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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: 12/04/2019

Brazilian mum gets 25 years jail for brutal murder of gay son

A jury has sentenced Brazilian woman was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for brutally murdering her gay son. Tatiana Lozano Pereira never accepted her 17-year-old son Itaberli Lozano was…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2019

‘Google is no longer listening’: four fired workers file charges against tech giant

The four worker-activists who were fired by Google during Thanksgiving week plan to file federal charges alleging that their former employer fired them to quash worker organizing, in violation of federal labor…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2019

Kenyan police brutally beat and lob teargas bombs at queer refugees peacefully protesting the camp’s horrific conditions

Kenyan police brutally battered LGBT+ refugees and lobbed teargas bombs in an attack that led to four in a coma today, activists on the ground have claimed. Moreover, the organisation said that…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2019

He gave thanks for his two dads. His teacher condemned gay couples

A substitute teacher at a Utah public school asked students in a fifth-grade class what they were thankful for before they left for Thanksgiving break. When one of the students answered that…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2019

Zambia: 15-year prison sentences ‘shocked the world’

The 15-year prison sentences imposed this week on a gay Zambian couple are a shocking miscarriage of justice, African gay-rights activists declare. The U.S. ambassador to Zambia agreed, saying that the sentences…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2019

Gay homeowner challenges Hong Kong inheritance law over fears husband may not get house if he dies

A gay homeowner who previously took the Hong Kong government to court over a rule that prevented him from living with his husband has mounted a second legal challenge, this time over…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2019

Gay marriage in Baja: reforms aim to address discrimination

Same-sex marriage is legal in Baja California. Sort of. To get married in the state, gay and lesbian couples are legally required to overcome costly and lengthy legal obstacles that heterosexual couples…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2019

Guyana: ‘God-fearing political party’ aims to end homosexuality, restore integrity to high offices

The People’s Republic Party (PRP) is the newest political party to join the race for office come March 2, 2020. Led by Dr. Valerie Leung, a re-migrant who works in the field…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2019

North Vancouver filmmaker documents transgender model’s transition

It was close to coffee break time on a construction job when Kas Baker’s phone buzzed and an unfamiliar voice made an extraordinary request. Would he step in front of a movie…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2019

Gay man in hiding from Russian police after explaining sexuality to kids in innocent viral video

A gay Russian man who took part in a YouTube video where children asked him about his sexuality has been forced to go into hiding after authorities opened a criminal case against…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2019

Catholic Pastor Tells Lesbian Chief Judge: ‘No Communion For You’

This is the first Sunday of Advent for the Roman Catholic Church, including St. Stephen in East Grand Rapids, Mich., a 96-year-old parish experiencing the same steady decline in the number of…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2019

Cambodia’s first gay dance company

Prumsodun Ok is a choreographer and founder of Cambodia's first gay dance company. He performs Khmer dance, an ancient dance form with roots in Buddhism, Hinduism and animist practices in the region.…

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