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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: 02/01/2018

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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REDLACTRANS – Latin America and the Caribbean Network of Trans Persons

Anti-transgender violence is epidemic in Central America where the life expectancy of a Salvadoran transgender woman is less than 35 years. This shocking fact might not be known without the hard work of local activists documenting and reporting the sobering reality of daily life for transgender people in the region.

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Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance’s Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights (GISHR) works with LGBT activists and organizations to promote and protect the rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Nigeria: Traditional Chiefs Curse Gays, Help Anti-gay Police

Traditional rulers in the Egor local government area of Edo State have rained down curses on homosexuals and are helping police on anti-LGBTI raids. According to the Nigerian newspaper Leadership, Chief Nathaniel Enyeula…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Efforts to Help LGBTI Puerto Ricans After Maria ‘being forgotten’

An activist from Puerto Rico who attended the National LGBTI Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference in D.C. on Saturday said efforts to help the island’s LGBTI community after Hurricane Maria are…

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Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

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Human Rights First

Human Rights First (HRF) is an independent advocacy and action organization working with LGBTI leaders across the globe to guarantee that their voices are heard. HRF is committed to protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons and ensuring that they remain a foreign policy priority of the U.S. government.

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Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth is advancing the sexual health and rights of LGBTI youth in the developing world by strengthening the capacity of sustainable youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations. Often there are limited spaces to organize and elevate issues that make LGBTI youth particularly vulnerable. Advocates has a network of 3,000 youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations and activists from 96 countries and provides support in 40 countries.

ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Myanmar LGBT Festival Goes Public for First Time

Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens pounded across the finish line and crashed into a waiting coterie of photographers…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Welsh Assembly Named Britain’s Best Employer for LGBTI

The national assembly for Wales has been named Britain’s best employer for LGBTI staff in Stonewall’s annual list of top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers. The list drawn up by Britain’s leading charity for LGBTI equality…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Myanmar LGBTI Festival Goes Public for First Time

Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens pounded across the finish line and crashed into a waiting coterie of photographers…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Indonesian’s LGBT Community Under Threat as Government Sets Sights on Making Gay Sex Illegal

It's shaping as a bleak 2018 for Indonesia's gay and transgender people. In the conservative province of Aceh, police have raided hair salons and publicly shamed a group of transgender hairdressers, while…

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