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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: 11/27/2021

UNM Sociology Professor Takes Part In White House Intersex Awareness Event

Associate Professor Georgiann Davis from the Department of Sociology at The University of New Mexico was an invited speaker at a recent virtual roundtable event with the White House to commemorate Intersex…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

Jamaican health minister calls for an end to anti-LGBT discrimination

Jamaica’s minister of health and wellness told a recent public forum organized by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper that LGBT Jamaicans should not face discrimination in accessing mental health services. The newspaper reported.…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

‘Unfit for military service’: How Azerbaijan stigmatizes LGBTQ+ military personnel

Three years ago, Alp Aliyev, received a notification from the State Service for Mobilization and Conscription that he was required to enlist the army. Alp did not think he would fit into…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

Slovak gay sportspeople live among us (but they hide their sexuality)

The Lotus Flowers came up with the idea of establishing the very first LGBTI sports club in Slovakia 10 years ago, and they have been around ever since. “We wanted to create…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2021

Google literally erases bisexuals and pansexuals in woeful LGBT+ glossary

In a new LGBT+ glossary, aiming to educate the public and media on LGBT+ language and community, Google has literally erased bisexuality. Last week, the Google News Initiative announced the project in…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2021

Australia: LGBTQ advocates blast religious discrimination bill

Australia has introduced a new controversial bill aimed at protecting religious people from "cancel culture". Among other things, it would allow Catholic schools the right to fire teachers or expel gay students…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2021

Russia investigates complaint against Netflix over LGBT content

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Russia is investigating a complaint against Netflix (NFLX.O) after the public commissioner for protecting families accused the streaming company of violating Russian law on "gay propaganda", the…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

Qtalk has advice for gay man who is attracted to a straight friend

LGBTQ+ Nigerians benefit from the support provided by volunteer counsellors via the Qtalk app, which is supported by this site and by the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation. Anderson, a 20-year old…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

France backs Poland over Belarus but warns EU row not over

PARIS/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) - France assured Poland on Wednesday of European Union support in its stand-off with Belarus, but reminded Warsaw it needed to resolve a row with the bloc over…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

Gay Australian Footballer ‘Scared’ to Play at World Cup in Qatar

Australian footballer Josh Cavallo, who came out as gay last month, has revealed he would be scared to play at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar because of the country’s criminalization of homosexuality. The 21-year-old,…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

South Africa: Broken Promises to Aid Gender-Based Violence Survivors

(Johannesburg) The South African government has taken important steps but did not provide adequate funding for shelters and other services for gender-based violence survivors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many survivors have been made…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

Kenya: Gay rights will destroy family values, Supreme Court told

The Supreme Court on Tuesday was asked to reject registration of an organisation for gay rights on grounds it would erode family values and harm society. The Non-Governmental Organisations Coordination Board told…

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