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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: 05/18/2018

Inside the Fight Against America’s Wave of Anti-LGBT Adoption Bills

On May 11, Oklahoma became the eighth state to allow state-licensed child welfare agencies to cite religious beliefs in order to discriminate against LGBTpeople looking to foster or adopt children. The Sooner…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Everyone is Welcome: The Only Gay Hangout in the Arab World

From giving refuge to offering makeup sessions, Helem is an umbrella for some of Lebanon’s most marginalised people. Tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood of Beirut, Helem, the first community centre for LGBTQI+…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

New Colombia Truth Commission to Focus on Society’s ‘Most Fragile’

The head of a new commission formed to expose the truth behind human rights abuses committed during Colombia's long civil war has said it will focus on society's "most fragile" and look…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Pride Fort Lauderdale to Host Pride of the Americas in 2020

Fort Lauderdale will be the inaugural location of Pride of the Americas in April 2020, an international LGBT festival that is expected to draw people from several continents, including South America and…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

‘Full Equality’: How Netherlands is Pointing the Way for Australia on LGBTI Rights

Australian LGBTI organisations have been urged by veterans of the successful Dutch campaign for marriage equality to focus their efforts on achieving social acceptance through better gender and sexuality education. Campaigners from…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

Violent Far-Right Nationalists Attack LGBT Event in Kyiv, Police Fail to Intervene

Far-right nationalists have attacked an LGBT event in Kyiv, Ukraine. The meeting in the Ukrainian capital had been organised by human rights campaigners from Amnesty International, in order to bring together LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

What is Happening for IDAHOTB Around the World in 2018?

IDAHOTB, or International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, is one of the biggest day for LGBTI rights in the world. Across the globe, people will be coming together to commemorate, campaign…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

Canada: Middle Arm Parents Pull Students From LGBTI Rights Presentation

A member of the organization which was giving a presentation at a school on the Baie Verte Peninsula on LGBTQ issues says things are improving but she was disappointed to see only…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

Anti-LGBT Leader Appointed to Religious Freedom Panel

A new member has been named to an international religious freedom panel whose advocacy for the issue has focused on enabling anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of “religious freedom.” Tony Perkins, president…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2018

Activists Pushing Ahead to Raise Awareness of Gay Culture in Bolivia

“Dark-skinned, poor and queer” is how Edgar Solis – a member of the Maricas Bolivia (Bolivia Queers) movement – defines himself, a lawbreaker at times but a tenacious defender of free love…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2018

Cubans Show LGBTQ Pride with Flags and Dancing in Havana Parade

Salsa music blasted through the streets of Havana's Vedado neighborhood on Saturday as hundreds of people danced and waved rainbow flags during a march to mark the 11th annual Cuban Campaign against…

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