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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.

Kevin Mwachiro: Author-Podcaster-Journalist, Kenya

Kevin Mwachiro is a man of many talents. He is a published author, podcaster, film festival curator, and former journalist. However, his true passion lies in telling Kenyan stories, specifically queer stories.…

ADDED ON: 03/03/2021

Actor Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell call for Ghana to protect LGBT+ community

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Actor Idris Elba and model Naomi Campbell have joined 65 other British celebrities, designers and politicians in calling for Ghana’s president to engage with the country’s LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2021

Homosexuality can still be called a mental disorder in China, court rules

A court in China‘s eastern Jiangsu province has ruled in favour of a publisher that described homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in a university textbook. The Suyu District Intermediate Court in the…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2021

Polish court acquits LGBT activists in rainbow Virgin Mary case

A Polish court on Tuesday acquitted three activists who were accused of desecration and offending religious sentiment for altering, producing and distributing images of a revered Roman Catholic icon that included the…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2021

UK’s first LGBT+ retirement community given green light to open in 2021

Tonic Housing has been awarded a £5.7m loan from the mayor of London to purchase 19 properties in Vauxhall, Lambeth. This will become the UK‘s first provider of queer-affirming housing for older…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2021

IN A FIRST, SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGES LGBT RIGHTS

In probably a first for a South Asian head of state, Sri Lankan President in a post on Twitter acknowledged the rights of LGBTQI Sri Lankans. Human rights activists said the President’s…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2021

United Methodist conservatives detail breakaway plans over gay inclusion

Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans Monday to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognize same-sex marriage. The move could hasten…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2021

Nigerian church to anti-gay Americans: You’re not anti-gay enough

Henry C. Ndukuba, archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, has declared there’s “no such thing as a ‘gay Christian’ “. In a statement, Ndukuba criticized the Anglican Church in North America…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2021

Crowd in Mexico stops gay couple from being arrested as they chant ‘I’m gay too’ at cops

A gay couple were handcuffed by armed police “for kissing” on a beach in Mexico. A series of videos of the incident, posted to Facebook, appear to show police ushering the couple…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2021

In Colombian port town, LGBTQ community faces increasing threats

A main Afro-Colombian port city on Colombia’s western coast, Buenaventura has long been considered one of the most violent places in the country. It was here the “casas de pique” (Spanish for…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2021

Homosexuality can be called a mental disorder, Chinese court rules; LGBT community disappointed

A Chinese court has upheld a ruling that a textbook description of homosexuality as “a psychological disorder” was not a factual error but merely an “academic view”. The Chinese LGBT community, and…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2021

LGBTQI office in Ghana: President Nana Akufo-Addo say he no go legalize same-sex marriage

"For same-sex marriage to dey legal for Ghana, e no go happun for my time as president" Akufo-Addo tok dis during di installation of di Second Archbishop of di Anglican Church of…

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