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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: 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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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Varadkar Must Use US Trip to Speak on LGBTI Rights

While the Taoiseach has enjoyed a successful State-side trip so far — bumping into Arnold Schwarzenegger, visiting the site of JFK’s assassination, and thanking the Choctaw Native Americans for their donations during…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

LGBTI Community in Ghana Calls for a Referendum on Gay Rights

LGBTI Community in Ghana has put out a proposition to Parliament to consider opening a referendum for the public to vote in order to decide whether rights of members of their group…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Kenya: These People Are Fighting Laws That Punish LGBTI People For Having Sex

A group of activists and human rights lawyers in Kenya are challenging a dated criminal code in a case in which the outcome could have a huge impact across the whole of…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

Emma Gonzalez and Stoneman Douglas Gay-straight Alliance Receive Honors from Equality Florida

On Saturday, Equality Florida, the state’s foremost LGBTQ-rights group, presented its annual Voice for Equality award to Emma González and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance. “The students of MSD who are here…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

Japan: LGBTI Pioneer Calls for Strategy to Spread Message

Evan Wolfson, one of the chief architects of a movement that helped win same-sex marriage equality in the United States, told a seminar in Tokyo on Tuesday that the time is ripe…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2018

Stratford-upon-Avon LGBTI Stall Shuts Over ‘abuse’

An LGBT stallholder says he received more than 100 homophobic comments in one morning, including being told homosexuality is an “illness”. Daniel Browne, a member of Warwickshire Pride, set up an information…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2018

Colombia Just Elected its First Ever Openly LGBTI Senator

Angélica Lozano has become Colombia’s first ever openly LGBTI person to be elected to the country’s Senate. The bisexual congresswoman won a place in the upper house with 105,299 votes, as her…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2018

US No Longer LGBTI Rights World Leader, says Leo Varadkar

Mr Varadkar said he believed the majority of American people would agree with him, even if the Trump administration does not. The Irish premier made the comments during an interview at the…

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