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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: 12/19/2022

Maria B announces Khunsa Fund for intersex community

A few days after receiving criticism for her opinion on the film Joyland, renowned designer Maria B established the Khunsa Fund for the empowerment of the intersex population. Julie Khan is the…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2022

Inclusive Healthcare! In A First, Cloud Clinics Launched For LGBTQIA+ Community In Bengaluru

Borderless.lgbt, the world's first health and wellness cloud platform devoted to LGBT healthcare, has launched a cloud clinic in Bengaluru, where global experts will work alongside doctors from local community clinics to…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2022

Qatar’s Secret Gay Conversion Center Minutes From World Cup Final Stadium

One of Qatar's secret alleged conversion therapy centers for members of the LGBTQ community is only minutes from where the FIFA World Cup final will be played. Funded by the Qatari government,…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2022

Forgotten victims of Indonesia’s new sex outside marriage ban

Sweeping changes to Indonesia’s laws, which will make sex between unmarried partners illegal, has made headlines around the world. Much of the global bewilderment has been on how that might affect couples…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2022

Veto of Discriminatory Poland Sex Ed Bill Shows Power of Protest

In the last weeks, Polish students and activists regularly gathered in front of Warsaw’s Presidential Palace and across the country to demand respect for their rights. They called on President Andrzej Duda…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2022

Local Canberra history tour uncovering the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community in the nation’s capital

Once the location of Canberra's first publicly-organised LGBTQIA+ event in the ACT, today Glebe Park, located in the heart of the city, acts as a meeting place for Lucy Dingwall and Sita…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2022

In 2023: National LGBTQ Task Force celebrates 50 years

The National LGBTQ Task Force – the country’s oldest LGBTQ advocacy group – celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023, honoring 50 years of advancing freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people. This…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2022

Ukrainian lawmakers pass LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill

Lawmakers in Ukraine on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that will ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “It’s a big step for Ukraine, to start adoption of our legislation…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2022

Court upholds Connecticut’s transgender athlete policy

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a challenge to Connecticut’s policy of allowing transgender girls to compete in girls high school sports, rejecting arguments by four cisgender runners who said they…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2022

UN human rights expert backs Scottish government’s vital gender law reforms

One of the UN’s leading voices on gender identity and LGBTQ+ rights has endorsed Scotland’s Gender Recognition Act reforms, which will be voted on next week. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, a UN Independent Expert…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2022

A new report proves that online anti-LGBTQ2S+ hate turns into real-life violence

Coordinated online hate targeting doctors and hospitals providing gender-affirming care to youth leads to real-life violence, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). On Tuesday, the Human Rights…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2022

Polish president says he will not sign proposed education bill

WARSAW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday he would for a second time refuse to sign into law proposed reforms to education which critics say would limit…

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