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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: 01/31/2018

Welsh Assembly Named Britain’s Best Employer for LGBTI

The national assembly for Wales has been named Britain’s best employer for LGBTI staff in Stonewall’s annual list of top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers. The list drawn up by Britain’s leading charity for LGBTI equality…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Myanmar LGBTI Festival Goes Public for First Time

Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens pounded across the finish line and crashed into a waiting coterie of photographers…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Indonesian’s LGBT Community Under Threat as Government Sets Sights on Making Gay Sex Illegal

It's shaping as a bleak 2018 for Indonesia's gay and transgender people. In the conservative province of Aceh, police have raided hair salons and publicly shamed a group of transgender hairdressers, while…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

The Second Coming Out

For Fatima Rizvi, based in Mumbai, the memories of the day her daughter came out to her about her sexuality are still fresh. "It was exactly a year ago," she recalls. "We…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Jamaica Bans Anti-Gay Arizona Pastor From Visiting Country

Steven Anderson, pastor from the Faithful World Baptist Church who says gay people should be stoned to death, denied entry. Jamaica has banned a Holocaust-denying pastor from Arizona who has called for gay people…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2018

‘I Didn’t Know That World existed’: How Lesbian Women Found a Life in the Armed Forces

Jennifer, who signed up to the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) in 1979, told me that, until she joined the Army, she "had no awareness of gay people". "I had no…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2018

Tens of Thousands to March Through St Kilda for Midsumma Pride

A crowd of more than 45,000 are marching through the heart of St Kilda in one of the largest Midsumma Pride marches in its 23 year history.Thousands of LGBTQIA Victorians and supporters…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2018

Russia Accidentally Recognizes Gay Marriage for First Time, Couple Says

Russia has accidentally recognized gay marriage for the first time after a newlywed couple found a legal loophole in Moscow and exploited it. Yevgeny Voytsekhovsky and Pavel Stotzko, married each other in Copenhagen,…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2018

LGBTI Workers in the U.S. Lead Global LGBTI Community in Retirement Readiness

A new study released today finds that LGBTI workers in the U.S. are outperforming LGBT workers in eight other countries with regard to retirement readiness. This first-of-its-kind study, LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2018

For LGBT Rights, 2018 Will Be the Year of the Courts

After everything that LGBTI people experienced in 2017 — from roundups and torture in Chechnya to antigay witch hunts in Egypt and Indonesia, closure of queer-friendly health facilities in Tanzania, and a…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

LGBTI in Latin America

"Blood was squirting out of my chest," says Brithany Cervantes as she recalls being stabbed multiple times with a broken bottle for no other reason, she says, than being a transgender woman.…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

Study: Acceptance of LGBT People Sees ‘Significant Declines’ in U.S.

In the past year, acceptance of LGBT people in the United States has declined. So says GLAAD's 2018 Accelerating Acceptance report, the findings of which were announced Thursday at the World Economic…

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