• Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 08/16/2019

Prague Pride March attracts 30,000 supporters, but faces minor protests

The annual Prague Pride March on August 10 attracted approximately 30,000 participants, despite some rain. The march, and a week of Prague Pride events ahead of it celebrate the LGBT+ community. The…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/16/2019

Côte d’Ivoire: Bill to Amend Marriage Law Approved

On March 27, 2019, the Council of Ministers of Côte d’Ivoire approved a bill that would substantially amend the country’s marriage law. It must now be presented to the Parliament, where, if…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/16/2019

‘Scandal’ as English gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

Delays in rolling out an HIV prevention pill in England are putting gay men's lives at risk, with thousands buying it online without medical supervision, HIV campaigners said on Wednesday. England is…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/16/2019

How Multinationals Can Help Advance LGBT Inclusion Around the World

As the rainbow flags come down in New York City after the WorldPride and Stonewall 50 celebrations, and as flags go up for pride events in other parts of the world, it’s…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/16/2019

Mumbai: LGBT people raise clamour for gender-neutral laws

Two city youths have decided to take the next step in the assertion of LGBT rights and have more queer-friendly laws in the country. To enable their quest, Shrushti Mane and Varun…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/15/2019

Bill to allow transgender people to change birth certificate without surgery clears first hurdle in Victoria

A bill to allow transgender and gender diverse people to change the sex listed on their birth certificate without surgery has cleared its first hurdle, passing the Victorian legislative assembly on Thursday.…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/15/2019

Bus driver suspended after ‘refusing to drive double-decker celebrating gay pride’

A bus driver has been suspended amid claims he refused to drive a vehicle with a rainbow-coloured service number on the front. The driver allegedly told passengers in Norwich: "This bus promotes…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/14/2019

Far-right anti-gay party links LGBT, Reform Jews to Nazis

A new campaign video by the Noam party, which went viral on Tuesday evening among Hebrew-speaking social media users, compares Reform Jews, left-wing activists and gay rights advocates to Nazis and Palestinian…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/14/2019

Fear: If unchained, faith-based bias would crush LGBT medical care

Gay Africans barred from medical care. A rise in HIV infections in homophobic countries. Reduced access to health care for LGBTI people both in the United States and abroad. Those are some…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/13/2019

MORE THAN 1 IN 5 SCOTS DON’T ACCEPT LGBT PEOPLE

Research has suggested over 1 in 5 Scots (21%) would not describe themselves as open-minded and accepting of LGBT lives. In a survey of 1,005 Scottish people between 3rd and 10th May…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/13/2019

India SC Rejects Review Plea Seeking Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking review of its order which had rejected a petition seeking various civil rights such as same-sex marriage, adoption and surrogacy for the LGBTQ community.…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/13/2019

Lawsuits in Four Caribbean Countries Challenge Colonial-era Sodomy Laws

LGBTI people in four Caribbean countries over the last year have filed lawsuits against their nations’ colonial-era sodomy laws. Javin Johnson and Sean Macleish on July 26 filed a lawsuit against two…

GO TO FULL STORY