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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: 04/15/2019

PM: I cannot tell why LGBT Forum was canceled in Yerevan

The rule of law operates in Armenia, and all citizens have the same rights and obligations, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during PACE spring session. His remarks came in response to…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2019

Brunei once held off on strict Islamic law to stay in a U.S.-backed trade pact. Then Trump pulled out.

When more than 100 members of Congress raised worries in 2014 over plans to include Brunei in a sweeping Pacific trade deal, envoys from the tiny sultanate rushed to Washington with a…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2019

Navy will allow off-duty sailors to ‘live socially’ according to their preferred gender, but not do so on duty

For transgender people in the U.S. military, April is shaping up to be a bittersweet month. But mostly bitter. Just a few days before the implementation of President Trump’s ban on transgender…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2019

Barbados: No jail time for violent attack on trans activist

Brandon Coward, who attacked Barbadian trans woman Alexa Hoffmann with a meat cleaver on February 18, 2018, was today convicted in the Oistins Magistrates Court by Magistrate Elwood Watts and ordered to…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2019

Turkish professor calls homosexuality a ‘secret service conspiracy’

A Turkish professor has said homosexuality is a "secret service plot" employed by unnamed actors against countries that are seen as a threat, news website T24 reported on Friday. "In this way,…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2019

Lesbian conference in Ukraine targeted by anti-LGBT protesters

Anti LGBT+ protesters descended on a hotel yesterday (April 11) in Kiev, Ukraine where the European Lesbian Conference (ELC) was due to kick off. Dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to the…

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Rugby Australia will sack Israel Folau over ‘disrespectful’ anti-gay posts

The NRL has slammed the door shut on offering a career lifeline to under-fire cross-code star Israel Folau. Folau is set to be sacked by the Australian Rugby Union after he doubled…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2019

Controversy as Tasmania makes gender optional on birth certificates

Tasmania made it optional to list gender on birth certificates on Wednesday, a move criticised by the Australian island's leader and Christian activists who fear it would endanger women. LGBT+ rights group…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2019

Why I’m angry about Edmonton Pride’s cancellation in Canada

The cancellation of an LGBT Pride festival in Edmonton, Canada is both shocking and cause for concern. It comes in the same year that Pride festivals around the world celebrate the 50th…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2019

New Knesset sets record for most LGBT members

Israel’s elections on Tuesday resulted in what will likely be a fifth term for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - but there were a number of firsts as well. The number of LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2019

Women’s group: LGBT community faces sex, gender taunts

Folade Mutota, executive director for the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development today said taunting about sex and gender was the most prevalent form of sexual harassment reported by the LGBT+ community. Mutota…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2019

The LGBT Equality Act began life in 1974. It’s still waiting to be passed.

When the news broke that Rep. Bella Abzug had introduced a bill to protect lesbian and gay people from discrimination to Congress, David Mixner cut out the article and hid it the…

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