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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: 04/04/2019

Spain’s health minister calls for end to gay ‘conversion therapy’

Spain’s health minister called on Wednesday for so-called conversion therapy to be abolished after a report that a branch of the Catholic Church had offered to “cure” gay people. El Diario, an…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Gay sex now officially punishable by death by stoning in Brunei

New Islamic criminal laws took effect in Brunei on Wednesday that make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning offenders to death. The laws have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Most Americans are a-OK with a gay presidential candidate. That’s a big shift in less than 15 years.

With Pete Buttigieg's campaign saying he raised an impressive $7 million in the first fundraising quarter, the South Bend, Indiana mayor is looking more and more like a significant factor in the…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

LGBT centre raided in Russia and volunteers detained inside

An LGBT+ centre in Russia has been raided for reportedly ‘conflating’ rules on ‘gay propaganda’. Officers arrived at Rakurs, a community centre based in Arkhangelsk, on March 28 and demanded to inspect…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

Lebanon urged to abolish anti-LGBT law, after military acquits soldiers on ‘sodomy’ charges

Lebanon has been urged to abolish a law criminalising homosexuality after the top military prosecutor declined to prosecute a "sodomy" case. The rights group called the decision, which was publicised Monday, a…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

Brunei’s new anti-LGBT+ laws condemned as ‘inhuman’ and ‘draconian’ by UN

A move by Brunei to punish gay sex by stoning to death has been condemned as “inhuman” by the UN. The new penal code is due to be implemented on Wednesday and…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

Bosnia Capital to Host First Pride Parade

Bosnian human rights activists announced on Monday that Bosnia’s first-ever Pride Parade will take place in September in the capital, Sarajevo, and will gather members of the LGBTI community from all over…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

International anti-LGBT, anti-abortion congress opens in Verona

The World Congress of Families, an anti-gay and reproductive rights conference organized by a designated hate group, opened in the northern Italian city of Verona on Friday amid tight security. Several prominent…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

Transgender guitarist strikes a different note

Shika Corona strums her guitar on a Kuala Lumpur stage, the crowd dancing as she launches into a chorus, “Gender doesn’t lie between your thighs!” Shika, 42, is the transgender singer and…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

Letter to Prime Minister Plenković on Balkans Trans and Intersex Pride March

We write to urge you to provide appropriate security and protection to ensure the rights to freedom of assembly and expression are protected during the March 30, 2019 Balkans Trans and Intersex…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

Chinese gay rights activists out to challenge censored cut of Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody

Yanzi, founder of the Guangzhou-based LGBT Rights Advocacy of China group, this week asked Chinese film-goers what they thought about the censored version of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Hollywood movie about singer Freddie…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

No matter their allegiance, Ukraine’s politicians are ignoring LGBT rights

Ahead of Ukraine’s presidential elections, the problems of the country’s LGBT community are being ignored by our leading politicians. None of the leading candidates’ programmes even mention LGBT rights or address the…

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