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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: 04/26/2018

HIV Drug Shortage May Put People’s Lives at Risk in Papua New Guinea

Stocks of anti-retroviral drugs to treat people living with HIV are at a critical shortage in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean has the ‘highest incidence and…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

Find Out Which Country is the Most LGBTQ-friendly – and Which is the Least

The report, titled Polarized Progress: Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 141 Countries, found that 80 out of 141 countries had seen an increase in acceptance of LGBTQ people since 1980, while 46…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Executive Director of Lalit Hotels Moves Supreme Court to Nix Anti-gay Law

More and more celebrities are rushing to the Supreme Court to get section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexual sex, scrapped. Keshav Suri, executive director of Lalit Hotels, is the…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Indian Government Told to Pick a Side on Anti-gay Law Ahead of Supreme Court Challenge

The Indian government has been asked to give its views on the country’s anti-gay sodomy law ahead of a Supreme Court challenge. Colonial-era penal code Section 377, which criminalises sex “against the…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2018

Pakistan Launches First School for Transgender People

Pakistan has opened its first school specialising in education for transgender people. The school launched in the city of Lahore, in the Punjab province, with 30 students enrolled. The institution, called The…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2018

Homophobe Mike Pompeo Likely to Win Confirmation as Nation’s Top Diplomat

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved the nomination of anti-LGBT politician Mike Pompeo as secretary of State, moving his nomination on to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. If approved…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2018

Coronation Street Actress Bhavna Limbachia: Muslim Girls Are Being Subjected to Gay ‘Cure’ Therapy

An actress who plays a gay Muslim on Coronation Street has said that fans often tell her they were subjected to gay ‘cure’ therapy. Bhavna Limbachia plays nurse Rana Nazir on the long-running ITV show, making history as…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Young Scots Author Creates Positive LGBT Role Model for Youths in Fantasy Novel

When Sophie Cameron was growing up in a small Highland village, teachers were forbidden by the notorious Section 28 from portraying homosexuality as normal. Now 30 and living in Barcelona with her…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Four in 10 Russians Say LGBT Fans Will Be Attacked at the World Cup

Four in 10 Russians think that LGBT fans will be attacked at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The build-up to this summer’s tournament has been overshadowed by fears that foreign supporters will…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

Christopher Wylie: The Gay Vegan Who ‘made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’

Steve Bannon ‘loved the gays’, according to the man who says he developed a tool to harvest personal data on millions of Americans for the US election. Christopher Wylie, a 28-year-old Canadian…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

Indonesia: Well Organized Advocacy Groups Take on Politicians

In Indonesia, the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights started to become a major national issue that grabbed world attention only a few years ago. In Aceh, the only province…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

LGBTI Student Group to Protest Steven Crowder Event at SMU

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in this city expressed support to the passage of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (Sogie) Bill, which is currently…

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