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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: 08/26/2018

In Brazil, ‘Queer Museum’ Is Censored, Debated, Then Celebrated

Had it gone as planned, an exhibition that opened last year in Brazil — which included a drawing of smiling children with the words “transvestite” and “gay child” stenciled across them —…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

Irish Prime Minister Raises LGBTI Issues During Papal Visit

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised LGBTI-specific issues during Pope Francis’ two-day visit to the country. Varadkar, who is openly gay, on Saturday in a speech in front of Francis at Dublin Castle pointed out…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2018

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Ends Adoption, Foster Services to Avoid Placing Kids With Gay Couples

Catholic Charities of Buffalo will no longer provide foster care and adoption services to new clients because a New York state law would force it to violate Catholic teachings on homosexuality and…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2018

At World Meeting of Families, Catholic Leaders Address Sex Abuse Scandal, LGBT Inclusion

A range of challenges to family life in the 21st century — from poor communication and alienation to sexual misconduct and the treatment of LGBT persons — dominated conversation at the Catholic…

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ADDED ON: 08/24/2018

Austria Rejects ‘Gay’ Asylum Seeker’s Claim Because He Acted Too ‘girlish’

Austria has rejected the asylum claim of an Iraqi who claimed he could not return home because he is gay, saying he acted too 'girlish' in his assessment interview, reports said Thursday.…

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ADDED ON: 08/24/2018

Artists Repaint Gothenburg Trams for LGBT Rights

Gothenburg Public Transportation company Västtrafik invited artists from Sweden’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities to repaint six trams as part of August’s EuroPride celebration. Prints of the tram photographs will be…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Brazil: LGBTI Leader Killed in Bahia Amid Atmosphere of ‘Impunity’

Marcelo Cerqueira, president of the Gay Group of Bahia, said the murder of Cruz Santana “is the most concrete expression of homophobia." Marcos Cruz Santana, a 40-year-old social activist, and leader of…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Where Does Brett Kavanaugh Stand on LGBTI Rights? It’s a Mystery

Most LGBT people come out. Brett Kavanaugh’s views on LGBT people, by contrast, seem to be staying in the closet. As LGBT advocacy groups rush to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee during the build-up to September’s…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Most Russians Think There’s a Secret LGBTI Group Trying to Undermine Their Society

A new study being pushed by the Kremlin proves that Russians are just as stupid as Americans. 63% of Russians believe “there is a group of people who are trying to destroy the…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Love is Love: LGBTI Community Calls for Acceptance in Legal Battle

# LOVE is LOVE was the overall message conveyed by members of the gay and lesbian community on Tuesday during the legal challenge in which certain members of the Dutch Reformed Church…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Khalid Samad to Sue NGO Head Over Gay Fest Claim

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said today he will sue the chairman of a Muslim group who accused him of approving a purported gay festival here. Khalid dismissed the allegation as baseless,…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

‘We deserve better’ Campaigners Pull Out of Belfast Rally After Request to Reconsider Speakers

A campaign group has pulled out of co-hosting a 'we deserve better' event in Belfast after it was asked to reconsider inviting LGBTI and pro-choice speakers. The campaign, started by Dylan Quinn from…

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