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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: 08/13/2018

Thousands March on Ninth Anniversary of Shooting at Tel Aviv Gay Youth Center

Two thousand young people marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the deadly shooting at the city’s Barnoar gay youth center and demand an end to discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Priest James Martin Not Bothered by ‘oceans of Hate and Threats’ for His Pro-LGBT Stance Ahead of Pope Francis Visit to Dublin

A pro-LGBT priest says he’s not bothered by “oceans of hate and threats” against him for speaking in support of the gay community. Fr James Martin will be given a platform at…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Teenager Becomes First Minor Prosecuted under Russia’s Anti-gay ‘propaganda’ Laws

A schoolboy has become the first minor to be prosecuted under Russia’s strict “gay propaganda” laws. Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old from the city of Biysk, was reportedly fined £50,000 rubles (£580) by…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Mujahid: Meeting with Nisha Ayub Does Not Imply Support for LGBT Culture

Datuk Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa has made it clear that his recent meeting with transgender advocate Nisha Ayub does not signify his endorsement for the LGBT community. “I would like to stress…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Dancing for Equality, LGBT Pinoys Make History at Gay Games

Members of the Filipino LGBTQ+ community swept the world off their feet as they made history at this year's Gay Games in Paris, France. Out of over dozens of pairs from across…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2018

LGBT Choir Gets the Word Out on a High Note

Aung Bo (not his real name) hasn’t come out yet and fears to do so as his family is rather conservative. His sister also identifies with the LGBT community. Unfortunately for him, his…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2018

Costa Rica Supreme Court Rules Against Same-sex Marriage Ban

Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ruled that the country's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court ruling gives the country's legislators a time limit of 18 months to change the…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2018

Doctors Come Out in Support of Medical Rights for LGBT

Malaysian physicians took to social media to remind colleagues of their Hippocratic oath after a purported doctor triggered controversy over blood donations from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. They…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2018

Ghana: Government Has No Plans For Same-Sex Marriage

President Akufo Addo has said his government has no plans of introducing legislation on same-sex marriage. Speaking at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra, the president said he…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Mujahid: Removal of LGBTI Photos in Line with Gov’t Stand

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa agrees with the move to remove photographs of LGBT activists from a George Town Festival art exhibit. He said the removal of the photos of…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

‘I Still Have Flashbacks’: the ‘Global Epidemic’ of LGBTI Conversion Therapy

“To get your seeds back from the giant in the clouds,” he says wryly. “They tried to make it fun with sports and activities.” One activity involved each of the 80 men…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Denmark LGBTI Groups Snub US Ambassador’s Pride Reception to Protest Trump Policies

Denmark’s LGBTI groups have delivered a public snub to the US Ambassador appointed by Donald Trump. Private equity firm chair Carla Sands was appointed by Trump last year to serve as the…

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