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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: 08/13/2019

Australia Prime Minister Joins Transgender Policy Backlash

Cricket Australia (CA) have come under fire for a new policy aimed at making the sport inclusive for transgender and gender diverse players, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison describing it as "heavy-handed"…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2019

Paraguay is set for historic trans murder trial

In a historic first for the conservative South American country, a court in Paraguay on Friday will convene for a murder trial in the death of a trans woman who was stabbed…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2019

Johannesburg holds city’s first black, queer ball

LGBTQ people gathered in Johannesburg recently for the city’s first official black queer ball. Organizers say the event was to create a safe space for people in their community. “How this ball…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2019

Prague Pride features Romani float again, award given to LGBT and Romani activist David Tišer

Yesterday the carnival of LGBT pride known as the Prague Pride Parade marched through the streets of the Czech capital, the ninth time the "rainbow march" has been held here. Starting at…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2019

Gay couple in Beijing become first to take advantage of new legal rights

Same-sex couples can now apply for guardianship rights. Photo: ReutersSame-sex couples can now apply for guardianship rights. A same-sex couple in Beijing have become the first in the city to complete the…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2019

Meet Mumbai’s LGBTQ heroes without capes

In 2012, when the city got its first Gender Reassignment Clinic at Kolkilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri, Dr Dheeraj Kapoor, consulting endocrinologist, was one of the key people involved in setting it…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2019

Modesto denies permit for ‘straight pride’ rally

A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called straight pride rally at a local park. Modesto city officials on Friday denied an application by the National Straight Pride…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2019

LGBTQ asylum seekers persecuted at home and in U.S. custody

With more than 800,000 migrants currently applying for asylum in the U.S., a growing number of immigrants rights groups are calling attention to the plight of LGBTQ people, many of whom are…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2019

Taylor Swift explains why she got vocal for LGBTQ rights

Taylor Swift revealed that she was inspired to get vocal about LGBTQ activism after having a conversation with her friend, choreographer and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Todrick Hall. In an interview with…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2019

He survived Chechnya’s LGBTQ purge. Now, he’s ready to tell his story

Amin Dzhabrailov shivered as the cold air hit his sweat-drenched body. It had been two weeks since he began sleeping on the floor of the tiny, windowless room, but he still wasn’t…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2019

Poland holds new pride parade after one marred by violence

LGBT activists held a central Polish city’s first pride parade without incident Saturday amid a deep divide in the country over gay and lesbian rights. The parade in Plock, about 100 kilometers…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2019

LGBT+ murders at ‘alarming’ levels in Latin America – study

Four LGBT+ people are murdered every day in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to "alarming" new research released on Thursday by a regional network of gay rights groups. At least 1,300…

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