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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: 08/09/2018

Number of LGBTI Candidates Standing for US Office Breaks Record

A record number of over 400 LGBTI candidates are standing in elections for public office in the United states, according to the Victory Institute. The nonprofit group supports leadership campaigns within the lesbian, gay, bisexualand…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Russian Ad Uses Homophobia to Get Out the Vote

An ad aimed at getting out the vote for Russia’s regional elections suggests that people who don’t vote are gay. The spot shows two men walking through a city, riding on a…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Disabled People Stage Protest Against Anti-LGBT Japanese MP

Disabled people have come out to protest against an anti-LGBT Japanese MP, who said gay and lesbian couples are unproductive because they can’t have children. According to KYODO news agency, the group took offense to the comments because…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Gay and Lesbian Network Faces Closure Due to Cash Crisis

The Gay and Lesbian Network says it will have to shut its doors unless they get a R600‚000 windfall. The Pietermaritzburg-based organisation was founded in 2003 and since its inception has been…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Pop Star Ellen Joyce Loo was Trailblazer for Hong Kong’s LGBTI Community and Broke Down Stigma Around Mental Illness

On Sunday, the Hong Kong pop star died from a suspected suicide. Reporter Vivienne Chow looks back on her last meeting with the singer, where she appeared to have come to terms…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Won’t Bake a Gay Wedding Cake? Nearly Half of America Supports You

At the end of July, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Religious Liberty Task Force that would defend the freedom to worship from an unspecified “dangerous movement” purportedly seeking to undermine it. The…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Is This the New Malaysia We Voted For? LGBT Activist Asks after Picture Removed from Exhibition

Activist Nisha Ayub has demanded that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government state its stand on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after her portrait with a Malaysian flag draped on…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2018

Turkey Won’t Return to Eurovision Because of LGBT Contestants

Turkey has ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest until the show bans LGBT+ contestants. The country was a staple at the pan-European music contest from 1975 up until 2012,…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2018

LGBT Festival Prague Pride Kicks Off in Czech Capital

The 8th annual festival of LGBT culture Prague Pride kicks off in the Czech capital on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island. The week-long festival offers over a hundred events, including…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2018

Now You See Her, Now You Don’t: The Invisible Lives of Queer Women in India

Rupa Mhatre (name changed) is among the last to exit the just-arrived red state transport bus at the Mumbai Central depot. Pulling her sari over her head to shield against the rain,…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2018

Trudeau Marches in Vancouver’s 40th Annual Pride Parade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched in Vancouver's 40th annual Pride Parade in the West End neighbourhood Sunday. Trudeau previously marched in the parade in 2016, but was not in attendance last year.…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2018

Costa Rican Political Figures Come Out in Support of Same-sex Marriage

Four former presidents, former Supreme Court justices, and other political figures signed a declaration against discrimination and in favor of same-sex marriage in Costa Rica on Friday. The declaration came as the…

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