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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: 01/31/2023

Gay deaf man shared ‘hurtful’ Grindr messages to make an important point about ableism

As a gay man who is deaf, Hayden Ira May has had his fair share of choice Grindr messages. Hayden tells PinkNews that his love life “looks similar to that of a…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2023

Congolese rebel group displaces Transgender people

M23 rebels in Congo’s North Kivu province have displaced a number of Transgender people and left them even more vulnerable to persecution. M23 rebels last November approached Goma, the province’s capital city,…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2023

How Egyptian police hunt LGBT people on dating apps

In Egypt, homosexuality is highly stigmatised, and there have long been allegations that police are hunting LGBT people online. Now BBC News has seen evidence of how the authorities are using dating…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2023

Brihonnola launches campaign to ensure accessible educational environment for transgender students

A primary school-focused campaign is initiated to ensure an accessible educational environment for transgender students in educational institutions titled “Campaign for Trans-inclusive School Environment” by Brihonnola – an organization led by students…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2023

PROUD Academy, set to open in September, will be CT’s first school for LGBTQ youth

Early in her teaching career, Patricia Nicolari was harassed by her students, who assumed she was a lesbian. Some sneered “I have a dyke for a teacher.” A vandal scratched “lez” in big…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2023

Transgender persons included in income support programme

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Shazia Marri said on Sunday that transgender community was being formally included in the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). Speaking at a programme held…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2023

Scotland introduces new measures as transgender prisoner policy reviewed

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Scottish government said on Sunday it would review the management of trans prisoners and introduce measures in the meantime to stop transgender people with a history…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2023

Niger leader plans to outlaw gay sex, execute married same-sex couples

The president of the West African nation of Niger is laying the groundwork for enacting harsh anti-homosexuality laws in his country, where same-sex intimacy is currently legal. He proposes the death penalty…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2023

Mumbai: Rainbow colours everywhere mark pride march’s 15 years

Discord among different queer rights organisations seemed to have clouded the otherwise flamboyant rainbow of the pride march, held in the city on Saturday. The first LGBTQIA+ pride to be held after…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2023

Plans for anti-LGBT bylaws raise specter of persecution

State-sponsored discrimination looks to be on the rise in the country ahead of the 2024 general elections, with plans to enact new anti-LGBT bylaws in several regions gaining traction after the mayor…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

Cameroonian transgender activist arrives in Belgium after receiving asylum

A transgender activist from Cameroon has arrived in Belgium, where she was given asylum. Despite suffering violent attacks, she had to spend over a year in exile in Nigeria while her claim…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

LGBTQ GHANAIANS FACE ATTACKS FOLLOWING ANTI-GAY BILL

One calm evening last November, Kwaku Frimpong was heading to the premiere of Black Panther in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, when a policeman stopped their Uber. Frimpong thought it was one of…

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