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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: 10/19/2018

2018 Taiwan Gay Pride Parade Set for Oct. 27

The annual gay pride parade organized by Taiwan LGBT Pride is scheduled to be held in Taipei on Oct. 27, and will focus on promoting two referendums on amending Civil Code marriage…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2018

Uruguayan Congress Approves Comprehensive Law For Trans People

Congress in Uruguay approved with a large majority (62 out of the 88 lawmakers in session), the project of comprehensive law for trans people, to ensure the protection of their rights. The project of…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2018

First Dutch Gender-Neutral Passport Issued

Leonne Zeegers, 57, received a passport with the gender designation X, instead of M for man or V for woman. Born male, in 2001 Zeegers had surgery to become female, but now…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2018

Why Muslim Groups in North India Want the Government to Re-criminalize Gay Sex

A prominent Muslim group in north India has spoken out against the Supreme Court of India’s decision to end the country’s gay sex ban. Anjuman-e-Imamia’s Jammu chapter told a press conference on Sunday (14…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Indonesian Religious Minister Denounces LGBTI, but Calls for People’s Empathy

Social media went abuzz earlier this week with #UninstallGoJek after homegrown ride-hailing company Gojek has come under fire after a screenshot of a Facebook post from one of its executives expressing support…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Senate to Force Debate on LGBTI Teacher Protections Before Wentworth Byelection

The Senate will debate discrimination protections for LGBT teachers on Wednesday and Thursday after a motion moved jointly by Richard Di Natale and Penny Wong was accepted without a vote. The tactic to force…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Museums Dept Scraps Hall Rental for Thai LGBT Event

The Department of Museums Malaysia (JMM) has cancelled the renting out of the National Museum’s auditorium for an event this Saturday after discovering that it would feature alleged lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Muslim Grand Mufti Attacks Gay Teachers Saying They ‘Suffer from a Mental Illness’ and ‘Contradict Nature’

Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric has claimed gay teachers ‘contradict nature’ and suffer from ‘mental illness’. Sheikh Taj El-Din Hilaly made the claims as he weighed into the debate about whether religious…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2018

Why Muslim Groups in North India Want the Government to Re-criminalize Gay Sex

A prominent Muslim group in north India has spoken out against the Supreme Court of India’s decision to end the country’s gay sex ban. Anjuman-e-Imamia’s Jammu chapter told a press conference on…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2018

Australia: Liberals Split Over Labor Bid to End Religious Schools’ Ability to Sack Gay Teachers

The Morrison government is split on whether to support Labor’s call to amend discrimination law to prevent religious schools firing gay staff. The Liberal deputy leader, Josh Frydenberg, and candidate for Wentworth…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2018

Indonesian Tech Company Go-Jek Under Fire after Vice President Publicly Promotes LGBT Equality

Jakarta start-up Go-Jek has come out in support of LGBT+ equality, prompting several of its existing customers to urge others to stop using the ride-hailing and delivery app. To commemorate National Coming Out Day…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2018

Abrams Makes Historic Appearance at Atlanta LGBT Parade

Stacey Abrams has become the first major-party nominee for the Georgia governorship to participate in the Atlanta Pride Parade, one of the largest LGBT parades in the Southeast. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports…

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