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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: 05/14/2018

Activists Pushing Ahead to Raise Awareness of Gay Culture in Bolivia

“Dark-skinned, poor and queer” is how Edgar Solis – a member of the Maricas Bolivia (Bolivia Queers) movement – defines himself, a lawbreaker at times but a tenacious defender of free love…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2018

Cubans Show LGBTQ Pride with Flags and Dancing in Havana Parade

Salsa music blasted through the streets of Havana's Vedado neighborhood on Saturday as hundreds of people danced and waved rainbow flags during a march to mark the 11th annual Cuban Campaign against…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

Ghana: Stop ‘Forcing’ African Leaders to Legalize Homosexuality’

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has chastised the Western world over attempts to lure African leaders into embracing homosexuality. Expressing his abhorrence for the act on Metro TV’s Good Evening…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

British LGBT Awards 2018: Sandi Toksvig And Sue Perkins Lead The Winners

The stars of ‘Great British Bake Off’ past and present lead the winners at this year’s British LGBT Awards. The show’s former presenter Sue Perkins and current host Sandi Toksvig were honoured at the third annual event held in…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

Breaking the Norm! Transgender-Couple in Kerala Gets Legally Married

What can only be described as a triumphant victory for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community in India, the first legal trans-couple in Kerala got married on Thursday, May 10. Ishan…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Censor Attacks Health Website

Earlier this week, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal agency responsible for overseeing online and media content, took steps to shutter ParniPlus, a website raising awareness about the exploding HIV epidemic among men who have…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Portugal’s President Vetoes New Gender-Change Law

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed a law that would have made it easier for people to change their gender and name in documents. The law, approved by parliament last…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2018

Looking for Rohmer Challenges China’s Cinematic Gay Taboo

A low-budget film has made headlines in China, not for its glowing success at the box office or critical acclaim, but simply because it made it into cinemas at all. Looking for…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2018

Banned Director Wants to Turn Africa’s Image on its Head

Wanuri Kahiu is remarkably chipper for someone who went from national hero to being accused of corrupting Kenyan youth in little over a week. Her film “Rafiki”, a touching love story between…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2018

Pakistan Passes Law Guaranteeing Transgender Rights

Pakistan’s parliament has approved a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people in a country which sees prevalent discrimination. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) act was passed by a majority in…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2018

New NRA Chief Once Compared Fighting Gay Rights to Fight Against Slavery

“Some say that we must ignore social issues, like the definition of marriage, the sanctity of life, religious freedoms,” North said. “I say those are not social issues, they are deeply moral…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2018

Eurovision Song Contest 2018: People Loved Ireland’s Emotional Gay Dance Routine

Ireland has made it to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in five years – as fans applauded a moving same-sex dance routine. The country squeaked through…

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