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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: 10/16/2019

Federal judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections

A federal judge on Tuesday overturned ObamaCare protections for transgender patients, ruling that a 2016 policy violates the religious freedom of Christian providers. Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2019

India’s HIV-positive trans people find ‘new strength’ in technology

Shoved, cursed and ridiculed, Nisha’s hospital visits were always stressful as a transgender woman and got worse after she was diagnosed as HIV-positive. But a new app introduced as part of a…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2019

Blade’s 50-year history reflects struggles, advances of LGBT community

In its 50-year history, the Washington Blade has covered news for the LGBT community that has reflected dramatic advances as well as struggles ranging from workplace discrimination and attempts at blackmail to…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2019

Ugandan MPs press for death penalty for homosexual acts

MPs in Uganda are to push for new laws to make homosexual acts punishable by death. James Nsaba Buturo, an MP, said parliamentarians wanted to retable a bill ruled unconstitutional by a…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2019

LGBT Issues Get a Push From India Firms a Year After Key Ruling

In the year since India’s Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that decriminalized homosexuality, Deutsche Bank vice-president Ketty Avashia has noticed a small yet important shift toward greater equality in the workplace:…

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Celebrating Native American (and more) LGBT sports history on Indigenous People’s Day

Sharice Davids, a Native American and out lesbian who was a mixed martial arts fighter, was elected to Congress from Kansas last year. Sharice Davids, a Native American and openly lesbian who…

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Scotland pardons gay men convicted under homophobic laws

Gay and bisexual men in Scotland prosecuted for consensual same-sex activity will receive an automatic pardon under a law which came into effect on Tuesday aiming to correct a “historic wrong”. The…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2019

Election results give hope to opposition in Poland and Hungary

A narrower-than-expected win for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and a serious setback for Hungary’s governing Fidesz show eastern Europe’s illiberal nationalist parties are not entirely invincible, analysts and commentators…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2019

Uganda: Brutal Killing of Gay Activist

Ugandan authorities should thoroughly investigate the fatal attack on October 4, 2019 on an activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. The…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2019

TRUMP SPEAKS AT ANTI-LGBT GROUP’S EVENT: LIBERALS ARE TRYING TO SILENCE AND PUNISH CHRISTIANS

President Donald Trump has claimed liberals are attempting to "silence and punish" Christians, and pledged never to allow the federal government to harass communities of faith. Speaking at the annual Value Voters…

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Transman anchors Malayalam news show

For someone who aspired to be a journalist, Hrithik M (27), was living the dream. When Jeevan TV telecast its weekly roundup, ‘Azhchavattom’ with Hrithik as news anchor on Sunday, the doors…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2019

Trans community’s ability to vote threatened by Boris Johnson’s voter ID plans

The UK prime minister Boris Johnson will tomorrow (October 14) unveil voter ID proposals to make showing photo ID compulsory in order to vote. The controversial voter ID plans, part of a…

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