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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: 06/26/2018

British Government to Publish Action Plan to Improve LGBT Lives

The British government will next week publish an action plan on advancing the lives and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK. It comes after the largest…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2018

Russia’s LGBT Community are Worried What Will Happen After the World Cup

LGBT people in Russia are worried that the relaxed policing towards the community will end after the World Cup is over. The head of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation, Aleksandr Agapov said…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2018

‘This Is a very Important Day for Mexico’: Football Fans Mingle with Annual Gay Pride Parade

‘We are very glad to see that these two groups can share the space,’ says woman who went to pride march with her girlfriend in matching green soccer jerseys. Football fans have…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2018

LGBT Pride March Celebrates Diversity in Guatemala

Thousands of people took to the streets here for an LGBT pride march, demanding equality and an end to sexual discrimination and homophobia in the South American nation. Several LGBT rights groups…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2018

Being Lesbian in India

June is the month of Gay Pride parades and celebrations. It’s also the month when two women killed themselves in Gujarat because society wouldn’t let them be together. Sunday Times finds out…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2018

LGBT Activists March in Belgrade Pride Parade Amid High Security Presence

Around 100 activists and their supporters, escorted by police, took to the streets of Belgrade to celebrate gay pride on June 23. According to reports, no major incidents were reported at the…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2018

‘This Is a very Important Day for Mexico’: Football Fans Mingle with Annual Gay Pride Parade

'We are very glad to see that these two groups can share the space,' says woman who went to pride march with her girlfriend in matching green soccer jerseys. Football fans have…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2018

Should LGBTQ Identity be Proud to Be Mainstream?

They’ve got gay marriage, can’t they just get on with it now? This and similar sentiments start to swirl around the edges of a certain kind of conversation as Dublin Pride kicks…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

ISIS Is Beaten. But Iraq Is Still Hell for LGBT+ People.

Family threats, militia murders, persecution, and fear: The first ever study of its kind by advocacy group IraQueer reveals a heart-wrenching portrait of LGBT life in Iraq. Omar is a 28-year-old gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

Mexico Pride March Poses Questions for Leftist Presidency Favorite

Tens of thousands of gay rights supporters marched through Mexico City on Saturday with both hope and some nagging doubts about the prospect of a presidential election victory by leftist front-runner Andres…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

World Cup: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah Accepts Honorary Chechnya Citizenship from ‘Purge the Gays’ Leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Footballer Mohamed Salah is facing anger after he accepted a gift of honorary Chechen citizenship from anti-gay leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Gay people in the region allegedly faced arrest, torture, and execution –…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming

Over the past week, the separation of 2,000 children from their parents along the U.S. border has forced immigration into the national spotlight. The majority of migrants aren’t dangerous criminals. Many are…

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