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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: 02/17/2018

Lesbian Couple Told They Can Now Attend Alabama School Prom Together

A young lesbian couple in Alabama have been told that they will now be allowed to attend school prom together. The women attend Alexandria High School in Calhoun County. On 30 January,…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2018

LGBTQI+ Community Celebrates Election Of Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa’s queer community joined the rest of the globe this week in celebrating the election of new president Cyril Ramaphosa, who has long been a champion of LGBTQ+ rights in the…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

He Was Convicted of a Sex Act That’s No Longer a Crime. Years Later, He’s Deemed a Sex Offender.

Charlton Green was 20 when he was arrested after having oral sex with a 16-year-old male in a Georgia hotel room. He was convicted of a sex crime — not because the…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

What Does South Africa’s New President Cyril Ramaphosa Think About LGBT Rights?

South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken office after the departure of the embattled Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa, who had already been named head of the African National Congress, was sworn in…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

Law That Forces Teachers to Say It’s Wrong to Be Gay Could Finally Be Repealed in Alabama

A law that forces schools in Alabama to teach kids that homosexuality is “not acceptable” could finally be lifted in the state. Alabama is one of seven states with so-called ‘no promo…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

Protest Against AIDS Movie Sparks Fears in Romania

Members of the Romanian LGBTI community expressed renewed concerns over increasing harassment and intimidation after a group of Romanian right-wing activists interrupted the screening of a French AIDS activism film on Sunday…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

Top French Chef Teaches Israeli LGBTI Teens How to Cook

The head chef of the French Presidential Palace, Guillaume Gomez, led a very special cookery class yesterday. Gomez was visiting the French ambassador’s resident in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. He was in…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2018

Inspired by Malala to Do Good

A speech by young Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has inspired YouTubers from Thailand who have promised to do good deeds for Thai society even when their impact may not be huge. Cassady and…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

Japan: NHK Tries to Clear Up LGBT Misconceptions

Last month, publisher Iwanami Shoten was criticized for its definition of “LGBT” in the newest edition of Kojien, which is considered to be the most authoritative dictionary of the Japanese language. The…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government’s Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher

Human rights activists, online campaigners — and many other Jamaicans — were pleased with the government's recent decision to deny entry to American fundamentalist pastor, Steven Anderson. While concerns regarding free speechlinger, it was not…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

Indonesia Classifies Homosexuality as ‘Mental Disorder’

Tolerance seems to be moving backwards in Indonesia as the Health Ministry on Friday said it is about to publish a medical guide where it has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

Equality Charities Celebrate as Jersey Becomes Last Channel Island to Legalize Gay Marriage

Equality charities are celebrating after gay marriage was finally legalized on the Channel Island of Jersey. Politicians voted to pass the new marriage laws on Thursday night by a majority of 42-1. It followed…

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