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  • Culture Religion and Politics

    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.

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Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

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Human Rights First

Human Rights First (HRF) is an independent advocacy and action organization working with LGBTI leaders across the globe to guarantee that their voices are heard. HRF is committed to protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons and ensuring that they remain a foreign policy priority of the U.S. government.

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Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth is advancing the sexual health and rights of LGBTI youth in the developing world by strengthening the capacity of sustainable youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations. Often there are limited spaces to organize and elevate issues that make LGBTI youth particularly vulnerable. Advocates has a network of 3,000 youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations and activists from 96 countries and provides support in 40 countries.

ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Myanmar LGBT Festival Goes Public for First Time

Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens pounded across the finish line and crashed into a waiting coterie of photographers…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Welsh Assembly Named Britain’s Best Employer for LGBTI

The national assembly for Wales has been named Britain’s best employer for LGBTI staff in Stonewall’s annual list of top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers. The list drawn up by Britain’s leading charity for LGBTI equality…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Myanmar LGBTI Festival Goes Public for First Time

Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens pounded across the finish line and crashed into a waiting coterie of photographers…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Indonesian’s LGBT Community Under Threat as Government Sets Sights on Making Gay Sex Illegal

It's shaping as a bleak 2018 for Indonesia's gay and transgender people. In the conservative province of Aceh, police have raided hair salons and publicly shamed a group of transgender hairdressers, while…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

The Second Coming Out

For Fatima Rizvi, based in Mumbai, the memories of the day her daughter came out to her about her sexuality are still fresh. "It was exactly a year ago," she recalls. "We…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Jamaica Bans Anti-Gay Arizona Pastor From Visiting Country

Steven Anderson, pastor from the Faithful World Baptist Church who says gay people should be stoned to death, denied entry. Jamaica has banned a Holocaust-denying pastor from Arizona who has called for gay people…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2018

‘I Didn’t Know That World existed’: How Lesbian Women Found a Life in the Armed Forces

Jennifer, who signed up to the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) in 1979, told me that, until she joined the Army, she "had no awareness of gay people". "I had no…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2018

Tens of Thousands to March Through St Kilda for Midsumma Pride

A crowd of more than 45,000 are marching through the heart of St Kilda in one of the largest Midsumma Pride marches in its 23 year history.Thousands of LGBTQIA Victorians and supporters…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2018

Russia Accidentally Recognizes Gay Marriage for First Time, Couple Says

Russia has accidentally recognized gay marriage for the first time after a newlywed couple found a legal loophole in Moscow and exploited it. Yevgeny Voytsekhovsky and Pavel Stotzko, married each other in Copenhagen,…

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