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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: 12/08/2018

Homophobes threatened to light gay kids on fire at Canada school

Students members of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in Botwood, Canada, say that homophobic classmates threatened to set them on fire. Pupils at Botwood Collegiate high school in Newfoundland spoke out about their…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2018

LGBT-owned Denizens Brewery challenges straight bro beer culture

Washington residents need not be reminded that long nights, pizza and beer are staples of the political campaign lifestyle. When Julie Verratti and her wife, Emily Bruno, left their campaign lives in Boston…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2018

Hungary and Poland say no to LGBTIQ

"A Europe that protects" is Austria's motto for its presidency of the Council of the EU. But it couldn't agree to protect everyone. Hungary and Poland on Thursday torpedoed a joint statement by…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2018

Anti-trans group admits bathroom predator myth is made up

An anti-trans group has acknowledged the failure of bathroom predator scare-mongering tactics in the Massachusetts referendum on transgender rights protections. The realisation came as part of an analysis of the failure of…

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Instituto Nice Creates Opportunities for Trans Brazilians

“My dream is to get married and be able to guarantee my partner the right to stay on the small piece of land I have.” When Valeria Rodriguez heard this request from…

ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Fired for not using trans student’s pronouns, teacher argues ‘that is not tolerance’

Before he was fired for refusing to use male pronouns for a transgender student, Virginia teacher Peter Vlaming defended his convictions. “We are here today because a specific worldview is being imposed on…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Mexico Recognizes A Gay Couple’s U.S. Marriage In An Extremely Important First For The Country

Gay rights in Mexico is a tricky subject — same-sex marriage is legal in 12 of 31 states plus Mexico City, and gay marriages are federally recognized. However, it's still not technically…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Islamic exorcisms used as conversion therapy as Indonesian city moves against LGBT population

An Indonesian city has launched a new campaign to "cleanse" LGBT people of their "social sickness" through religious exorcisms, a move that's been seen as part of the country's growing intolerance towards the…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Welcome to Jamaica – no longer ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’

Early one late summer morning, more than 200 people gathered under the lush canopy of Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, for a breakfast party. It was all a far cry from the country that…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

LGBT equality remains a distant dream in Asia

The most LGBT-friendly country in Asia has rejected marriage equality. Amnesty International says the Nov. 24 referendum results are a bitter blow to the Taiwanese LGBT community that wishes their island nation…

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Tonga’s Leitis in Waiting

Tonga is distinguished for being the sole monarchy in the South Pacific. This unique status has been a blessing for the indigenous transgender community in the archipelago. Adopting the local name of…

ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Holiday Hiring in Brazil Reaches Out to Transgender Community

Brazilian LGBT+ rights activists on Tuesday hailed Dutch retailer C&A for directing a new hiring campaign at underrepresented minorities, including transgender people. The company announced that it would be hiring for 5,000…

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