• Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 09/13/2017

The Gay Chinese Farmer and His Cutting Edge Art

A gay Chinese farmer who found emotional release by depicting his suppressed erotic fantasies in traditional Chinese paper cuttings is part of an exhibition of gay Asian art in Taipei. The BBC’s…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

‘Yes!’: Marriage Equality Rally Sweeps Sydney – In Pictures

With Australia set for a postal vote over the legalisation of gay marriage, a crowd of an estimated 30,000 people rallied at Sydney town hall before marching to Circular Quay in support…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

How Hinduism is Fighting Homophobia Abroad

Rama Ramanuja Achari, head of the Australian Council of Hindu clergy, recently wrote a blog supporting same-sex unions. His argument: Same-sex attraction is not a personal choice like “Should I have dal…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

This Year’s Pride Week Starts in Belgrade

With Monday’s opening at Kalemegdan of the exhibition “Tolerance,” this year’s Pride Week started in Belgrade. It will feature several programs each day until September 17, when it will end with a…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

The Human Cost of Australia’s Gay Marriage Plebiscite

The Australian government will let people “have their say” on same-sex marriage. The Australian High Court ruled Thursday that the government’s postal plebiscite can proceed, so next week ballots will arrive by…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

Australian MP Tells LGBT+ People to “grow a spine” Over Same-sex Marriage

The National Mental Health Commission issued a warning on Monday about the negative effects the intense dialogue surrounding same-sex marriage could have on LGBT+ people, but not everyone is convinced. Former resources…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2017

Queer Getaways Give China’s LGBTI Tourists a Break From It All

The Beijing-based media worker is a seasoned traveler to many LGBTI-friendly destinations, jetting off regularly with a group to places such as Taipei and Bangkok with thriving queer scenes. “You could call Thailand…

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Helping Namibia Out of the Closet

News of a Pride March in Windhoek, Namibia appeared as a bolt of lightning. This remote, sparsely-populated nation on the south-west edge of Africa is a neighbor to LGBTI activism hotbeds like…

Intersectional Revolutionary

Rosmit Mantilla is a revolutionary in every sense of the word. He is the first openly gay man elected to the Venezuelan National Assembly. If that weren’t enough, he was elected to…

Working for Change

Helem is the leading organization protecting and promoting the rights of the LGBTIQ population of Lebanon. In fact, it was the first organization of its kind in the region when it launched…

No One Should Feel Alone

Eric Pham’s goal as an LGBTQ activist is simple - no queer person should feel alone. Around the world, millions of young queer folk know they are different. And, that difference creates…

LGBT Voices From Sudan

The Nile Valley area of Egypt and Sudan is not often thought of as a place where LGBTI persons can find support and build community. The cultural and legal restrictions around sexual…