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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: 10/15/2019

Uganda: Brutal Killing of Gay Activist

Ugandan authorities should thoroughly investigate the fatal attack on October 4, 2019 on an activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. The…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2019

TRUMP SPEAKS AT ANTI-LGBT GROUP’S EVENT: LIBERALS ARE TRYING TO SILENCE AND PUNISH CHRISTIANS

President Donald Trump has claimed liberals are attempting to "silence and punish" Christians, and pledged never to allow the federal government to harass communities of faith. Speaking at the annual Value Voters…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2019

Transman anchors Malayalam news show

For someone who aspired to be a journalist, Hrithik M (27), was living the dream. When Jeevan TV telecast its weekly roundup, ‘Azhchavattom’ with Hrithik as news anchor on Sunday, the doors…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2019

Trans community’s ability to vote threatened by Boris Johnson’s voter ID plans

The UK prime minister Boris Johnson will tomorrow (October 14) unveil voter ID proposals to make showing photo ID compulsory in order to vote. The controversial voter ID plans, part of a…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2019

Uganda government denies report of re-introduction of anti-gay bill

The government of Ugandan has denied reports that there are plans to re-introduce the anti-gay bill to parliament after a court ruling prohibiting it. According to the report by The Observer The…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2019

Student punished for ‘The Prom’ shirt says peer came out to her after hearing her story

A West Orange eighth-grader and district officials are both looking at the bright side after the student was punished for wearing a shirt that said "We're all lesbians." Justice Cillo-Smith was issued…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2019

Activists defiant as Uganda proposes death penalty for gay sex

The Ugandan government's plan to reintroduce a bill that could impose the death penalty for homosexuality is being met with defiance from the LGBTQ community in the East African nation, activists told…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2019

‘The protagonist’s identity of marginalised gay Muslim Afghan refugee is definitely mine’

August 22, 2013 was an important day in Afghan history, and also in Nemat Sadat’s life. Sadat was the first person from Afghanistan to come out, through a post shared on Facebook.…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2019

Elizabeth Warren’s deadpan quip in LGBT debate wins plaudits

It’s the type of tricky question designed to trip up a presidential candidate. But the US senator Elizabeth Warren’s deadpan response when quizzed about same-sex marriage during a TV debate drew applause…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2019

Ukraine’s first-ever LGBT shelter forced to close after running out of money

An LGBT+ shelter in Kyiv ran out of money and was forced to close its doors, severing off a pocket of protection in a war-tugged country where citizens and officials divide on…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2019

International donors ‘stand with’ LGBT+ Ugandans over ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

Major donors of aid to Uganda including the United States and the European Union said on Friday they were closely examining a plan by the east African nation to introduce the death…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2019

LGBTQ people share how they revealed their sexuality to others for International Coming Out Day

For many LGBTQ people, coming out of the closet is a monumental step in their lives. The first International Coming Out Day was organised in the United States in 1988, held on…

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