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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: 09/23/2018

Mix of Setbacks, Gains Unsettles Many Transgender Americans

For transgender Americans, 2018 has been marked by series of advancements and setbacks. The steps forward have included numerous legislative actions and court rulings buttressing civil rights and a victory by a…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2018

Dua Lipa Speaks Out About Brazil’s Anti-LGBT Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro

Singer Dua Lipa and other musicians have spoken out against Brazil’s anti-LGBT presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The politician, who is a frontrunner in the presidential race, has made several homophobic comments, including…

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ADDED ON: 09/22/2018

LGBTIQ+ Chinese Nationals Choose Australia to Come Out

An increasing number of Chinese nationals are traveling to Australia to freely come out as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. China legalized homosexuality in 1997 but legislative…

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ADDED ON: 09/22/2018

Yes to IPCMC, but LGBT Rejection a Step Backwards

Amnesty International Malaysia has called out Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's rejection of LGBT rights on the same day he announced the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC),…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Anti-gay Summit Finds Mixed Reception in Moldova

Anti-gay advocates and their conservative supporters from dozens of countries gathered last weekend in Moldova’s capital for the annual World Congress of Families, celebrating what they call the “natural family.” Attendees at…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

UKIP Vows to Gut LGBT Rights in Extreme New Manifesto

LGBT+ activists were described as child abusers at the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party’s conference on Friday, as it launched a new manifesto that takes drastic new anti-LGBT stances. UKIP faced a mass…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Gay Sex Laws in Trinidad and Tobago Change, but Not Struck Down

The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago has issued a final ruling on the country’s Sexual Offences Act, which criminalized gay sex between consenting adults. High Court judge Devindra Rampersad first ruled…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Kenyan Judge Lifts Ban on LGBT Film ‘Rafiki,’ Enabling It to Qualify for Oscars

A Kenyan judge has temporarily lifted the ban on Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki,” paving the way for the LGBT love story – which premiered in Cannes – to be submitted for the foreign-language…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

“It’s Not a Sin:” Russian Police Crack Down On ‘Blasphemy’ Memes But Ignore Homophobic Hate Speech

Authorities in Russia have ignored complaints of violent anti-LGBTQ speech, while simultaneously moving to prosecute individuals who post memes deemed offensive to Christianity. LGBTQ activists in the country have complained to police…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

With More Than 200 L.G.B.T. Candidates, Advocates Hope for a ‘Rainbow Wave’ in the Midterms

The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates running for office this year is higher than ever. But there is a partisan split among the nominees. The number of lesbian, gay,…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Australian Senator Says LGBT People Are Sexual Deviants, Perverts and Child Abusers

Australian senator Fraser Anning embarked on a shocking anti-LGBT rant on the floor of the country’s senate on Tuesday, likening LGBT people to perverts and sexual deviants. Anning, from the fringe hardline…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

LGBTI Advocates Denounce Support for Singapore’s anti-Gay Law

Advocates for LGBTI rights have hit back at religious institutions for supporting Singapore’s anti-gay law, Section 377A. In the last two weeks both Christian and Islamic organizations have expressed support for the…

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