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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: 05/29/2018

A Lesbian Prime Minister Oversees a New Gay Era for Serbia

A thin, handsome man in his early 30s smiled shyly, took another sip of beer, and talked about how he loved the smell of men. Laughter erupted from the others at the…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

Far-right Activists Banned from the UK Are Coming to Australia

A controversial political commentator heading for Australia says her ideas “will shock people”. Canadian Lauren Southern will tour Australia and New Zealand starting next month on a speaking tour that stops at…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ+ Minors Is Now Banned in Hawaii

Hawaii has become the 12th US state to ban therapists from offering conversion therapy to minors. The law, which will come into effect on July 1, was signed by Hawaii Governor David Ige.…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

Will FIFA Force Russia to Make the World Cup Friendly to LGBTI People?

FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, had a reputation problem. In 2015, Sepp Blatter, the organization’s president at the time, and other top executives were facing corruption charges and, after awarding…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

Will FIFA Force Russia to Make the World Cup Friendly to LGBTI People?

FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, had a reputation problem. In 2015, Sepp Blatter, the organization’s president at the time, and other top executives were facing corruption charges and, after awarding…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

Moldovan Priests Demand Ban of Gay Parades in Chisinau

The head of the Orthodox Church of Moldova Metropolitan Vladimir addressed the President, the chairman of parliament, the prime minister, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in connection with the LGBT march…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

Lebanon LGBT Scene Empowered Despite Crackdown

It took him more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and rehearsing. Then on the big night, a five-hour session putting on makeup. The very…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

With a Boost from Rihanna, Barbados Rejects Homophobia

Barbados elected its first female prime minister on Thursday as the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) took all the seats in parliament. The BLP’s platform calls for a referendum on LGBT issues.…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Pope Francis Again Cautions Against Admitting Gays to Priesthood

A step forward and a step back? Just days after it was reported that Pope Francis privately told a gay man, “God made you like this and loves you like this,” another…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

As Supreme Court Nears Wedding Cake Decision, More LGBT Rights Issues Loom

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown

Ahmed Alaa describes hoisting a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo as the "best five minutes of his life." Now he faces years in prison and says his family and his…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

UN Human Rights Chief: We Must Challenge ‘Myth’ that LGBT Rights is a Western Agenda

The United Nations‘ human rights chief has warned that some nations overseas are attempting to propagate the “myth” that LGBT rights is part of a “Western agenda.” Speaking at The Economist‘s LGBT-skewed Pride and Prejudice…

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