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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: 09/25/2022

Serbia’s Conservatives Seek Textbook Ban Over ‘LGBT Ideology’

Staunch religious and political conservatives have teamed up to challenge Serbia's recently revamped school curriculum over descriptions of gender and sexual identity, sparking a formal review that could result in a textbook…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2022

LGBT+ Conservatives urged to pull branded condoms ‘as a favour’ to Liz Truss

Internal emails from LGBT+ Conservatives suggest the group was told to pull its branded condoms from conference by the prime minister. The party’s LGBTQ+ group announced on Thursday (22 September) that it…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2022

The Most Dominant Toxic Election Narratives Online

Ballot mules. Poll watch parties. Groomers. These topics are now among the most dominant divisive and misleading narratives online about November’s midterm elections, according to researchers and data analytics companies. On Twitter,…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2022

Same-sex parenting not normal, says aide to Italy’s Meloni

Same-sex parenting is not normal, a senior member of the far-right party expected to win Italy’s election on Sunday has suggested, casting a fresh spotlight on its socially conservative agenda. The remarks…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2022

Pakistan: Transgender rights in focus amid religious complaints

A religious party in Pakistan has filed a petition against a law that protects the rights of transgender people. Opponents say the legislation could act as a gateway to enable same-sex marriage.…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2022

Turkey’s Anti-LGBTQ Display Reflects Nation’s Political Shift

The 25-year-old translator by day and trans drag performer by night felt overwhelming panic and anxiety when several thousand demonstrators gathered and marched Sunday in Turkey to demand a ban on what…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2022

Cuba uses media blitz to promote ‘yes’ vote on new LGBT-friendly laws

Cubans will cast ballots this Sunday on whether to approve a new 'family code' that would legalize gay marriage and boost women's rights, with the government urging citizens to vote "yes" despite…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2022

Zambia president reiterates opposition to LGBTQ+, intersex rights

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on Monday reiterated his government does not support LGBTQ+ and intersex rights. In a video posted to his Facebook page on Monday, Hichilema said Zambia is a country…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2022

In a political first, two gay candidates face off in congressional election

A historic number of LGBTQ candidates will appear on ballots across the country in November. At least 1,095 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people have run or are still running for…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2022

Italian politics has been in trouble for decades. Now it’s heading for a new low

Earlier this month, Alessio Di Giulio, a Florentine councillor with rightwing populist party the League, posted a 17-second video that, to my mind, marks the nadir of what has been one of…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2022

In divisive election, Brazil’s trans candidates face threats, intimidation

At her campaign headquarters, Brazilian congressional hopeful Duda Salabert gently lays out the newspaper clippings sent to her in August. Her photo is on many of the pages, and Nazi swastikas and…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2022

Prove World Cup will be safe, England LGBTQ+ supporters’ group tells Qatar

The England national team’s largest LGBTQ+ supporters’ group has urged Qatar’s authorities to provide clear reassurances that it will be safe for gay fans to visit for the World Cup – and…

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