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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: 09/09/2018

Remembering Siddharth Gautam: India’s First LGBT Activist

“History owes an apology to LGBT persons for ostracisation and discrimination.” With that, the Supreme Court struck down the draconian law that criminalised sexual activities between two consenting homosexual adults. But the…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

Muslim Council Asks Government to Stop Evangelical Preacher With Links to Trump Visiting UK

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has called on the Home Office to stop an evangelical preacher from the US coming to the UK. Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham, is linked to Donald…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

AKP Youth Leader Threatens Turkish Fashion Designer Critical of Erdoğan with Death

The chairman of a youth branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to kill famous Turkish fashion designer Barbaros Şansal, who is…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Chechnya Gay Purge’s Forgotten Lesbian and Transgender Victims

It has been more than a year since news emerged of a crisis unfolding in Chechnya. Hundreds of gay men were being abducted and held in makeshift prison camps, where they were…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

LGBT Rights Activists Chant ‘We are Here’ at Incheon Rally Following Standoff with Protesters

LGBT rights activists, who gathered for a pride event in Incheon on Saturday, September 8, repeatedly chanted “We are here” before the event broke up, after a day that involved a standoff…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Over 50 Trans-Candidates Registered for Brazilian General Election

At least 50 transgendered candidates have registered to participate in Brazil's October general elections. Although candidates may be removed for not fulfilling requirements outlined by the Electoral Justice Court, the current number,…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

A Long & Hard Battle of a Sri Lankan Activist for Gay Rights

Waking up on the morning of September 6, I thought I was facing yet another humdrum day in Colombo. Good news is always so few and far between when it comes to…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Amending 377a: Unlike Courts, Parliament Will Take into Account Views of Public

Whether Section 377A will be repealed or amended will be a matter for Parliament to decide, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Saturday, a day after he first spoke about…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Homosexuality is Against Nature: Religious Groups

Unhappy with the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality, various religious groups are up in arms with some of them planning to approach the top court for seeking a review of the historic verdict.…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

Section 377: The Fight for LGBT Rights Has Just Begun

In 1884, an unusual case came up in the then colonial Allahabad high court. For months, the police had been tailing a person named Khairati on the suspicion that he was a…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

India’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Historic Ruling

India’s top court on Thursday overturned a 157-year-old law criminalizing gay sex in a landmark victory for gay rights in the world’s largest democracy. A panel of five judges issued a unanimous…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

Pahang Mulls Whipping LGBT Members but Assembly Man Says Niet!

The Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) said it will follow the footsteps of Terengganu and discuss the possibility of imposing whipping sentence as a means to curb against LGBT activities in the state.…

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