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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: 01/12/2021

Senegal: Victims of homophobia find respect inside prison walls

African prisons often are hotbeds of homophobic violence, but that hasn’t been the experience of seven Senegalese men convicted in November on homosexuality charges. Treated respectfully by at least two prison officials,…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2021

Tolerant Uruguay a place for some trans citizens to ‘glow’

On a recent Sunday in the Salaverry household in Montevideo, various members of Uruguayan transgender teenager Sebastian's family gathered for a traditional "asado," or barbecue. The family sat around the large kitchen…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2021

The ex-cop behind China’s largest gay dating app

Browsing the internet as a young policeman in China, Ma Baoli recalls the sheer volume of web pages telling him he was a pervert, diseased and in need of treatment — simply…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

Amid coup chaos, Trump quietly erases LGBTQ protections in adoption, health services

Under the cover of chaos the day after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, the Trump administration has officially nixed regulations barring federal grantees in the Department of Health & Human Services…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

In Four Years, Trump Has Ushered In Federal Judicial Climate Unprecedented In Its Hostility

In just four years, President Trump has ushered in a judicial landscape that is significantly more hostile toward LGBTQ+ people, with nearly 40% of Trump’s confirmed federal appellate judges having demonstrated anti-LGBTQ+…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

Court extends Centre last chance to reply to pleas seeking recognition for same-sex marriage

The Delhi High Court Friday granted a last opportunity to the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to three separate pleas, including by two couples, seeking that same-sex marriage be recognised…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

Anti-gay rhetoric ramps up fear among LGBT+ Ugandans ahead of polls

Homophobic comments by Uganda’s president and other politicians are making some LGBT+ Ugandans too scared to vote in elections scheduled for Jan. 14, gay rights campaigners said on Tuesday. LGBT+ people face…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

Our rules don’t permit it — NCC chief on enrolment of transgenders in the corps

Observing that the current rules did not permit enrollment of transgenders, National Cadet Corps (NCC) head Lt Gen Tarun Kumar Aich on Friday said NCC would need “numbers” of the third gender…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

First-ever Jamaica transgender strategy looks beyond health

Imagine using a health-care system that has no concept of you as a person, or of your unique needs. Nurses might not ask important questions. Doctors might overlook the solutions you really…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

There’s no shame in being intersex – and that’s beautiful’

For years, parents of intersex babies – babies born with a combination of female and male biological characteristics – were encouraged to get "gender normalising" surgery. But intersex advocates are increasingly speaking…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

No Safe Haven for LGBT People in El Salvador

Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele agreed on December 15 to implement an Asylum Cooperative Agreement with the US government. It allows US immigration authorities to transfer non-Salvadoran asylum seekers to El Salvador, instead…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2021

Gay Indonesian policeman loses legal bid for reinstatement – lawyers

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A gay Indonesian policeman dismissed from the force because of his sexual orientation has lost his legal fight to be reinstated, after a Central Java court rejected his lawsuit,…

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