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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: 05/06/2018

Russia: Bashkir Activists Say Police Idle As Gay-Bashing Campaign Gains Steam

On April 20, Kristina Abramicheva, who heads the Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT for Equal Rights in the Bashkortostan capital, Ufa, posted an alarming warning on her Facebook page. “In Ufa there…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2018

Majority of U.S. Muslims Now Support Gay Marriage, While White Evangelical Christians Remain Opposed

Opposition to same-sex marriage has decreased across a broad swath of religious groups in the United States, with white evangelical Christians one of the few movements for which a majority remains in opposition.…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Same-sex Marriage a Must for Nation Famed for Tolerance

The fight for same-sex marriage remains an uphill battle in Thailand, a country known for its tolerance of people of different sexual orientations, despite a draft bill being pushed for the cause,…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Explain Stand on Gay Sex: India’s Top Court Issues Notice to Government

India’s government must explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same sex adults, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, setting a July deadline for a response. The court had heard petitions…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

11 Things to Know about Scott Lively, the Anti-Gay Pastor Challenging Charlie Baker

The notorious homophobe has the blessing of the MassGOP to face Governor Baker in a primary. Scott Lively is not going to be the governor. You know it. He knows it. And the delegates…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Singaporeans Sign Petition to Lower Rating for Gay Romance

“Love, Simon”, a Hollywood romantic comedy-drama about a gay 17-year-old boy, has been rated R21 here. In its film classification online, the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) noted that the…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

Northern Ireland: Supreme Court to Hear Christian Bakery ‘Gay Cake’ Case Four Years On

The Supreme Court will sit in Northern Ireland for the first time to judge whether a bakery refusing to make a cake with a same-sex marriage slogan is discriminatory. Ashers Bakery in Belfast, which…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

How Queer Film Collective Thrives Under the Radar in Shanghai, and Its Soft Power

Public awareness of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in China is higher than ever thanks to an abortive attempt this month by Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, to bar…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2018

Thailand Expected to Introduce Same-Sex Civil Partnerships

Thailand could become the first country in South East Asia to legalise civil partnerships, with the introduction of a landmark bill that could give same-sex couples the same legal rights as married…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2018

Alice Weidel: German Court Sides with AfD Leader in Facebook Suit

A court in Hamburg ruled in favor of Alice Weidel, a senior politician of the far-right AfD party, who sued Facebook over an insulting comment published by a user on their platform.…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2018

Mexico’s LGBT Rights are Stronger Than the US’s. Here’s Why

Common stereotypes about Mexico’s macho culture might lead us to expect that the legal landscape for gay rights in Mexico would be far less egalitarian than in the United States. Major theories…

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