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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: 10/01/2018

Buddhist Group’s President in Favour of Repealing 377A

The Buddhist Fellowship's president said yesterday he supports repealing Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between men. Separately, the group behind the latest attempt to repeal the law held…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

Campaigning in Mosque, Anwar Again Says He Opposes Same-sex Marriage

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim again expressed his opposition towards same-sex marriage while speaking in a Pasir Panjang mosque today. The incoming PKR president has for the third time in two weeks spoken…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

Supreme Court’s New Season Includes Cases of Importance to LGBT Community

Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week's political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump's second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2018

In Legal Battle Over Gay Sex, Kenyan Court to Consider Indian Ruling

Parties involved in a court case seeking to decriminalize gay sex in Kenya will be allowed to make submissions based on a recent decision by India’s top court to overturn a ban…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

US Congress Rejects Anti-LGBT Adoption Amendment

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people planning on fostering or adopting children in the US have a victory to celebrate. The US House of Representatives approved an appropriations package for the…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

LGBTI Rights in Latin America: A(nother) Pending Debt

The development of the LGBTI rights movement across the continent is awe-inspiring. With the precedent of the United Nations’ protests against Cuban concentration camps for homosexuals in the 60’s, various activist groups…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

Egyptian Filmmaker Aims to Show LGBT+ People are ‘Not Alone’

The director of a new Egyptian movie about a secretly gay man preparing to marry a woman has said he wanted to let LGBT+ people in the Middle East know they are…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

In Legal Battle Over Gay Sex, Kenya Court to Consider India Verdict on Section 377

Parties involved in a court case seeking to decriminalize gay sex in Kenya will be allowed to make submissions based on a recent decision by India’s Supreme Court to overturn a ban…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Greek LGBTI Activist Dies After Brutal Beating

Zak Kostopoulos, a Greek LGBTI activist and drag performer, died Friday after a brutal attack in an Athens shopping district. According to NBC News, two men have been arrested in connection with…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Japanese Magazine to Close After Abe Ally’s ‘homophobic’ Article

A prominent magazine in Japan is to close after an outcry over an allegedly homophobic article written by a rightwing MP from the ruling Liberal Democratic party. The Shincho 45 said it…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

India Court Rules Lesbian Couple Can Live Together

A court in India's southern state of Kerala has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who want to live together. S Sreeja, 40, petitioned the high court alleging her partner Aruna,…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Indian Apex Court’s Ruling on Gay Sex, Urges Countries to Amend Laws

The UN’s top human rights official cited “landmark decision by India’s Supreme Court” decriminalizing consenual gay sex and urged more countries to bring their laws and practices in line with the fundamental…

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