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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: 01/14/2021

South Korean firm suspends LGBT-hating chatbot over hate speech

A popular AI-driven chatbot in South Korea with the persona of a 20-year-old female student was taken down this week after it was accused of bigotry towards sexual minorities, the #MeToo movement…

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Hong Kong workplaces lag behind rest of Asia in LGBT acceptance, study finds

Attention to workplace diversity and inclusion (D&I) has been on the rise in recent years. Among key areas of D&I, many are calling for advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) inclusion. But…

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Poland plans to make censoring of social media accounts illegal

Polish government officials have denounced the deactivation of Donald Trump’s social media accounts, and said a draft law being readied in Poland will make it illegal for tech companies to take similar…

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Court blocks Trump’s sad assault on LGBT+ asylum seekers as administration’s death rattle rings out

A court has shot down Donald Trump‘s sweeping new immigration rules that would make it significantly harder for LGBT+ people to claim asylum. The Department of Homeland Security had issued drastically revised…

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Transgender Man Murdered in Puerto Rico

(WB) A transgender man was murdered in Puerto Rico on Jan. 9. Media reports indicate authorities found Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín’s body in the middle of a highway in Trujillo Alto, a…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

INTERVIEW-Greece’s first gay minister hopes appointment helps erode homophobia

LONDON, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Greece’s first openly gay minister said encountering homophobia in public life was “a given”, but hoped his appointment to the conservative government would make it…

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WOMAN WHO THREATENED TO BOMB SCHOOL PLEADS GUILTY TO HATE CRIMES

After threating to kill students and teachers by bombing the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington DC in May 2019, a woman has plead guilty to hate crimes. Enraged by the school’s…

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Popular rabbi warns followers COVID vaccine ‘could make you gay’

A popular rabbi urged his followers not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, warning them that doing so, it might "turn them" into homosexuals. Rabbi Daniel Asor's assertion goes against decrees issued…

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Polish activists face jail for sticking up Virgin Mary posters with rainbow halo

The trial of three Polish activists accused of “offending religious beliefs” will start on Wednesday, according to LGBT+ rights organisation ILGA-Europe, and could result in each one being jailed for up to…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

Dept. of Ed Says Title IX Does Not Apply to LGBTQ Discrimination

The United States Department of Education’s Office of the General Counsel published a memorandum on Friday that states that LGBTQ students are not expressly included in protections under Title IX, the law…

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Move to make state gender identity more inclusive in SA

Move to make state gender identity more inclusive in SA Article by Roberto Igual | January 12, 2021 | In HEADLINES The South African government wants to update the country’s gender identity…

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UNAIDS calls for the LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times

UNAIDS calls for the LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. GENEVA, 12 January 2021—UNAIDS is concerned that the vilification of lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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