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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: 12/25/2022

Elon Musk challenged by Tesla investor with trans child: ‘You’re punching down’

In the same month that he tweeted mocking pronouns, and urged people to follow conspiracy theorists QAnon, Musk reportedly told investors he would not “censor” his views on trans people. According to…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2022

19 arrested after police raid same-sex wedding in Nigeria

The Islamic police force, known as Hisbah, recently raided a same-sex wedding in northern Nigeria and arrested 19 people for attending. In the virulently anti-LGBTQ+ country, homosexuality is illegal based on both…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2022

La Tianguis Sexo Disidente: the radical, queer, Mexican flea market

Every day, in the centre of Mexico City, a flea market takes place. At the market, trans girls and queer folx gather under a railway, selling clothing, art, makeup, zines, accessories, sex…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2022

Tunisia: Activists seek to block anti-gay sportscaster from visiting Europe

The LGBTQ rights group ADHEOS is seeking to block a sportscaster and former Tunisian official from traveling in Europe because of his violently homophobic comments on a Qatari sports channel during the…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2022

At Istanbul’s Queer Olympix, the aim is for LGBTQ+ athletes to have fun and feel safe

Every summer since 2017, Istanbul has played host to a sporting event known as the "Queer Olympix." Created by a handful of soccer-loving Turkish queer activists, the annual event — which is…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2022

These two women travelled to every country in the world but kept one thing secret

Travel brought Rachel Davey and Martina Sebova together. Almost 15 years ago, the two women met on a 49-day overland tour of Europe. Rachel, from Victoria, was an on-road chef for a…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2022

28 Republicans Who Call Gay People ‘Groomers’ Just Voted Against a Bill Addressing Child Sex Abuse

For the past year, we’ve been subjected to an endless, escalating right-wing fearmongering campaign presenting LGBTQ adults as innate child sexual predators, or “groomers,” and any children in their vicinity as victims.…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2022

Gender self-determination to be granted in Spain, Scotland

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s lower house of Parliament Thursday passed a law that allows people over 16 years of age to change their legally registered gender without any medical supervision. Under the Spanish…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2022

LGBT campaigners hail new gender recognition law as MSPs vote for change

The Gender Recognition Reform Bill was voted through the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon after lengthy and often heated debate. Holyrood spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday debating amendments to the Bill…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2022

Ukraine passes bill banning LGBTQ+ hate speech in media

Ukrainian lawmakers recently passed a bill that would ban hate speech and incitement based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The media regulation bill was unanimously approved on December 15. “It’s a big…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2022

Senegal: LGBTI activists sue in France to punish anti-gay group JAMRA

JAMRA has initiated numerous marches and demonstrations in Senegal over the past two years to pressure lawmakers to increase the nation’s criminal penalties for homosexual activity. Under current Senegalese law, people convicted of…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2022

A transgender resource centre now favourite stop for scholars, students in Tamil Nadu

The silence in the hall is broken by the ringtone of a mobile phone. The caller, who is a Ph.D. scholar from Coimbatore engaged in research on the transgender community, wanted to…

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