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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: 02/06/2018

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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ADDED ON: 02/03/2018

White Supremacists on College Campuses: The ADL Says Hateful Rhetoric is Surging

According to the Anti Defamation League, white supremacist propaganda is showing up more often on college campuses, including in Ohio. The ADL released a report this week showing a surge in campus propaganda last semester. A…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2018

Vatican Nixes Former Irish President, LGBT Advocate from Women’s Day event

A group that advocates for greater leadership roles for women in the Catholic Church says the Vatican is refusing to allow former Irish President Mary McAleese participate in an annual event marking…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2018

Billings Church Gets Hit Again with Swastika, Anti-Gay Graffiti

A week after someone left a stack of anti-gay pamphlets at a gay-friendly church in Billings, more messages appeared in and around the building, including swastikas and a hastily scrawled “No gays”…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2018

Gay Marriage Roils ‘Laid-Back’ Costa Rica’s Presidential Election

A debate over gay marriage has upturned Costa Rica's presidential race, giving ammunition to conservative frontrunners ahead of Sunday's vote and challenging the Central American country's image as a progressive bastion. Evangelical…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

First LGBTI Haka Team Has Eyes on Te Matatini

One of Aotearoa's first LGBTI haka groups is about to take centre stage at Pride Week in Auckland. But the team Ahakoa Te Aha is also looking to one day competing at the Tāmaki Makaurau regionals…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Far-Right AfD Member Converted to Islam in Protest at Church’s Gay Marriage Stance

A member of Germany's far-right and anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany party (AfD) who recently converted to Islam has said he did so in protest at what he sees as the "moral decline"…

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