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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: 04/20/2021

The Ugandan mum who was once ashamed of her gay son

When Rita heard rumours that her son was gay she refused to believe it. At the time, she thought that homosexuality was an abomination - a "problem" that happened elsewhere, not in…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2021

‘It’s not safe’: Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom

George and Emily Spurrier are leaving their home of 16 years in central Arkansas due to a new law that will ban the health care that they say their 17-year-old transgender son…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2021

We cannot turn this country into a satanic one – Chieftaincy Minister rallies support from Chief Imam

The Chieftaincy and Religious Minister, Ebenezer Kojo Kum has asked for support from leaders of the Muslim community as measures are being put in place to prevent the practice of Lesbian, Gay,…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2021

‘End housing bias against gay couples’

Housing Authority should amend Home Ownership Scheme rules to rectify discrimination against gay couples, the high court heard yesterday. But the Housing Authority told high court judge Anderson Chow Ka-ming that changing…

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Thomas Roughan and Zsuzsanna Zsuro — Queer Budapest

Over two days in November 2020, attendees of the Queer Budapest Exhibition were able to explore contemporary queer culture in Budapest through the lens of a curated selection of artists currently operating…

ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

Halt Proposed Shariah Amendment Criminalising LGBTQ People

Malaysia is facing a serious threat to human rights and the HIV response with the announcement by a cabinet minister of the government’s plans to expand the jurisdiction of religious courts and…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

Kerala is pioneer in transgender rights. So where are the transgender voters?

Kerala has been a pioneer in the field of transgender rights in the country. It was the first state in India to announce a transgender policy after the 2014 Supreme Court judgment…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

Five officials from the inner circle of Chechnya’s autocratic leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, are the subject of a criminal complaint in Germany for crimes against humanity, in a legal attempt to seek justice…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

Gay former extremist Caolan Robertson says leaving the far-right was like escaping ‘a cult’

A gay former extremist Caolan Robertson has said that leaving the far-right was like leaving “a cult”, and explained how homophobia contributed to his radicalisation. Robertson grew up in the Republic of…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2021

Mormon sex therapist faces excommunication for supporting LGBT+ community

Natasha Helfer is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist, who is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as the…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2021

Nicola Sturgeon pledges action against gay conversion therapy and reaffirms commitment on gender recognition reform

Last week Boris Johnson disbanded an LGBT advisory panel, which had been appointed by Theresa May when she was prime minister, shortly after three members quit accusing the UK Government of dragging…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2021

Turkey’s women’s treaty exit legitimises crimes against women

Turkey’s withdrawal from a European treaty aimed at protecting women against violence is a major setback with catastrophic consequences for women, Turkish writer Elif Şafak told actress Angelina Jolie in an interview…

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