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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: 07/28/2021

Meet 7 Activists Fighting to Improve LGBTQ+ Rights Across Africa

I’ve personally experienced two homophobic attacks in my home city of Enugu, in southeastern Nigeria: one from the police and the other from a crowd of students. In both instances, I was…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Georgia’s LGBT+ community living in fear after violence

TBILISI, July 26 (Openly) - Nino, a 25-year-old lesbian from Georgia, no longer feels at ease when she leaves the house. Since violence forced a Pride march to be cancelled earlier this…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Gay Nigerian priest makes religion serve LGBTQ people

It is impossible to speak of queer identity and culture without acknowledging the important role religion has played in shaping it throughout history. Whether it’s Pope Francis praising the work an American…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Poland’s heinous ‘LGBT-free zones’ sue the defiant activists fighting back against their hate

In late 2019, Polish activists began compiling an interactive map of the country’s ‘LGBT-free zones’. Within these towns and cities, the promotion of so-called ‘LGBT+ ideology’ is banned. Enraged by this state-sanctioned…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Governor Newsom signs HIV & Aging Act authored by Sen. John Laird

SACRAMENTO – On Friday Governor Gavin Newsom announced the signing of Senate Bill 258, the HIV & Aging Act, authored by Senator John Laird (D – Santa Cruz). Senate Bill 258 will…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2021

Berlin parade raises concerns over increase in LGBT+ hate crimes

Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday as revelers marched for LGBT+ rights on Christopher Street Day. The day commemorates riots that broke out in New York in…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2021

Finns Turn against Puberty Blockers for Gender Dysphoria

First, it was the Brits and then the Swedes. Now, the transgender moral panic is receiving more pushback from the Finns. Finnish medical guidelines are now opposed to most puberty blocking and…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2021

‘The worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever’

The “most homophobic document the world has ever seen” is how LGBTQ rights activists describe Ghana’s sweeping anti-homosexuality bill recently revealed after months of discussion and publicity from the nation’s anti-gay crusaders.…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2021

Tensions amid Budapest Pride parade

Thousands of Hungarians marched in Budapest’s biggest Pride parade on Saturday, amid tension sparked by a series of anti-LGBTQ steps by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. After an “anti-pedophilia” law was adopted…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2021

”OUT FOR AUSTRALIA’ EXISTS TO SUPPORT LGBT STUDENTS & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS’

Less than 32% of LGBTQIA+ employees in Australia are out to everyone in their workplace and studies reveal that this number is going down. Out For Australia is one of the few…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2021

Georgian Condom Company Wins Freedom Of Expression Case At European Rights Court

A Georgian condom company that uses creative advertising on its packaging has won a freedom of expression case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The case involved Georgian condom brand…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2021

Taxi-driving gay Catholic priest subjected to vile homophobic abuse

A gay Catholic priest in Liverpool has been left “petrified” after he was subjected to homophobic abuse in a “disgusting” hate crime. Father Paul Newbery is a priest at Merseyside Open Community…

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