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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: 08/24/2018

Austria Rejects ‘Gay’ Asylum Seeker’s Claim Because He Acted Too ‘girlish’

Austria has rejected the asylum claim of an Iraqi who claimed he could not return home because he is gay, saying he acted too 'girlish' in his assessment interview, reports said Thursday.…

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ADDED ON: 08/24/2018

Artists Repaint Gothenburg Trams for LGBT Rights

Gothenburg Public Transportation company Västtrafik invited artists from Sweden’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities to repaint six trams as part of August’s EuroPride celebration. Prints of the tram photographs will be…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Brazil: LGBTI Leader Killed in Bahia Amid Atmosphere of ‘Impunity’

Marcelo Cerqueira, president of the Gay Group of Bahia, said the murder of Cruz Santana “is the most concrete expression of homophobia." Marcos Cruz Santana, a 40-year-old social activist, and leader of…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Where Does Brett Kavanaugh Stand on LGBTI Rights? It’s a Mystery

Most LGBT people come out. Brett Kavanaugh’s views on LGBT people, by contrast, seem to be staying in the closet. As LGBT advocacy groups rush to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee during the build-up to September’s…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Most Russians Think There’s a Secret LGBTI Group Trying to Undermine Their Society

A new study being pushed by the Kremlin proves that Russians are just as stupid as Americans. 63% of Russians believe “there is a group of people who are trying to destroy the…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Love is Love: LGBTI Community Calls for Acceptance in Legal Battle

# LOVE is LOVE was the overall message conveyed by members of the gay and lesbian community on Tuesday during the legal challenge in which certain members of the Dutch Reformed Church…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Khalid Samad to Sue NGO Head Over Gay Fest Claim

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said today he will sue the chairman of a Muslim group who accused him of approving a purported gay festival here. Khalid dismissed the allegation as baseless,…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

‘We deserve better’ Campaigners Pull Out of Belfast Rally After Request to Reconsider Speakers

A campaign group has pulled out of co-hosting a 'we deserve better' event in Belfast after it was asked to reconsider inviting LGBTI and pro-choice speakers. The campaign, started by Dylan Quinn from…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Malaysia: Two Women Face Caning for Same-Sex Conduct

Malaysian authorities should drop the case against two women for same-sex relations before their scheduled caning on August 28, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. A court convicted the two on August 12…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Kazakh Feminist Activist Fined for Menstruation Campaign

Zhanar Sekerbayeva, co-founder of the feminist group Feminita, was ordered to pay a fine of 30 euros by a court in the Central Asian republic’s largest city of Almaty, an AFP journalist…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Why Asia Needs to do More to Welcome LGBTI Tourists – the Rewards are Far From Just Financial

The 10th annual Gay Games came to a close on August 12 in Paris, France. Next stop: Hong Kong, which, in 2022, will become the first Asian destination to welcome the world’s…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

LGBTs: Not Ogres, a Disease, or Contagious

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa sparked a timely debate on the LGBT issue when he ordered for the portraits of two LGBT activists to be removed from a…

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