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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: 10/26/2022

Where does Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stand on LGBTQ issues?

Conservative party leader and former treasury minister Rishi Sunak has become Britain’s first prime minister (PM) of color, following the 49-day tenure of former PM Liz Truss. Conservatives have helped secure vital…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2022

Gender: X – Proud owner of Chile’s first non-binary ID card

Shane Cienfuegos, the first non-binary person to receive a gender-neutral identity document in Chile, says they feel a "great weight" of responsibility despite their victory over centuries of discrimination. "It is difficult…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2022

Qatar’s emir lashes out at criticism ahead of FIFA World Cup

Qatar's ruling emir on Tuesday lashed out at criticism of his country over its hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, describing it as an “unprecedented campaign” targeting the first Arab nation…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2022

Judge Dismisses Second Challenge to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law

A federal judge has dismissed a second lawsuit challenging Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” law, also dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law for its restrictions on speech related to LGBTQ issues. U.S.…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

LGBT football fans fight for safe space in Brazil stadiums

Wearing a rainbow T-shirt and earrings, Ona Ruda struts confidently through the Arena Fonte Nova football stadium, home to his beloved Bahia team and one of Brazil's LGBT fan bases. However, his…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

Pakistan’s Transgender Act & its opponents

Eunuchs, or “Khawaja Sira” as they were known, were the most dependable royal aides during the Mughal Empire. They commanded a great deal of respect and had even amassed considerable money in…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

Amman coffee shop becomes safe space for LGBTQ Jordanians

Madian Aljazerah, a gay man who opened Books@Cafe, a coffee shop in the Jordanian capital of Amman that has become a safe space for the country’s LGBTQ and intersex community, recently spoke…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

Qatar: Security Forces Arrest, Abuse LGBT People

Qatar Preventive Security Department forces have arbitrarily arrested lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and subjected them to ill-treatment in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. LGBT people interviewed said that…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2022

Nearly half of LGBTQ teens in Japan thought about suicide in past year: survey

TOKYO -- Many sexual minorities in Japan are experiencing mental suffering, with nearly half of LGBTQ children and young people having thought about suicide in the past year, a recent survey has…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2022

Dance show in Mexico highlights sexual diversity

Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 22 (EFE).- LGBTQ dance company Mexico de Colores presented a show in the Mexican city of Guadalajara on Saturday to highlight discrimination, transphobia and pride in sexual identity. A total…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2022

COUNCILLOR EQUATES LGBT PRIDE FLAG TO NAZI FLAG

The discussion to fly the LGBTQI rainbow Pride flag over a Victorian regional shire headquarters turned ugly recently when a  councillor compared it to a Nazi symbol. The Gannawarra Shire Council up…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2022

Same-sex couples put stress on inclusivity at Hong Kong’s Pink Dot festival

While every parent wonders how they will respond when their child gets old enough to ask: “Where did I come from”, Hong Kong resident Neil Lewis says he needed to put in…

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