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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: 11/14/2018

Shedding the Last Layer: Gay India Awakens to New Freedom

In a country where nudity is neither commonplace nor commodity, the act of stripping publicly is often a political one — the same way the act of kissing, of hand holding, of…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

LGBT Veterans Honored at D.C. Wreath Laying Ceremony

Close to 100 people, including LGBT veterans and active duty LGBT service members, assembled at the grave site of gay Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery on Sunday to…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2018

Doncaster ‘Gay Pride’ Poppy Divides Opinion on Remembrance Sunday

A ‘gay pride' poppy decorated with LGBT rainbow colours has divided opinion after being shared by Doncaster Pride on Remembrance Sunday. The organisation shared the image - with part of the poppy’s…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Closing Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Same-sex marriage gives gay couples a “stamp of approval” not provided by domestic partnerships, a lawyer argued yesterday. Mark Pettingill, who argued against a government appeal to reverse a Supreme Court decision…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Let’s Do the Math on Gays in Malaysia

On Oct 29, an officer of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Mohd Izwan Mohd Yusof, claimed that the number of gay men in the country had increased from 173,000 to 310,000…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

LGBT+ Rights Take Center Stage in Mexico’s New Congress

A bill passed this week in Mexico's Senate granting same-sex couples equal social security benefits as heterosexuals now moves to the Chamber of Deputies, where advocates expect it will be voted into…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Thousands Attend Anti-LGBT Rally in W. Sumatra, Authorities Promise Harsh Laws to Stop Spread of ‘Virus’

Anti-LGBT hysteria seems to have once again taken hold in some parts of Indonesia, with near daily stories of authorities fanning the flames of hatred with discriminatory acts towards the vilified minority group.…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2018

The Hidden Gay History of the Yukon, Home to One of the Most Remote Prides

Driving into Whitehorse, Canada, the only city in the Yukon, you’d be forgiven for tucking away your rainbow flag. With the Sacred Heart church on the right and only a Tim Hortons…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2018

Scotland to Embed LGBTI Teaching Across Curriculum

Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Alan Turing: Visionary, War Hero and the Only Choice for the £50 Note

The Bank of England has decided that the next prominent figure to feature on the £50 note should be a scientist and have put the call out for nominations from the general public. For…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Election Night Brought a ‘Rainbow Wave’ of LGBT Victories. Will Change Follow?

The political map got a little more blue last night—but it also got a lot more rainbow. The 2018 midterm elections didn’t deliver on every potential LGBT advancement, but they did result in…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Myanmar is Arresting People for Being Gay Under Colonial-era Sodomy Law

At least two recent arrests of LGBTI Myanmar citizens using the country’s anti-gay law has shaken the community. Police have reportedly charged a local restaurant owner and a make-up artist, who both…

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