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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: 01/28/2018

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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UHAI EASHRI (East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative)

UHAI and its partners are working to create a world where LGBTI individuals and sex workers are recognized and embraced as full citizens, with the right to live free of fear, stigma, and persecution.

ADDED ON: 01/23/2018

‘We’re stepping out of a binary’ – Celebrating the Art of Marginalized LGBTI Muslims

In the aftermath of the Orlando terror attack – the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in American history – queer Muslims felt the chill when it was announced the killer was Omar Mateen, a…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2018

Even More LGBTI Athletes Added to Olympics in South Korea

The U.S. Olympic team competing in South Korea this year will have more out LGBTI athletes than have ever represented the nation at a Winter Olympics, and that contingent now potentially includes…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2018

What Does Grindr’s Acquisition by a Chinese Company Mean for Users?

At the beginning of 2018, Grindr officially became a Chinese-owned app. The popular gay dating service, which boasts 3.3 million daily users, has been a mainstay on the romance scene for the…

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Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied by investigating and exposing abuses, educating and mobilizing the public, and helping transform societies to create a safer, more just world. www.amnestyusa.org

Indonesia’s Waria Heroine

Ibu Shinta, as she is known – Ibu is the Indonesian equivalent of ma'am, or lady – runs Al Fatah, an Islamic boarding school for Indonesian transgender women known as waria. At…