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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: 07/13/2018

Now a Cafe Makes Queer Women Feel at Home

They meet in coffee shops and public spaces to share their dreams and anxieties. But, even while they gather amidst bustling city spaces, they are careful to keep their identities private. Even…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2018

Anti-Gay Pride Petition Signed by More than 200,000 People in South Korea

More than 210,000 people have signed a petition posted on the website of South Korea’s presidential office calling for a gay pride festival to be canceled. The Seoul Queer Culture Festival is…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2018

Supreme Court on Section 377: LGBT Individuals Are Forced to Marry Opposite Sex

In a significant observation during the hearing on IPC Section 377, Justice Indu Malhotra today said that individuals belonging to lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community marry a person of the…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2018

PrEP program begins in Mexico

Mexico took a major step aimed at HIV prevention in late June. The country inaugurated a PrEP program in four cities that would make daily dosing of the HIV drug Truvada available…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2018

Mexico: Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Rights Conservative Party in Morena’s Coalition to Disappear

The Mexican electoral authorities are preparing a team to manage and eventually liquidate the assets of the Social Encounter Party (PES) and the New Alliance Party (PANAL), which ran in coalition with…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2018

What Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination Means for LGBTQ Rights

President Trump, America’s top drama queen, did everything he could to infuse his second Supreme Court nomination with ratings-grabbing suspense and pageantry. But for queer Americans, there was only one question to…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2018

Hong Kong: LGBT-Themed Books Restricted in Libraries

Hong Kong authorities should immediately reverse a decision to place 10 children’s books with LGBT themes in the “closed stacks” of public libraries, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Hong Kong’s Home…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

Gay Activists Protest Russia’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws With ‘hidden Flag’ During World Cup

LGBTQ activists from around the world gathered in Russia this weekend to protest Russia’s anti-gay policies. The six activists, wearing colorful soccer jerseys from their home countries, created what they called a…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

Malaysian Minister Syed Saddiq Faces Online Outcry Over Press Officer’s Resignation Linked to LGBTI Activism

Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman faced an online outcry after his interim press officer said he was quitting after coming under pressure over his activism on LGBTI issues.…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

On Stage, Russian Drag Stars Leave Fears Behind

In a modest dressing room, Russian men apply their eyeshadow with an expert touch, slide on fishnet stockings or thigh-high boots, then take to the stage with an uninhibited freedom that they…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

Thai Gay Relationships Bill Should Be Passed by November, Experts Believe

Thailand should push ahead with the Life and Partnership Registration bill to promote the rights of people with same-sex partners, participants in a weekend panel discussion said. The Justice Ministry’s Rights and…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2018

Spain Offers Free Fertility Treatment for Lesbians and Single Women

Spain’s new Socialist government has agreed to offer free reproductive treatment to lesbians and single women on Friday, restoring a benefit cancelled by the conservative administration it toppled in June. The announcement…

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