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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: 12/31/2018

A LGBTI activist in Malaysia speaks out

A 96-second video of an apparent homophobic attack has been circulating in Malaysia this week. A group of individuals verbally abuse, then violently attack, two men. The group accused the two of…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2018

Japan’s tourism industry looks to LGBT market

Japan’s tourism industry is looking for ways to attract LGBT visitors from overseas and take advantage of their tendency to spend more than average tourists. Tourism-related businesses all over the world are…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Watch – Marielle and Monica: the LGBT activists resisting Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Marielle Franco, Brazilian LGBT and human rights activist, was killed in March 2018. Her widow, Monica Benicio, continued her fight for better treatment of the poor, the LGBT community and black Brazilians.…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

This Egyptian LGBT couple received threats post-engagement in Canada

For two Egyptian women, being in a relationship without risking their lives meant traveling all the way to Canada. Soon after they arrived there, Miral Mokhtar and Nouran El Gendy decided to…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Donors cut aid to Tanzania after rights crackdown

Tanzania's tough-talking president John Magufuli has earned respect by fighting corruption, but international donors are now concerned by crackdowns on human rights. The European Union, Tanzania's biggest development partner, and the World Bank…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Life is hard as a gay refugee

I am a Ugandan man living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya, where I am seeking asylum. I am 23 years old, the second child to parents who did not accept…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2018

Students hijack Ofsted signs in bid for LGBT inclusive sex ed in 2019

A group of student activists have created banners in the style of those made by Ofsted, the UK schools regulator, in a bid to highlight the lack of LGBT+ inclusive sex and…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2018

Guyana bisexual seeks to become Anglican priest

Family and God are priorities of Marvin Junior Livan, an openly bisexual citizen of Guyana who aspires to become an Anglican priest. "I knew I was bisexual at the age of nine.…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2018

Activists Agree With Canada Warning To Lgbtqi Community

TWO LGBTQI activists yesterday agreed with Canadian government’s crime advisory warning Canadians to consider the risks of traveling to The Bahamas because homosexuality is not widely accepted. Alexus D’Marco, a lesbian, gay,…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2018

Trans soldier Hannah Graf among those celebrated in New Year’s honors list

Trans soldier Hannah Graf has been celebrated in the New Year’s honors list among a whole host of exceptional people in the United Kingdom. The honors and bravery list gives out titles to people…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Interview: Indonesians are gay-friendly if not brainwashed

Dede Oetomo is the founder and trustee of the Indonesian LGBT advocacy group GAYa Nusantara Foundation, based in Surabaya. "Indonesia has always been conservative and it has gotten better in some ways.…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Trans protestors in India demand repeal of controversial bill

Members of the trans community in Mumbai, India have protested a bill which was designed to protect their rights. The bill has been highly controversial among the trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming communities. The…

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