• 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: 06/21/2019

Gay man poised to win seat in Guatemala congress

An openly gay man is poised to win a seat in Guatemala’s congress. Local media reports say the preliminary results of Sunday’s national elections indicate Aldo Dávila of the Winaq Movement, a…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

Transgender migrants find safe haven in Juarez

A rainbow flag sways in the wind outside a pink two-story house in an out-of-the-way Juarez neighborhood. Inside, 38 men and boys tell jokes, try on new skirts or dresses and help…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

LGBT-community attacked in Kyiv

On June 16-23 a week in support of LGBT-community is held in Kyiv. On June 19, a group of perpetrators committed an attack at the participants of Kyiv rally, as the organizational…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

LGBT rights across the world: Progress achieved in 50 years

Fifty years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which sparked an LGBT liberation movement in the U.S. and elsewhere, 36% of countries are yet to decriminalise homosexuality. In other…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

Sinaloa Congress says no to same-sex marriage by 20-18

Sinaloa lawmakers voted Tuesday against a measure that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state with 20 votes against and 18 in favor. Most of the yes votes came from the…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

Liberal Democratic Party and tradition may stymie push for same-sex marriage in Japan

As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. While surveys show…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

LGBT Refugees Allege Harassment in Kenya, a Rare Safe Haven

Burundi national Nina Muregwa says she feels threatened again. After escaping death threats back home over her sexual identity the 17-year-old thought she had found a sanctuary in Kenya. Recent incidents, however,…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

Jean Wyllys Travels Abroad and Says ‘Stupidity Virus’ Strikes Part of Brazil

Nearly a month after resigning from his political office and leaving the country under threat, former federal deputy Jean Wyllys is touring Europe giving talks on the political situation at home. He…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad: Gays shouldn’t get married because they can’t have kids

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that same-sex marriage is “regressive.” In an appearance at the Cambridge Union in the UK on Sunday (June 17), the 93-year-old leader railed against same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

St. Lucia plans its first Pride celebration

The Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia is gearing up for its first Pride celebration, although it still clings to anti-gay laws. On paper, St. Lucia’s laws provide for up to 10…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

Mumbai LGBT film festival celebrates pride

A gay-and-lesbian themed film festival in Mumbai, said to be the biggest of its kind in India, concluded on Sunday (June 16), manifesting celebrations of colours, art, and artists. The 10th edition…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

What it’s like to be gay and Qatari

Homosexuality is so taboo in Qatar that it doesn’t feature in public discourse, yet practically it very much exists. Being gay is frowned upon here, and a lot of people have this…

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