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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: 04/18/2021

‘Being trans is not something you put on and take off. It’s part of who you are’

Rowan Moore’s son Felix came out as transgender to his family seven years ago, when he was 19. Here they address some of the significant themes in the discussion about trans rights…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2021

Gay couple fights Namibian government over surrogate-born twins

On a calm autumn afternoon, newborn twins Maya and Paula lay peacefully on a mattress at a Johannesburg house, blissfully taking turns to bottle-feed and nap, oblivious of the uncertainty over their…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2021

LGBT People Fleeing Harassment in Iran Find Life No Easier in Turkey

For hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Iranians who fled their homeland because of persecution for who they are, moving to Turkey was not a significant improvement. Sexual and gender minorities…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2021

EU urged to ban ‘discriminatory’ AI tools that detect gender or sexuality

A cross-party group of European lawmakers called on Friday for an EU ban on artificial intelligence (AI) systems that detect and label people according to gender or sexuality, saying the technology was…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2021

How a Canadian court system officially ended misgendering in the courtroom

For trans people, navigating the judicial system can feel daunting at the best of times, and unsafe at worst. If you have to present in court, how can you be sure your…

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Ali Bousselmi — Mawjoudin, Tunisia

Ali Bousselmi is the co-founder and executive director of Mawjoudin, meaning “We Exist,” a Tunisian-based NGO that works towards achieving equality for the LGBTI community and other marginalized groups and individuals. In…

ADDED ON: 04/16/2021

Cameroon: Abuses of LGBTQ People Increasing in Cameroon

Human Rights Watch said in a report this week that LGBTQ people are suffering a fresh wave of persecution in Cameroon, where same-sex relations are illegal. The group said in February, police…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2021

Kyrgyzstan: National-patriots attack women’s rights rally

Women’s rights campaigners in Kyrgyzstan’s capital were assaulted by dozens of self-styled traditionalists on April 14 while holding a rally to call on the government to do more to combat gender-based violence.…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2021

Thai LGBT couple speak out against Indonesia’s online bullying

Twenty-nine-year-old Jasmine, who asked to use a pseudonym to protect her privacy, moved to northern Thailand last year to be with her boyfriend, a 60-year-old American. As a trans woman, Jasmine, feared…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2021

Women, Girls and LGBT Fight for Rights in Myanmar: “We Have to Win This Time”

In early February, women, girls and members of the LGBT community hit the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other cities throughout Myanmar to protest the country’s military takeover. Protesters—many of them young…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

Sex ed rules passed in Arizona would require parents to sign off on LGBT discussions

Arizona has passed new sex education rules that would require parents to sign off on their children learning about LGBT issues. It "requires the school governing board to develop procedures by which…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

Tunisian LGBT rights group provides vital services during pandemic

The Tunisian LGBT rights group Mawjoudin (Arabic for “We Exist”) has been providing vital services to vulnerable community members through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its just-released annual newsletter. Mawjoudin was founded…

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