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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: 06/03/2018

The Quiet Voices of Arunachal’s LGBT Community

Arunachal Pradesh is a weird cross of old shrill Hindi songs and the latest, colourfully vibrant K-pop videos. But one thing that has not changed and has remained staunch in its stand…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Brazilian Anglicans’ ‘Yes’ to Marrying Same-Sex Couples

The Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil has decided to open up church marriage to same-sex couples. On 1 June 2018 its synod voted by a huge majority – 57 in favour, three…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Cyprus: Hundreds Turn out for Pride March

Hundreds of people flocked to the centre of Nicosia late Sunday afternoon for the annual Pride march in support of the rights of LGBT people. The events started at 3.30 in the…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Thousands Revel in Brazil’s Gay Pride Parade

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Brazil’s largest city Sunday for its 22nd gay pride parade, which is considered one of the world’s biggest. Waving LGBT rainbow flags in a Carnival-like…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

LGBT And Abortion Rights Campaigners Are Fighting Together For Equality In Northern Ireland

The LGBT and abortion rights movements in Northern Ireland have vowed to fight in solidarity to win the same rights as people in the rest of the UK and in the Republic…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Japanese Firms Starting to Create Accepting Environment for Transgender Individuals

Awareness of the troubles transgender individuals face in the workforce is on the rise in Japan, and companies are increasingly making efforts to make the working environment more accepting, earning a favorable…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2018

Gay Conversion Film at London Festival Hits Home for Campaigners

The contentious practice of gay conversion therapy will be in the spotlight at the British spin-off of the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, a move welcomed by gay rights activists. The film…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2018

Virtually Incident-free Gay Pride Parade Held in Guyana to Demand Election Promises

Guyana held its first gay pride parade, with the country’s gay rights activists accusing the three-year-old government, as well as the opposition of breaking their election campaign, promises to outlaw discrimination against…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2018

China’s LGBT community finds hope at end of rainbow

When two women wearing rainbow badges were beaten up by security guards in an arty part of Beijing last month (May), social media users quickly jumped in to fight their corner. China’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

Government Has ‘legitimate Aim’ to Protect Traditional Marriage, Hong Kong Appeal Court Rules

Hong Kong’s appeal court on Friday overturned a landmark judgment requiring the government to grant the same spousal benefits to employees in same-sex marriages as those enjoyed by their heterosexual colleagues. In…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

Pride Around the World: Calendar of LGBT Pride Events

Even before the massive parades in San Francisco and New York City later in June, millions of people will go over the rainbow for Pride. Here’s a glance at the crowded Pride…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

Russia Will Allow Displays of Pride During World Cup Despite ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law

Despite the fact that hate crimes have doubled since Russia implemented its “gay propaganda” law in 2013, LGBT people attending the World Cup, which kicks off there June 14 and runs through mid-July, will…

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