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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: 12/21/2018

Protests against transgender bill erupt in India

Transgender Indians on Wednesday (19 December) protested against a bill claiming to protect their rights. India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill on Monday. But, the…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Marriage amendment removed from new Cuba constitution

The Cuban government on Tuesday announced the draft of the country’s new constitution will not contain an amendment that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based reporter…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Explainer: What is a ‘terf’ and what’s going on with the UK’s debate on transgender rights?

IN 2015, IRELAND became the fourth country in the world to enshrine in law the right to gender recognition based on self-declaration. The historic move was a vital one for transgender people in…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Bermuda Government Appeals Ruling Against Marriage Repeal Law

The government of Bermuda has asked a British territories appellate court to overturn a ruling against a law that rescinded marriage rights for same-sex couples. The appeal was filed in the Privy…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Catholic schools in Ireland may have to include LGBTI topics in sex ed

According to a new report on sex education in Ireland, Catholic schools in the country may have to start including LGBTI topics. The Oireachtas Education Committee released a draft of the report. It reveals some dramatic changes in…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Nicaragua’s rainbow revolutionaries

A humble cinderblock home with a tin roof in a poor neighborhood in the Costa Rican capital of San José has become a refuge for nearly 40 gay Nicaraguan youth who played…

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Kakuma: From Celebration to Desperation

2018 has been a year of incredible highs and lows for LGBTI refugees in housed in Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp. In early June, Refugee Flag Kakuma - a loose-knit organization of…

ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Gay arrests in Malawi: More mixed signals on gay rights

The southeast African country of Malawi remains torn about homosexuality — unwilling to repeal its anti-homosexuality law, but also unwilling to enforce it. This month’s arrest and subsequent release of a gay…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Fleeing persecution, LGBT+ migrants seek refuge in South America

Growing up in Jamaica's Montego Bay, Glenroy enjoyed an idyllic childhood - until his family discovered he was gay. They physically attacked him and threw him out of the house, triggering an…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

Since the Nigerian government passed into law the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act (SSMPA), LGBT Nigerians have continued to suffer many forms of discrimination as well as exclusion from society. Many wallow in…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Ugandan youth worker says being unemployed makes young men gay

A youth worker in Uganda has suggested that being unemployed makes young men gay. Ishahak Mugema also said he wants the government to open more factories for youths to work in, and…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Anti-LGBT campaign in Israel brands same-sex love as ‘poison’

A religious group in Israel has launched a new anti-LGBT+ campaign which brands same-sex love as “poison” and advocates for conversion therapy. The campaign – which has been launched by the Movement…

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