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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: 06/17/2018

Edinburgh Pride Celebrated in Style as Thousands Parade Through Capital for LGBTI Festival

Thousands of people have attended Edinburgh’s Pride festival, with a parade carving a route through the heart of the capital. The theme for Pride Edinburgh 2018 is “true colours” as organisers of the LGBTI event marked…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

GCHQ Seeks Gay Codebreakers

INTELLIGENCE agency GCHQ has taken out an ad for new recruits in a gay magazine – 64 years after the country’s greatest codebreaker was hounded to death for his homosexuality. The service…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2018

This World Cup, Let’s Talk About Russia’s LGBTIQ Rights Record

The World Cup started this week. Potentially thousands of fans and athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer have arrived in Russia. As a gay woman and activist,…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2018

Record Number of LGBT Candidates Seeking Office in 2018

More than 400 LGBTQ candidates are running for public office in the United States in 2018, more than ever before in an election cycle, according to data from the Victory Institute. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

Top Polish Court Rules Against Man Who Refused to print LGBT Posters

The court on Thursday dismissed an appeal lodged by the country’s prosecutor-general and upheld the ruling of a lower court in the case, PAP said. The printer, who was identified only as…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

LGBT Activist Arrested in Russia During World Cup

An LGBT activist was arrested in Russia for staging a one-man protest. Peter Tatchell, a British citizen, was detained Thursday in Moscow, the first day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, for…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

The LGBT Community is Generationally Fractured, But One Organization Thinks it Can Fix That

72-year-old Hector Zuazo used to spent a lot of around young people. But since he retired from teaching, keeping up with the younger generations of queer people has been a struggle. And…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

Tunisian Presidential Committee Recommends Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Homosexuality may soon cease being a crime in the North African country of Tunisia, where gay sex is currently punishable by up to three years in prison. The decriminalization of homosexuality was…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

These Two GOP Senate Nominees Sought Support from Extremist Anti-LGBT Group Whose Leader Called Obama a ‘Child Molester’

North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer and Virginia’s Corey Stewart both won their Republican primaries after receiving the support of the Public Advocate of the United States, an extremist anti-LGBT group. Both candidates answered…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2018

LGBTI Teachers Suffering in Rural Areas

LGBTI teachers working in rural areas are far more likely to suffer mental health problems than those based in urban schools according to new research by Anglia Ruskin University. More than half…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

The Pentagon Abandons Support for LGBTI Pride Month

For the first time in six years, the Department of Defense did not release a memo marking LGBT Pride Month. The Pentagon also declined to send a high-ranking staffer to emcee an…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

Recognizing Religious Freedom as an LGBTI Issue

On June 1, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a proclamation for Pride Month, acknowledging the human rights violations that LGBT people face worldwide. However, the International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 —an annual survey on…

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