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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: 11/29/2018

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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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

Theresa May faces equal marriage protesters on Northern Ireland trip

The Prime Minister visited Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday as part of a UK-wide charm offensive in order to win support for her Brexit deal. However, her speech at Queen’s University Belfast faced…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

Gay man refused justice after torture in Chechnya concentration camp

A gay man is speaking out after suffering torture in a Chechnya concentration camp. Maxim Lapunov was one of the first victims of the ‘gay purge‘ in March 2017. Unknown thugs grabbed…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

Why Taiwan LGBT vote must not make Hong Kong lose heart on gay rights

Yes. It is discouraging to see the LGBT community in Taiwan lose its reference battle on the passing of same-sex marriage laws (“Taiwan’s image as LGBT beacon hit by same-sex marriage rebuff”,…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

Australia: Liberal senators dig in as divisions over LGBT students widen

Liberal senators have refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions are replaced by other protections for religious freedom. Labor has claimed the move…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

Meet Russia’s gay priest: “The church should reach out”

It’s a warm afternoon in St. Petersburg, a crowd of shoppers fills the streets of Nevskiy Prospekt, the city’s main shopping street. None of the passersby seem to have ever heard of…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

Thailand’s move to recognise same-sex unions leaves LGBTI activists unimpressed

Thailand’s move to be the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex unions has come under fire from LGBTI rights groups. Advocacy campaigners say that the move to recognize same-sex unions falls short of allowing same-sex…

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