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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: 05/26/2018

As Supreme Court Nears Wedding Cake Decision, More LGBT Rights Issues Loom

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown

Ahmed Alaa describes hoisting a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo as the "best five minutes of his life." Now he faces years in prison and says his family and his…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

UN Human Rights Chief: We Must Challenge ‘Myth’ that LGBT Rights is a Western Agenda

The United Nations‘ human rights chief has warned that some nations overseas are attempting to propagate the “myth” that LGBT rights is part of a “Western agenda.” Speaking at The Economist‘s LGBT-skewed Pride and Prejudice…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

Thirty Years Ago Four Gay Rights Activists Invaded the Newsroom of the BBC Six O’clock News

Thirty years ago four gay rights activists invaded the newsroom of the BBC Six O’clock News. Anchor-woman Sue Lawley was forced to continue with her bulletin with the four women present as…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

At the 11th Hour, Papua New Guinea’s HIV Drug Crisis Has Been Averted

Stocks of anti-retroviral drugs to treat HIV have been replenished in Papua New Guinea as the country faced a critical shortage. Last month, medical experts and HIV advocates warned people ‘may die’…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

Taiwanese Students Hang Rainbow Flags to Protest School’s Cancellation of LGBT Lectures

Students at a high school in Kaohsiung city hung rainbow flags outside classrooms to disclose their objection against school's suspension of lectures presented by members of the LGBT community amid parents' disapproval. A lecture…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

China’s Government Wants to Help LGBTI Groups Raise Money to Keep Running

The government in China will set up a foundation to help LGBT groups fundraise money. China will help ease the dependence on foreign donations, in what advocates have described as a positive…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

In the Legal Battle Against Section 377, the Right to Love and Live is at Stake

July 8, 2001 is burnt into Arif Jafar’s mind. The Lucknow-based social worker and his colleagues at the non-governmental organisation Bharosa Trust were booked under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code—…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

Cuba’s New Leader Brings Hope for Gay Rights

Gay rights in Cuba have come a long way since the early years of the Communist revolution, when countless people were marginalized or forced to flee because of their sexual orientation. Now,…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2018

Belarus Slams UK Embassy Over Rainbow Flag on Day Against Homophobia

Belarus has slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships “fake”. In a lengthy statement, the Interior Ministry said the…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Ghana’s State-Owned Newspaper Urges Citizens To Reject LGBT Rights

Ghana state run newspaper the Ghanaian Times has published an editorial urging its citizens to fight against LGBT rights in the African country, where gay sex is punishable by up to three…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Northern Ireland: Gay Couples, Inspired by Royal Wedding, Will Protest for Marriage Equality

Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK that does not allow same-sex couples to marry. Gay couples in Northern Ireland have been inspired by the royal wedding to protest for…

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