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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: 05/08/2018

LGBT Asylum Seekers in France Face Difficulties

There has been an increase in the number of LGBT people applying for asylum in France over the past few years. Several French associations, founded to help LGBT people in France, have…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

In the First Election In Nine Years, Lebanese LGBTI Rights Are Being Addressed

For the first time, Lebanon political officials are addressing—and fighting for—LGBT rights in the country. As CNN writes, elections are being held for the first time in nine years to determine Lebanon’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

Thailand: LGBT Vote Push Will Pay Off at Polls

The coup-led government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is looking to tap into yet another source of valuable votes after announcing plans to enact a law allowing same-sex civil partnerships by the end…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

There’s A New Mayor In Town – Texas Town Says YES To Gay Air Force Veteran

Some are reporting the news out of Del Rio Texas this morning as Gay Candidate Known for Wearing High Heels Wins Mayor’s Race in Texas. Yes, that will get us reading. It's…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2018

Russia: Bashkir Activists Say Police Idle As Gay-Bashing Campaign Gains Steam

On April 20, Kristina Abramicheva, who heads the Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT for Equal Rights in the Bashkortostan capital, Ufa, posted an alarming warning on her Facebook page. “In Ufa there…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2018

Majority of U.S. Muslims Now Support Gay Marriage, While White Evangelical Christians Remain Opposed

Opposition to same-sex marriage has decreased across a broad swath of religious groups in the United States, with white evangelical Christians one of the few movements for which a majority remains in opposition.…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Same-sex Marriage a Must for Nation Famed for Tolerance

The fight for same-sex marriage remains an uphill battle in Thailand, a country known for its tolerance of people of different sexual orientations, despite a draft bill being pushed for the cause,…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Explain Stand on Gay Sex: India’s Top Court Issues Notice to Government

India’s government must explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same sex adults, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, setting a July deadline for a response. The court had heard petitions…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

11 Things to Know about Scott Lively, the Anti-Gay Pastor Challenging Charlie Baker

The notorious homophobe has the blessing of the MassGOP to face Governor Baker in a primary. Scott Lively is not going to be the governor. You know it. He knows it. And the delegates…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Singaporeans Sign Petition to Lower Rating for Gay Romance

“Love, Simon”, a Hollywood romantic comedy-drama about a gay 17-year-old boy, has been rated R21 here. In its film classification online, the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) noted that the…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

Northern Ireland: Supreme Court to Hear Christian Bakery ‘Gay Cake’ Case Four Years On

The Supreme Court will sit in Northern Ireland for the first time to judge whether a bakery refusing to make a cake with a same-sex marriage slogan is discriminatory. Ashers Bakery in Belfast, which…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared…

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