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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: 01/28/2019

Taiwanese volunteer campaigns in China for LGBT rights

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) A Taiwanese volunteer who went to China recently to campaign against its sexual orientation therapies sees the LGBT communities on both sides of the Taiwan Strait as facing…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown Expands to Stifle Journalists

An Egyptian television anchor was unexpectedly sentenced to one year in prison for interviewing a gay man on TV last week. The conviction of Mohamed Al-Ghaity, a host on the satellite channel LTV, reveals the lengths…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Holocaust Memorial Day: How the pink triangle became a symbol of gay rights

As the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday (January 27), PinkNews remembers all those in the LGBT+ community that were persecuted by the Nazis—and how the pink triangle, used to identify…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Chandigarh demands right to be different

The fate of LGBT community of Chandigarh swiveled into a different alley when Dhananjay Chauhan, a transgender student, led the campaign on Panjab University campus for a special toilet for the third…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

LGBT Navajos Discover Unexpected Champions: Their Grandparents

When she was 5 years old, Michelle Sherman learned exactly what her mother thought of gay men. "I remember seeing two guys holding hands, and then my mom's like, 'Oh, that's disgusting,'…

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Myanmar’s first LGBT pride boat parade sets sail

Rainbow flags flew high and gay anthems blasted out over Yangon's river as a flotilla of boats took to the water of Myanmar's biggest city on Saturday (Jan 26) for the country's…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Reconnecting LGBT and Indigenous struggles

Historically, the LGBT community and Indigenous people have been closely connected in their struggle for equal and fair treatment in Canada. However, that connection has been partially forgotten and a former professor…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

“We exist”, gays say in message to Pope Francis in Panama

A long and tender kiss between two women in downtown Panama on Friday was a quiet but symbolic message from the LGBT community to the visiting Pope Francis: "We exist!" Samirah Armengol…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2019

After LGBT paranoia threatened to shut it down, gov’t defends HIV prevention group in Riau

Activists warn that the LGBT panic in Indonesia is not only causing wide scale discrimination and persecution against the protected minority group, it is also helping to create a public health crisis by making it…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2019

Nearly one in 50 US teen students see selves as transgender, government reports

Nearly one in 50 U.S. high school students considers themself transgender, and more than a third of those say they attempted suicide in the previous year, according to the first study of…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2019

Taiwanese LGBT activist named Newsweek Creative Class innovator

A Taiwanese LGBT rights activist has been included in Newsweek's Creative Class of 2019, an initiative celebrating innovators who develop creative solutions to the world's problems, according to the American weekly magazine.…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2019

In the deepness of Siberian closets

Until recently a flag, painted on the balustrade, contrasted the otherwise concrete-grey waterfront next to the Angara River, which trenches the city of Irkutsk into halves. Its rainbow colors attracted attention of…

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