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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: 06/13/2018

World Cup Star Mohamed Salah Sparks Outrage by Meeting ‘gay purge’ Leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Footballing superstar Mohamed Salah has received a backlash after agreeing to meet the leader responsible for Chechnya’s ‘gay purge.’ The Egypt and Liverpool forward, one of the most famous faces in football,…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

Cycling Legend Philippa York Embraced by Her Sport After Coming Out as Transgender

Philippa York was arguably the most celebrated British bicycle racer of the 20th century. Yet, when she turned up to watch a race in Switzerland this spring, York realized it was her…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

Japan’s Wedding Ring Jewelers Look to Become more LGBTI-Friendly

While same-sex marriage has not been legalized in Japan, some firms in the country’s wedding jewelry industry have started taking steps to make their products and stores more LGBT-friendly. Primo Japan Inc.…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

Spain’s New Prime Minister Appoints Two Openly Gay Cabinet Ministers

The new Prime Minister of Spain has chosen two openly gay men to serve as cabinet ministers. The cabinet of recently appointed leader Pedro Sanchez was announced as one of the most diverse…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2018

Anti-LGBT, Anti-Islam, Anti-immigrant Rhetoric Featured Alongside Racist Dog-whistles and Trump Cabinet Officials at WCS 2018

The ostensible headliners of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on June 8 and 9 were embattled Trump cabinet members Attorney General Jeff Sessions (still under fire from the president for not recusing…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2018

What’s it Like to Be Gay in North Korea?

North Korea is one of the most closed-off and secretive nations in the world. Little is known of life within the nation’s borders, far less about the lives of LGBT people in…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2018

One Year After LGBT Pride Event Curtailment at Vicenza, Soldiers Will Take the Stage

When most of U.S. Army Garrison Italy’s first-ever gay pride event was canceled last year after some parents complained they didn’t want their children “indoctrinated,” organizer Bert Gillott was frustrated. “It makes…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2018

Vatican-Backed Family Rally Expected to Have Speech on Lesbian and Gay Faithful

An international family rally the Catholic Church is scheduled to host in Ireland is expected to feature workshops on hot-button issues facing Catholic families, including protecting children from clergy sexual abuse, weathering…

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ADDED ON: 06/11/2018

Anti-Gay Laws ‘Damage Human Rights and Health of all Barbadians’

The harsh anti-buggery laws of Barbados contribute to homophobic stigma that discourages LGBT people from getting health care and has helped boost their HIV infection rate to 10 times that of the…

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ADDED ON: 06/11/2018

Shanghai Pride Turns 10

This month is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In the first story of our week-long series on China’s LGBT community, we take you to the 10th anniversary of the Shanghai…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2018

Gay Pride Parade Turnout Defies Conservative Times in Poland

The capitals of Poland and Romania hosted festive gay pride parades that attracted thousands of people Saturday, as emboldened participants vowed to keep pushing for the eventual freedom to marry the person…

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ADDED ON: 06/09/2018

Thousands Participate in Gay Pride Parades Across Europe

Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms. Peaceful parades took…

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