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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: 06/09/2018

Bucharest Gay Pride Celebrates EU Residency Ruling

More than 5000 revellers took part in the Bucharest Gay Pride in the Romanian captial on Saturday. The theme for this year’s event was for more rights and acceptance. The star of…

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ADDED ON: 06/09/2018

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Votes Against Gay Membership

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has adopted a new policy that means anyone in a same-sex relationship cannot be a full member of the Church. It also means their children cannot be…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2018

Kyiv Pride Week Events to Raise Awareness, Defend LGBTQ Rights

Ninety percent of Ukrainians are still unaware there are lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex people around them, at home, at work, in villages, towns and cities all over Ukraine, according to…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2018

5 Books by LGBT South Asians You Should Check Out This Pride Month

We’re celebrating Pride Month by devoting our June reading list to some of the talented and evocative South Asian LGBT storytellers out there. Whether it is the first Indian graphic novel about a lesbian…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2018

A History of Harassment: Probing Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Campaign

Last month, Indonesia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community was buoyed by a decision to remove the phrase “same-sex” from the article on fornication in the proposed Criminal Code (KUHP) bill,…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2018

Court Applies Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling to Uphold Ariz. LGBT Ordinance

A state appellate court on Thursday upheld a city non-discrimination ordinance in Arizona, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in the reasoning for the decision. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2018

Pride Week: While Tel Aviv Celebrates – Jerusalem Fights

Ahead of Pride Week in Israel, which kicks off Friday in Tel Aviv with the city’s annual parade, The Jerusalem Post spoke with Eran Globus, the chairperson (he insists his title be…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2018

Mauritius Church Condemns Blocking Of Gay Rights March

The Catholic Church in Mauritius on Wednesday condemned the blocking of Saturday’s gay pride parade in the capital Port Louis by hostile Muslim protesters. “Regardless of one’s moral beliefs about homosexuality, we…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

Barbados: LGBT Activists to Fight Buggery Laws at IACHR

Three LGBT activists from Barbados will petition against Barbados' buggery laws at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Barbados' “onerous” laws criminalizing intimacy between consenting partners of the same sex are being challenged…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

LGBT Rights, Marriage Definition, ‘Defending Justice’: Three Rallies in Bucharest this Saturday

The capital will see several rallies this Saturday, June 9. Three have already been authorized, and another one has been announced on Facebook. The three authorized rallies are the 2018 Bucharest Pride…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

“Love Wins (Again)!”

Statement for Release - Today, the Supreme Court of Bermuda agreed to overturn the nation’s same-sex marriage ban and decided in favor of OUTBermuda and its co-litigants. Speaking for the successful Applicants,…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

Denmark Launches First LGBTI Action Plan

For the first time ever, a Danish government has launched a LGBTI action plan in a bid to prevent discrimination and promote equal opportunity and security for the LGBTI community. The plan…

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