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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: 06/06/2018

Denmark Launches First LGBTI Action Plan

For the first time ever, a Danish government has launched a LGBTI action plan in a bid to prevent discrimination and promote equal opportunity and security for the LGBTI community. The plan…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

India has Banned LGBT+ film Love, Simon, but People are Fighting Back

India has banned the release of the LGBT+ film Love, Simon on the day it was due to be released - but people are fighting back. India's LGBT+ community has been left reeling in disbelief at…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

After 34 years, Trans Lawyer Quits DOJ Under Trump for LGBTI Legal Group

After working for the Justice Department for 34 years, a transgender attorney who objected to Trump administration anti-LGBTI policies has left her leadership position for work at a prominent LGBTI legal group.…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

More Than 300 Cossack Horseman will be Deployed ‘to monitor LGBT kissing’ in World Cup Host City

Some 300 Cossack horsemen are to be deployed in a World Cup city to stop members of the LGBT community from 'kissing'. The force will line up alongside police in Rostov-on-Don which…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

Mafia Villa to Become LGBTI Shelter in Italy

A villa seized from the mafia near Naples is to become a shelter for LGBTI Italians and migrants who have fled discrimination in their home countries, in a bid to foster acceptance…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2018

Italy’s New Minister for Family Says Gay Families ‘Don’t Exist’

Italy’s new Families minister has insisted that gay families ‘don’t exist’ legally in the country. Lorenzo Fontana was been named Italy’s new Minister for Family and Disability in the new cabinet appointed…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2018

Philippine City Passes Law Against LGBTI Discrimination

The Philippine city of Mandaluyong has approved an ordinance to protect the rights of LGBTI people from discrimination, the latest in a slew of local laws passed across the country. Mandaluyong’s anti-discrimination ordinance “prohibits such discriminatory acts as…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2018

Woman Not Slim and Fair Shoots to Phenomenal Stardom with LGBTI, Feminist Fan Base

When Wang first appeared on stage, she wore black overalls that exposed her round waist. The dark-skinned, stout 25-year-old wore heavy makeup, especially the eye liner, which made her look like a…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2018

Poll: 51% of White Evangelicals Support Business’ Refusal of Service to LGBTI Customers

While a majority of Americans oppose religion-based refusal of service to LGBT customers, most white evangelicals support such measures. A new Morning Consult poll shows that most Americans (57%) disagreed with businesses refusing to serve customers who…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2018

Supreme Court Sides With Colorado Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. The court’s decision was narrow, and it left…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2018

Hong Kong’s Top Court Hears Landmark Appeal on Spousal Visa for British Lesbian

Hong Kong’s top court on Monday began hearing the final appeal of a landmark LGBT rights case that has garnered public support from more than 30 top global banks and law firms,…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

German President Apologizes to LGBT Community for Decades of Injustice

Germany's president has asked the LGBT community for forgiveness for decades of suffering and injustice they endured as a result of repressive laws in Germany in the Nazi era and after World…

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