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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: 02/17/2019

Gay-friendly cartoons outrage homophobic Indonesians

Indonesia’s Information and Communications Ministry, also known as Kominfo, has demanded that the popular social network Instagram remove gay-friendly cartoons published by a user known only as @Alpantuni. The ministry even suggested…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Gay Politician Makes His Own Political Party in Conservative Poland

Robert Biedron, a gay and atheist politician, in Catholic, conservative Poland, has created his own progressive political party of young, urban members called the Spring party. Biedron, 42, a former LGBT activist,…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2019

1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Egypt is a rabidly homophobic country, solidly situated on the list of 73 countries in the world that have made gay sex illegal and it’s getting worse. A recent and most egregious example…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2019

Gender-neutral Canadian activist shows solidarity with Japan’s LGBT communities

Gemma Hickey entered Japan this week with something no Japanese national can obtain a gender-neutral passport in which the gender category shows neither female nor male, but an “X.” The 42-year-old Canadian,…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2019

Lawmaker pulls proposed transgender birth certificate ban

A proposal that would have blocked transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates in Utah was shelved Thursday, prompting relief from LGBT advocates but leaving the issue in…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2019

Dems introduce bill to take gender-specific terms out of tax code to make it LGBT-inclusive

A bill introduced by two Democratic lawmakers Thursday would update the U.S. tax code to remove gender-specific references such as “husband” and “wife” and would replace the terms with “spouse” in an…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2019

Brazil’s LGBT+ politicians prepare for battle with Bolsonaro

When he realized Jair Bolsonaro was likely to be elected president of Brazil last year, politician David Miranda’s first concern was for his family, rather than his career. As an openly gay…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2019

Fury at HIV Data Leak in Conservative Singapore

Rico has lived with HIV for almost a decade, confiding in only a small number of people in socially conservative Singapore, fearful of the reaction. Last month, he got a phone call…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2019

Small, Rural Businesses are Far Behind India’s Corporate Giants in Welcoming LGBTI People

Following India's September move to scrap a colonial-era ban on gay sex, more and more corporations are opening their doors to LGBT+ people and ushering in policies to make them feel more…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2019

Faith Leaders Urge Government to Support LGBTI Education in Schools

More than 50 members of religious organisations, campaigners and education leaders have signed an open letter asking the Department of Education (DfE) to support LGBT+ education in schools. The open letter, published…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2019

Bolsonaro Regime to Remove Brazilian Textbook References to Feminism and Homosexuality

Brazil's president and his senior officials have vowed to revise school textbooks to remove references to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women. Jair Bolsonaro has also said he wants the military to take over some…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2019

Stage set for Queer Pride

Nritya Forum for Performing Arts came alive on Sunday with the performance of members and allies of the LGBTQ plus communites at Queer Carnival. Organised by the Hyderabad Queer Swabhimaan Yatra (QSY),…

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