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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: 05/11/2022

Cameroon: Rising Violence Against LGBTI People.

Security forces in Cameroon are failing to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from violent attacks and instead are arresting the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. There has…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2022

Honduras government admits responsibility for transgender woman’s murder.

The government of Honduras on Monday publicly acknowledged it is responsible for the 2009 murder of a transgender activist. Vicky Hernández was a trans activist and sex worker with HIV who worked…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2022

Gender Queer’ to stay on school library shelf, Hudson Board of Education decides.

After months of discussion and debate, the Hudson City Schools Board of Education has decided to keep a popular LGBTQ+ book on the library shelves. Hudson students, parents and community members attended…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2022

Kansas’ first transgender lawmaker reflects on ‘emotionally charged’ legislative session.

State Rep. Stephanie Byers of Wichita has endured a session in which Republicans tried to pass bills curbing rights of trans kids and a fellow lawmaker complained about sharing a restroom with…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2022

Popular Indonesian podcast faces backlash over gay couple episode Popular Indonesian podcast faces backlash over gay couple episode.

A popular Joe Rogan-esque podcast in Indonesia is facing backlash and calls for boycott from the country’s conservatives over a recent episode featuring a gay married couple. Magician-turned-fitness enthusiast-turned-TV personality Deddy Corbuzier,…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2022

Polish Court Rejects Case Against ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ Activist.

A court in the Polish city of Rzeszów has thrown out a case against Bartosz Staszewski, an LGBT rights activist who was being sued by the Niebylec commune for defamation. Niebylec, a…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2022

Labor commits to religious freedom and LGBTQ protections but no timeline.

Labor will seek to legislate a religious discrimination act and scrap the ability of schools to expel gay and transgender students at the same time should it win government, but won’t give…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2022

Gay Village welcome for Commonwealth visitors from where homosexuality is a sin

Birmingham’s Gay Village will be a ‘place of welcome for everyone’ during the Commonwealth Games , Pride chief Lawrence Barton said today. Mr Barton - who chairs Southside BID - said the LGBTQ+ community would welcome the world ‘with open…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2022

Buttigieg on abortion-LGBTQ+ rights as new poll shows 64% support Roe

CHICAGO – U. S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg delivering remarks at a symposium at The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics on Wednesday blasted Republicans for the reignited culture wars especially…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2022

Writing poetry helped me realise I didn’t have to conform to gender norms

When Peter Scalpello started writing their debut poetry collection, they could never have known just how much they would discover about themselves along the way. Peter’s debut was published in March by Cipher Press, the queer…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2022

Queer Nigerians protest proposed anti-trans ‘cross-dressing’ ban

Dozens of LGBTQ protesters gathered Sunday in the capital of Nigeria to oppose anti-trans legislators’ proposal to ban “cross-dressing”. The bill, which seeks to amend a 2013 act banning same-sex marriage, would…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2022

Federal court overturns ruling that demanded asylum seeker prove he’s gay

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against an immigration judge’s finding that denied an asylum bid by a Nigerian man who says he is gay.…

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