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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: 11/30/2018

LGBT+ groups welcome same-sex marriage amendment to bill

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-plus (LGBT+) advocacy groups have welcomed the adoption of the Civil Union Amendment Bill that will compel marriage officers at Home Affairs to officiate at same-sex marriages even…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

LGBTQ asylum-seekers in Europe subjected to stereotyping and humiliation, rights group says

Navid Jafartash fled Iran in 2014 because he feared for his life: He is gay, and homosexuality is illegal in Iran and in some cases punishable by death. He went to Vienna, where…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise – experts

Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases last year. Most new cases in the…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

Transgender People In Chile Can Now Legally Change Their Gender On Official Documents

Transgender people 14-years-old and older in Chile will now be legally allowed to change their gender marker on official documents thanks to a bill signed into law by President Sebastian Pinera today.…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

After Marriage Equality Defeat in Taiwan, LGBT Support Hotline Sees Spike

This weekend, voters turned out against marriage equality in a series of referendums that were meant to decide how Taiwan would implement a 2017 court ruling. Now, according to reports, calls to an…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

How the Supreme Court Could Change LGBTI People’s Lives for Good — or Bad

Over the past 20 years, the Supreme Court has established basic rights for gays and lesbians — the right to marry the person you love regardless of sex or gender, the right to private…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

These Hot Philippine Social Media Stars are Urging People to Test for HIV

Ahead of World AIDS Day this week, some of the Philippines’ hottest online personalities are encouraging the LGBT community to test for HIV. Influencers in the capital, Manila, have launched the ‘Taking…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

Russian Police Reportedly Confiscated a Schoolkid’s Painting of Same-sex Couples Made for a UN International Day of Tolerance

Police in Russia reportedly confiscated 17 pictures painted by school kids for a UN "International Day of Tolerance," one of which showed people of the same sex together. Police went to School 155 in…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

In the dark about safe sex: HIV/Aids spreads among China’s elderly

HIV and Aids infection rates are rising among elderly Chinese, due to a lack of understanding about safe sex and a reluctance to discuss it with doctors, a Shanghai-based online news outlet…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

UK: Asylum-seeking Zimbabwean referee publicly outed as gay retells blackmail story

Zimbabwean referee Raymond Mashamba, 30, knew from the time he was 14-years-old that he was gay but managed to keep his sexuality a secret because of societal attitudes about homosexuality. To conform…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

LGBTQ Movements Gain Energy Across SE Asia

Growing up as a transgender woman in Singapore, Sheila says she lived in fear of her parents "finding out who she is. As a result of me trying to express my liking of feminine…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

Meet The World’s First LGBTQ Synagogue

Since opening its doors in 1972 in Los Angeles, Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), which means “house of new life,” has offered a Reform, progressive space for LGBT Jewish individuals who had previously…

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