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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: 08/04/2018

A ‘Rainbow Wave’? 2018 Has More L.G.B.T. Candidates Than Ever

A record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender candidates are running for office in November, as the Trump administration and state-level politicians have moved to roll back some legal protections. Sharice…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2018

Russia LGBT Activists Detained During St Petersburg Rally

Russian police have detained at least 25 LGBT rights activists during a protest in St Petersburg to promote the rights of sexual minorities. About 60 activists gathered at the main square in…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2018

LGBT Activists Reportedly Attacked In Southern Armenia

A group of several dozen people attacked nine gay-rights activists in Armenia's Syunik region, the Pink Armenia activist organization has reported. The attack is said to have occurred on the evening of…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

The Crowd-sourced List of Campus Groups That Help Women, LGBT and Dalit Communities

Leaving the comfort of your school and home and stepping into college can be an overwhelming experience. Especially if you belong to a minority community that can be discriminated against. To make…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

Best Pictures from Jerusalem Pride That Show Israeli LGBT Community Is Here to Stay

Israelis gathered in Jerusalem to take part in the city’s annual Pride parade on Thursday. According to several news reports, 20,000 people swept the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday for its annual…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

LDP ‘instructs’ Sugita to Educate Herself after Anti-gay Article

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party finally took action after two weeks of failing to condemn lawmaker Mio Sugita’s homophobic views in a magazine article she wrote that sparked harsh online criticism and…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

Opinion | Why the Battle to Love Won’t End with Section 377

Meditation helps eradicate homosexuality.” “Trust me this is perfectly curable, let’s start you off on some Clonazepam now!” “Homosexuality cannot be legal. It is against our religion and culture.” “There’s a gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Half of LGBTI Millennial Adults Haven’t Come Out

Half of LGBTI millennial adults haven’t come out yet, according to new research. The Australian survey, conducted by ABC, has been released just weeks after another study showed that nearly half of…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill to Add LGBTI Questions to Census

As the typically dry process of setting questions for the Census moves further into the political arena, Sen. Kamala Harris is pushing to make sure everyone is counted — by adding a…

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‘Evening Shadows’ Give Way to Light

As the Indian Supreme Court considers overturning Section 377 of the penal code — effectively decriminalizing homosexual conduct for an estimated 20% of all LGBTI people on the planet — a victory…

ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

60 Orthodox Rabbis Voice Support for LGBT Community in Israel

Sixty Orthodox rabbis voiced their support for the LGBT community in a letter as Israel’s Gay Pride parade set to occur on August 2. The letter condemns the insults hurled at the…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2018

Bollywood Stars Pledge Support for Repealing India’s Anti-Gay Law

As India’s apex court prepares to a rule on the constitutionality of the country’s anti-gay law, Bollywood stars are coming out in support of repeal and more LGBT equality in the country.…

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