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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: 04/01/2019

Calgary LGBT advocates protest UCP plan they say would ‘out’ kids

Hundreds of people marched in southwest Calgary Thursday in support of gay-straight alliances, and to oppose a plan that they say could see LGBT kids outed without their consent. The school groups,…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

Uganda: Queer-themed magazine focuses on mental health

The new 52-page magazine is focused on mental health and intimate-partner violence within the sex worker and LGBTQ communities. Copies are been widely distributed across the country by the organization’s volunteers. Ugandan…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

The LGBT advocate set to be an MP

Ranked 9th on the Future Forward Party (FFP) list, award-winning filmmaker and LGBT advocate Tanwarin Sukkhapisit will almost certainly become Thailand's first transgender MP. She has been unwavering in her journey from…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

Lebanon court ‘acquits military personnel’ in sodomy case

Judge Peter Germanos on Saturday cleared the group of charges of committing sexual acts "contrary to nature" and declined to issue warrants for their arrest, the Daily Star, a Beirut-based daily, reported.Germanos…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

Ecuador Constitutional Court hears marriage case

Ecuador’s highest court on Friday heard oral arguments in a case that could extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the South American country. Judges on Ecuador’s Constitutional Court considered the case…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

70 percent of Singaporeans disapprove of same-sex relations, study finds

Almost 70 percent of people in Singapore disapprove of same-sex relationships, a recent study has found. The number of people who disapprove was highest among Singaporean Muslims, Christians and Hindus. The working…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

Cayman Islands legalises same-sex marriage in historic ruling

The Cayman Islands has legalised same-sex marriage after a judge ruled prohibitions on such relationships was unconstitutional. The decision marked a personal victory - and the end of a tough legal battle…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

For many Native Americans, embracing LGBT members is a return to the past

The sound of drums, singing and prayers marked the opening of a powwow in Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon this month. Marchers carried the flags of the United States and some of…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

Transgender band plays upbeat songs in conservative Malaysia

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: 03/30/2019

Revealed: Trump-linked US Christian ‘fundamentalists’ pour millions of ‘dark money’ into Europe, boosting the far right

US Christian right ‘fundamentalists’ linked to the Trump administration and Steve Bannon are among a dozen American groups that have poured at least $50 million of ‘dark money’ into Europe over the…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2019

CPI-M releases manifesto, calls for anti-discriminatory bill

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) released its manifesto in New Delhi on March 28 calling for a comprehensive anti-discriminatory bill covering the LGBTQIA+ community of the country. In a significant…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2019

France sees rise in conversion therapies to ‘cure’ homosexuality

The film "Boy Erased" highlights controversial conversion therapies in the United States, which attempt to change homosexual children to heterosexual. This practice is surprisingly common in France.  In France, "sexual reorientations" are…

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