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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: 07/31/2021

Ukraine LGBTQ activists hold rave to demand govt punish attacks

Dozens of people took part in a rave party outside the Ukrainian president's office Friday to demand the authorities protect LGBTQ rights, sparking scuffles between police and right-wing protesters trying to prevent…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2021

Con Court: Jon Qwelane guilty but hate speech definition amended

In a long-fought victory for SA’s LGBT+ community, the Constitutional Court has upheld the Jon Qwelane hate speech conviction but ordered that the Equality Act be amended. On Friday, the court found…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

New Zealand introduces bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

WELLINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

Hungarian election panel clears questions of LGBT referendum

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary’s National Election Committee (NEC) approved on Friday the government’s list of questions on LGBT issues it wants to put on a referendum as part of what Prime Minister…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

Kazakhstan: LGBT, women’s rights activists besieged by mob

A training seminar held this week by feminists and LGBT activists in a mining city in central Kazakhstan might have ended in violence but for the intervention of police. A group of…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

Ghana poised to vote on ‘worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever,’ advocates warn

Draft legislation in Ghana would make identifying as gay or even an ally to the LGBTQ community a second-degree felony punishable by five years in prison — with advocating for LGBTQ rights…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

LGBT Turks Take Stock After Disrupted Pride Celebrations

ISTANBUL - More than a month after Turkish authorities crushed Pride-themed events in Istanbul, emotions still run raw for members of the country's embattled LGBT community. "There was lots of violence. I…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

‘About time’: LGBTQ Olympic athletes unleash a rainbow wave

TOKYO (AP) — When Olympic diver Tom Daley announced in 2013 that he was dating a man and “couldn’t be happier,” his coming out was an act of courage that, with its…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

LGBT+ campaigners demand inclusion at first UK ‘Reclaim Pride’ march

LONDON, July 24 (Openly) - Holding banners and shouting slogans of defiance, thousands of LGBT+ people took to the streets of London on Saturday to protest against the perceived commercialisation of Britain's…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

Ghana: anti-gay bill proposing 10-year prison sentences sparks outrage

Draft anti-gay legislation submitted to Ghana’s parliament could propose up to 10 years in jail for LGBTQ+ people as well as groups and individuals who advocate for their rights, express sympathy or…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2021

Pervasive racism a toxic problem in Vancouver’s LGBTQ community, say activists

Vancouver will be awash with rainbow flags this weekend as people celebrate LGBTQ pride and yet, while the city is perceived by many as an inclusive and safe space to be your…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2021

Judge dismisses legal challenges to transgender student protections

A Lynchburg Circut Court Judge dismissed legal challenges to block the Virginia Department of Education’s new policies on protecting transgender students. Earlier this spring, two lawsuits were filed, which were eventually consolidated…

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