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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: 09/19/2018

Priest Defies Cardinal Cupich, Burns LGBTI Flag on Church Grounds

A North Side priest says he “can’t sit well” with Cardinal Blase Cupich burned a gay-friendly flag outside his Avondale church last week — against the wishes of the cardinal he claims…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2018

Where is being gay still against the law?

India recently decriminalized gay sex in a landmark ruling for LGBT rights, overturning a ban dating back more than 150 years. The judges of the Supreme Court were unanimous in their decision…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2018

An Antigay Assault Threatens Marriage Equality in Taiwan

If you thought the National Organization for Marriage and other such groups disappeared once we won the freedom to marry in 2015, think again. You heard me: The discredited opponents we beat…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

No Penalty Likely for LDP’s Sugita Over LGBTI Remarks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that it is not necessary to penalize ruling party lawmaker Mio Sugita, who has come under fire over her recent gaffe on sexual minorities. "Because she…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

Hong Kong Will Now Allow Gay Expat Couples to get Spousal Visas

The Hong Kong government said today (Sept. 18) that it would grant dependant visas to legally recognized gay couples the same way it does for married heterosexual couples. The new policy, which…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

India’s Anti-Gay Law Is History. Next Challenge: Treat LGBTQ Patients With Respect

Two years ago, Shivam Sharma rushed to a Mumbai hospital at 2:30 a.m. He’d had sex earlier that night with a man who was HIV positive. They’d used protection, but Sharma just…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

‘Kinky Boots’ Musical Encourages Chinese Drag Queens to ‘be Themselves’

Sign language interpreters swung their hips and gestured at deaf audience members to the rhythm of a rollicking performance by drag queens singing and dancing on stage behind them. Nothing surprising for…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

Cuban President Backs Legalizing Same-sex Marriage

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said he supports a constitutional change to legalize same-sex marriage. The Cuban leader made the remarks to Venezuela-based Telesur Sunday. "The approach of recognizing marriage between two people,…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

5 Things You Need to Know about One of the Anti-LGBT Movement’s Biggest Events: The ‘Value Voter Summit’

One of the most powerful anti-LGBT hate groups, the Family Research Council (FRC), is getting ready for its annual gathering in the nation’s capital. Thousands of supporters and partner organizations are gearing…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

Photography Exhibition Showcases LGBTI Veterans of Ukraine’s Civil War

As Ukraine’s Civil War raged on against pro-Russian forces in the east of the country, photographer Anton Shebetko wanted to try and represent some of the LGBTI soldiers who had experienced the…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

Judge Rules Against Faith-based Agency in Landmark Case over Lgbt and Religious Rights

A federal judge Friday in Michigan allowed a lawsuit to move forward that experts say impacts faith-based charities across the country that provide adoption services as well as LGBT couples seeking to…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

How Islamists Stigmatise Indonesia’s Transgender Waria

Indonesia’s LGBTI community could be forgiven for thinking their search for equality is going backwards. During the pre-Islamic, Hindu-Buddhist period of Indonesian history, waria (third gender people) were not only accepted –…

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