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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: 07/27/2018

Japanese Politician under Fire for Calling LGBT Community ‘unproductive’

A Japanese politician has come under fire for questioning whether LGBT taxpayers should receive equal welfare benefits to the rest of Japan. Lower House member Mio Sugita called gay couples "unproductive" and…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Trump Government Meets with Anti-LGBT ‘hate groups’ – and Offers Help to Access US Aid Money

Prominent Christian conservatives and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage – including several designated by the Southern Law Poverty Center as anti-LGBT “hate groups” – were among the participants at a high-level US government…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2018

Asia’s Youngest Nation Celebrates 2nd LGBTI Parade

Asia’s youngest nation, East Timor (Timor-Leste), held its second annual LGBT pride parade in its capital, Dili. The small country cemented its role as a regional LGBT rights leader during a time…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2018

200 Leading Rabbis Call Gays ‘perverts,’ Oppose Gay Surrogacy

The letter caused outrage among liberal leaders and organizations, who castigated the rabbis and called for any of them on the public payroll to be fired. More than 200 rabbis from the national-religious…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2018

LDP Lawmaker Mio Sugita Faces Backlash After Describing LGBTI People as ‘unproductive’

A ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker has drawn a fierce backlash after labeling the LGBTI community “unproductive” in terms of childbirth, and warning that a society that accepts same-sex relationships risks “increasing…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2018

Adoption Law Spurs Fears of Discrimination Against LGBTI Kids in Foster Care

Opponents of a new Kansas law ensuring that agencies with sincerely held religious beliefs may refuse to place children with gay and lesbian couples say the law could also result in inappropriate…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2018

LGBT Catholic Group ‘Shut out’ of Pope Family Conference

An LGBT Catholic group has alleged that they are being deliberately shut out of the World Meeting of Families conference, which is set to be attended by the Pope. The World Meeting…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2018

Majority of Israelis Back LGBT Protests, New Poll Finds

A majority of Israelis from across the political spectrum support the LGBT community’s fight to secure surrogacy rights for gay couples, a Hadashot TV news poll found. The poll published Tuesday showed…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

LGBTI Activist Banned from Giving TEDx Talk in Singapore

The night before Rachel Yeo was due to deliver a TEDx talk, organizers told her she’d been taken off the schedule. Friday’s session was a TEDxYouth at St Joseph’s Institute (SJI) –…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

‘Our Lives Should Be Lived in the Sun’: The Couple Fighting to Legalise Gay Sex in India

One day, about 15 years ago, Sunil Mehra’s partner, Navtej Johar, a classical dancer, was being interviewed on the phone at their New Delhi home. The journalist asked about Johar’s sexuality. Mehra…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

Global Human Rights Advocates Say No 2020 AIDS Conference in Trump’s USA

Terrorizing immigrants. Family separations. Detentions. Targeting sex workers and LGBTQ communities. Global Gag Rule. War on people who use drugs. Closed borders. The wall. Police brutality. Racist violence grounded in white supremacy.…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

Grandson of Singapore’s Founder Lee Kuan Yew Comes Out as Gay

Ahead of Singapore Pride’s – Pink Dot- 10th anniversary bash, a very important person in the city nation has come out publicly as gay. Li Huanwu is the grandson of Singapore’s first…

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