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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: 02/04/2023

Indian gay couples begin legal battle for same-sex marriage

Utkarsh Saxena and Ananya Kotia’s love story began just like any other college romance. Except no one else knew about the gay couple’s relationship. It was 2008. Homosexuality was yet to gain…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2023

Finland ends infertility requirement for transgender people

Lawmakers in Finland approved amendments Wednesday that will make it substantially easier for people to change their legally recognized gender in the Nordic country. The amendments, which are expected to take effect…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2023

LGBT activists welcome Pope to Congo as he dismisses anti-gay laws

Pope Francis is being welcomed by gay rights activists as he begins a tour of Congo and South Sudan. Speaking last week, ahead of his Africa trip, the head of the Catholic…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

LGBTQ+ History Month: Remembering the Glamour Boys – the gay MPs who warned 30s Britain about Nazism

In the 1920s and 1930s of buttoned-up Britain, homosexuality was an illicit act, and would remain that way until 1967 when the law changed in England and Wales. Even though gay culture was…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

The Americans Who Are Fleeing the United States

If there’s any truth to the popular superstition that a bird pooping on you brings good luck, then hopefully the pigeon that relieved itself on me on the chilly morning of November…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

Gang violence, death threats and police on dating apps: The brutal reality of being LGBTQ+ in Egypt

The LGBTQ+ community in Egypt is under attack from violent gangs and authorities, and a landmark documentary is detailing queer folks’ “relentless courage” in the face of “relentless oppression”. While homosexuality itself is…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

Gay man’s murder in Argentina underscores growing concerns over hate crimes

Authorities in Argentina’s Misiones province on Dec. 30 found a 20-year-old gay man dead with 42 stab wounds to his body. Alejo Portillo was found in the town of Colonia Azara. His…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2023

Uganda demands probe into ‘LGBTQ activities’ in schools

Anna, not her real name, sits in a chair at her home in Makindye, a suburb of Uganda's capital, Kampala. She showed DW the scars that are visible on her body, and…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2023

As Peru descends into chaos, queer people have a bigger priority than LGBTQ+ rights

When Gad Yola hit the red carpet on December 20th, 2022, the 26-year-old Peruvian drag queen wanted to make a statement. Nearly 6,000 miles away from her home, Yola was far from…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2023

Ukraine to Host its First Ever Queer Film Festival: ‘We Are Here, We Are Queer, and We Are Defending This Country’

Ukraine is to host its first ever queer film festival, it was announced at Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam. Sunny Bunny – named after Kyiv-based Molodist Film Fest’s non-competition section, established in 2001…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2023

Trump unveils sweeping attack on trans rights

Former President Trump is promising to radically roll back transgender rights if elected president in 2024. The big picture: Gender-affirming care would be directly under threat from Trump, who vowed in a…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2023

Gay soldier flees Russian missile strike during speech honoring Ukrainian LGBTQ+ servicemembers

During an exhibit honoring LGBTQ+ servicemembers in Ukraine, one servicemember speaking on video reportedly had to abruptly sign off to seek shelter when a Russian missile attack occurred. According to the Los…

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