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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: 08/15/2018

Minister in Poland Calls LGBTI March a ‘parade of sodomites’

Poland's right-wing defense minister has used the term “sodomites” to describe those who took part in a weekend LGBT pride parade. Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Sunday on TV Trwam, a Catholic,…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2018

Two teenage girls in South Africa have been expelled for kissing

Two South African girls have been expelled for kissing each other. The teenagers were thrown out of Durban’s Inanda Seminary, a private Christian boarding school for girls, after seminary officials said they…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Same-sex Marriage Activists Face an Uphill Climb Ahead of Gay Rights Referendums

In the run-up to the three gay rights referendum proposals, pro-marriage equality activists face difficulties mobilizing support. As tens of thousands cheered in May last year when the same-sex marriage ban was…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Catholic LGBT Group Rejected by Event Pope will Attend in Dublin

An organisation representing LGBT Catholics around the world has been denied permission for a stall at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, which Pope Francis is attending on 25 August. The Global Network…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Indonesian President’s Running Mate Called for LGBTI Activities to Be Criminalized

Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed concern about the Indonesian president’s running mate, who has a history of clamping down on LGBTI people. Last week President Joko Widodo selected Ma’ruf Amin as his…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Suspended Councillor said Gay People ‘unnatural and wrong’

A councilor has been suspended for describing homosexuality as "unnatural, perverted, immoral and wrong". Former Monmouthshire county councilor Graham Down also made a comparison between homosexuality and pedophilia, according to an adjudication…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Voguing for Freedom: Lebanon’s LGBTQ Fight for Equal Rights

When it comes to gay rights, Lebanon is known as one of the more liberal countries in the Middle East -- yet homosexuality has had a complicated legal status. The Lebanese Penal…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Thousands March on Ninth Anniversary of Shooting at Tel Aviv Gay Youth Center

Two thousand young people marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the deadly shooting at the city’s Barnoar gay youth center and demand an end to discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Priest James Martin Not Bothered by ‘oceans of Hate and Threats’ for His Pro-LGBT Stance Ahead of Pope Francis Visit to Dublin

A pro-LGBT priest says he’s not bothered by “oceans of hate and threats” against him for speaking in support of the gay community. Fr James Martin will be given a platform at…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Teenager Becomes First Minor Prosecuted under Russia’s Anti-gay ‘propaganda’ Laws

A schoolboy has become the first minor to be prosecuted under Russia’s strict “gay propaganda” laws. Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old from the city of Biysk, was reportedly fined £50,000 rubles (£580) by…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Mujahid: Meeting with Nisha Ayub Does Not Imply Support for LGBT Culture

Datuk Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa has made it clear that his recent meeting with transgender advocate Nisha Ayub does not signify his endorsement for the LGBT community. “I would like to stress…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Dancing for Equality, LGBT Pinoys Make History at Gay Games

Members of the Filipino LGBTQ+ community swept the world off their feet as they made history at this year's Gay Games in Paris, France. Out of over dozens of pairs from across…

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