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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: 07/23/2018

Turkish Homophobic Leaflets Blame ‘British State’ for Homosexuality

Homophobic leaflets blaming the “British deep state” for “forcing” people into homosexuality have reportedly been distributed in Turkey. The anti-gay notices which allegedly say “homosexuality is despicableness and can be turned away…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

Israel Sees Nationwide LGBT Strike Over Homophobic Discrimination

An estimated 60,000 people attended a rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday evening, capping a day of demonstrations and a partial strike around the country in support of equal rights…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

Cuba’s New Constitution Would Allow Same-sex Marriages

The new constitution being debated this weekend by Cuban legislators would provide a legal path for same-sex marriage, an important demand of the socialist island’s LGBT community. The document’s Article 68 would…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

New York Times LGBTI Coverage Censored in Qatar: Report

Qatar reportedly censored recent articles published in The New York Times International Edition featuring coverage of LGBTI issues. Entire articles published between April and July were blacked out in the newspaper, ABC…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Cuba’s Draft Constitution Opens Path to Gay Marriage

LGBTI rights activists in Cuba supported the proposal with posters reading "I am in favour of Cuban design " showing different family configurations including same-sex unions. The draft of Cuba's new constitution…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Singapore’s version of gay pride marks 10th year

Singapore's LGBTI community marked the 10th year of its gathering on Saturday despite restrictions on foreign sponsorship that had threatened the annual event last year. Thousands of people from the LGBTI movement…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Not Just Section 377, the Law Isn’t Straight for a Queer Person in India

Can a trans-woman report sexual harassment at work against a colleague? Does a queer person have the right to claim property that belonged to their parents or other family members? Can a…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

This Anti-Gay Congressman’s Bill Would Ban US Embassies from Flying LGBT Pride Flag

A Republican U.S. Congressman from South Carolina wants to make sure America's embassies around the world don't promote equality or recognize Pride month. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina has filed a bill that would…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

LGBT Activist Numan Afifi Puts Resignation Episode Behind Him, Says Being Offered Jobs Abroad

Numan Afifi Saadan, who was the press officer to Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, shared on social media that when one door closes, other doors will open. That was…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2018

Cape Verde: The LGBTI Pride Week in Praia, Cabo Verde

Last month, Praia hosted another LGBTI Pride Week with the support of Cape Verdean Institute for Gender Equality and Equity (ICIEG), the Spanish Cooperation and the City Hall, amongst other partners. It…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2018

Qatar Is Censoring LGBT News Coverage Ahead of 2022 World Cup

2022 World Cup host Qatar is censoring coverage of LGBT rights, it has been reported. A report from ABC News today alleges that between April and July this year, nine articles were censored in the edition…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2018

It’s Legal to Discriminate Against LGBT People in Michigan, Says State Attorney General

Michigan has halted investigations of anti-LGBT discrimination after the state’s Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a formal opinion that affirms it’s legal to discriminate in the state. There is no federal law in the US…

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