid supporter of the European Union and LGBT rights. Warsaw's liberal mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski, made a late entry into Poland's presidential election and has quickly emerged as the…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2020

Families are major source of abuse for gay women, trans people, report says

Family members are often the main perpetrators of abuse against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people, according to a major global report published on Monday. The study of 24 countries by Britain’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2020

Minneapolis Queer Business Owners Watch Protests And Worry

As the world watches live television coverage of night after night of demonstrations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in dozens of cities across the U.S., so have the owners of the businesses burned…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2020

Pride is a feeling, not a parade

The sight of thousands of topless women marching smack dab down the middle of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan would be a pretty provocative thing for the average person to see. For a…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2020

Brazil’s crisis deepens as Bolsonaro holds on to the military for support

Brazil has kicked political drama to the curb. Between scandals, powerplay episodes, and a slew of surprising statements, the South American country has been a mainstay in news headlines recently. But now,…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2020

Davao City Mayor recruits LGBT+ for COVID food distribution

Faced with corrupt officials giving away emergency rice supplies, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte called on the local LGBT+ community to help. Davao City is on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2020

Teacher reveals high price of coming out as gay in China

When he came out as gay, teacher Cui Le made local news headlines and was subject to censorship and surveillance by his university in southern China. It took years – and a…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

Israel: New government could bring real change for LGBT community

While many were disappointed at the sight of this bloated amalgam called Israel's 35th government, maybe, just maybe it will be the one to actually take steps to improve LGBT rights in…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

Fact check: The LGBTQ community is not adding “P” to their acronym

Social media users have been sharing posts online that falsely imply the LGBTQ community is accepting of “pedosexuals”. There are different versions of the posts, but most refer to the claim that…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

The Coronavirus Thrives on Hate

On May 1, just before social distancing rules were officially relaxed, a man went out to a few gay clubs in Seoul. He was later confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, promptly…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2020

Dozens of LGBTQ Groups Denounce Racist Violence

Following a series of racist incidents and fatal police shootings targeting Black individuals, a coalition of leaders representing at least 75 LGBTQ organizations signed a joint statement denouncing racial violence and encouraging…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2020

Gay people in Myanmar have adopted a secret language

Wednesday has just turned into Thursday in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, and pleasure-seekers are on the prowl in a glitzy neighbourhood. Drivers slow down to inspect sex workers waiting by the kerb.…

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