• Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 02/19/2019

No human rights violation in West Sumatra’s LGBT ban: Human rights commission

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), says it doesn’t see West Sumatra’s plan to ban LGBT behavior in the province as an infringement on the human rights of the persecuted…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

Gay Pastoral Ministers in the Netherlands Publish Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gay pastoral ministers in the Netherlands have published an open letter to Pope Francis protesting the Vatican’s ban on gay priests and claiming the Gospel’s credibility is imperiled by the Church’s attitude…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

‘We are equal’: Thai party candidate aims to be first transgender Prime Minister

Pauline Ngarmpring wants to become Thailand's first transgender prime minister to bring hope to the marginalised and make political life accessible for future LGBT people. As Pinit Ngarmpring, he was a CEO and…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

Canada makes $30M pledge supporting global LGBT rights

Canada's government has pledged $30 million to improve LGBT lives in developing countries over the next five years. The announcement, made February 7, includes annual payments of $10 million after that. Randy…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

Algerian student murdered, ‘he is gay’ written on wall with his blood

Two assailants executed an Algerian medical student in a shocking homophobic killing on Sunday, in which victim’s blood was smeared on a wall reading “He is Gay.” Assil Belalta was murdered in…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/18/2019

LGBTQ Armenians Face Reign of Terror

On Monday, there was another gay-bashing in Armenia, this time against a member of Right Side NGO, a trans activism organization. Max Yarzhapetyan was walking on the street in Yerevan, the capital…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/18/2019

Chile Supreme Court backs gay couple in marriage case

The Chilean Supreme Court in an unprecedented move on Thursday overturned a lower court decision that declared inadmissible a gay couple’s appeal for a ruling in favor of equal marriage. The couple…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/18/2019

German minister calls for ban on conversion therapy

The German health minister, Jens Spahn, has said that he will seek to ban “conversion therapies” that claim to change sexual orientation. “Homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/18/2019

Federal judge temporarily blocks military from forcing out HIV-positive airmen

A federal judge on Friday blocked the military from forcing out a pair of HIV-positive airmen, saying she had seen no evidence that the disease should prevent them from serving. "These are…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/18/2019

Outing the Irish LGBT past, telling the truth to the present at New York Irish Center

For most of the 20th century, LGBT Irish citizens were forced to live in a kind of exile in their own country, with the laws, the church and public opinion all working…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Hopes High Before Kenya Ruling on Decriminalizing Gay Sex

Members of Kenya’s LGBT community are looking forward to a High Court ruling that might decriminalize gay sex. The impending ruling is raising hopes among LGBT persons across the region. South of…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Gay-friendly cartoons outrage homophobic Indonesians

Indonesia’s Information and Communications Ministry, also known as Kominfo, has demanded that the popular social network Instagram remove gay-friendly cartoons published by a user known only as @Alpantuni. The ministry even suggested…

GO TO FULL STORY