• Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 07/24/2018

LGBTI Activist Banned from Giving TEDx Talk in Singapore

The night before Rachel Yeo was due to deliver a TEDx talk, organizers told her she’d been taken off the schedule. Friday’s session was a TEDxYouth at St Joseph’s Institute (SJI) –…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

‘Our Lives Should Be Lived in the Sun’: The Couple Fighting to Legalise Gay Sex in India

One day, about 15 years ago, Sunil Mehra’s partner, Navtej Johar, a classical dancer, was being interviewed on the phone at their New Delhi home. The journalist asked about Johar’s sexuality. Mehra…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

Global Human Rights Advocates Say No 2020 AIDS Conference in Trump’s USA

Terrorizing immigrants. Family separations. Detentions. Targeting sex workers and LGBTQ communities. Global Gag Rule. War on people who use drugs. Closed borders. The wall. Police brutality. Racist violence grounded in white supremacy.…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

Grandson of Singapore’s Founder Lee Kuan Yew Comes Out as Gay

Ahead of Singapore Pride’s – Pink Dot- 10th anniversary bash, a very important person in the city nation has come out publicly as gay. Li Huanwu is the grandson of Singapore’s first…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

China is Trying to Ban the Taiwanese Flag from the Gay Games in Paris

As Team Taiwan’s 25 person squad prepares to compete in the Gay Games being held in Paris from Aug. 4 through Aug. 28, it has been reported that China is maneuvering to…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

No, we are not LGBT-friendly, says Putrajaya

Putrajaya today said it was equally concerned about the “LGBT lifestyle”, and rejected claims by its critics that the Pakatan Harapan-led government was more friendly to the community. Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

Turkish Homophobic Leaflets Blame ‘British State’ for Homosexuality

Homophobic leaflets blaming the “British deep state” for “forcing” people into homosexuality have reportedly been distributed in Turkey. The anti-gay notices which allegedly say “homosexuality is despicableness and can be turned away…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

Israel Sees Nationwide LGBT Strike Over Homophobic Discrimination

An estimated 60,000 people attended a rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday evening, capping a day of demonstrations and a partial strike around the country in support of equal rights…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

Cuba’s New Constitution Would Allow Same-sex Marriages

The new constitution being debated this weekend by Cuban legislators would provide a legal path for same-sex marriage, an important demand of the socialist island’s LGBT community. The document’s Article 68 would…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

New York Times LGBTI Coverage Censored in Qatar: Report

Qatar reportedly censored recent articles published in The New York Times International Edition featuring coverage of LGBTI issues. Entire articles published between April and July were blacked out in the newspaper, ABC…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Cuba’s Draft Constitution Opens Path to Gay Marriage

LGBTI rights activists in Cuba supported the proposal with posters reading "I am in favour of Cuban design " showing different family configurations including same-sex unions. The draft of Cuba's new constitution…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Singapore’s version of gay pride marks 10th year

Singapore's LGBTI community marked the 10th year of its gathering on Saturday despite restrictions on foreign sponsorship that had threatened the annual event last year. Thousands of people from the LGBTI movement…

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