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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: 08/22/2018

Love is Love: LGBTI Community Calls for Acceptance in Legal Battle

# LOVE is LOVE was the overall message conveyed by members of the gay and lesbian community on Tuesday during the legal challenge in which certain members of the Dutch Reformed Church…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Khalid Samad to Sue NGO Head Over Gay Fest Claim

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said today he will sue the chairman of a Muslim group who accused him of approving a purported gay festival here. Khalid dismissed the allegation as baseless,…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

‘We deserve better’ Campaigners Pull Out of Belfast Rally After Request to Reconsider Speakers

A campaign group has pulled out of co-hosting a 'we deserve better' event in Belfast after it was asked to reconsider inviting LGBTI and pro-choice speakers. The campaign, started by Dylan Quinn from…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Malaysia: Two Women Face Caning for Same-Sex Conduct

Malaysian authorities should drop the case against two women for same-sex relations before their scheduled caning on August 28, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. A court convicted the two on August 12…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Kazakh Feminist Activist Fined for Menstruation Campaign

Zhanar Sekerbayeva, co-founder of the feminist group Feminita, was ordered to pay a fine of 30 euros by a court in the Central Asian republic’s largest city of Almaty, an AFP journalist…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Why Asia Needs to do More to Welcome LGBTI Tourists – the Rewards are Far From Just Financial

The 10th annual Gay Games came to a close on August 12 in Paris, France. Next stop: Hong Kong, which, in 2022, will become the first Asian destination to welcome the world’s…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

LGBTs: Not Ogres, a Disease, or Contagious

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa sparked a timely debate on the LGBT issue when he ordered for the portraits of two LGBT activists to be removed from a…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2018

Brazil’s ‘Queer Museum’ Set to Reopen

Brazil’s “queer museum,” forced to close last year after conservatives attacked it for allegedly promoting pedophilia, blasphemy, and bestiality, is reopening in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2018

Protesters Vs. Petitioners: Dispute over Tunisia’s Anti-gay Law

Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists protested Saturday in front of the nation’s parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality that they claim are contrary to Islam. Men and veiled…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2018

Legendary Alleged Gay Club in Kuala Lumpur Raided for First Time in 30 Years

A local club operating on Jalan Sultan Ismail for about 30 years has finally been raided earlier this morning (August 18). It is believed that the club has always been popular among…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2018

Russian LGBT Pride Parade Finally Approved and Immediately Banned in Village of Seven People

Russian activists announced the first government-permitted Gay Pride march, but less than 24-hours later, local officials said they would not let the event go ahead, even in a town with a population of only…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2018

Growing up Gay in China: As Chinese Come Out of the Closet, Companies Cash In

A group of girls sit cross-legged in front of a wall-to-ceiling mirror concentrating intensely as they apply make-up. They talk quietly, exchanging tips on which brush to use and what shade of…

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