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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.

ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

China’s LGBTIQ+ movement is under attack. But international support can be a double-edged sword

People often ask me what it's like to be queer or trans in China. It was the number one question I encountered when I returned to Melbourne after three years in Shanghai,…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

One step forward, two steps back

Once again, those waiting on news of marriage equality in Thailand were met with disappointment. Let's talk about Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code first. It states that only a…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

How a Seattle man became a lifeline for persecuted LGBTQ people in other countries

Michael Failla doesn't get much sleep. In the dead of the night, the Seattle resident gets panicked calls and messages from members of the LGBTQ community in the Middle East -- mostly…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

Cameroon Says Citizens Abuse LGBTI People

YAOUNDÉ — Cameroon says lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are increasingly becoming victims of violence and brutality. The central African state’s government made the comment this week after Human Rights Watch…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Elderly gay couple forced from Toowoomba home by abuse

An elderly gay couple will sell up and leave their Toowoomba home following homophobic abuse. Bruce Gardiner told the Toowoomba Chronicle that he and husband Derek suffered eight years of abuse, vile…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Family Acceptance Project launches online resource to help LGBTQ youth

As the Covid-19 pandemic stretches into another year, the toll on children, youth and families has escalated. Last month, leading national child and adolescent medical groups designated a national emergency for children’s…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Dutch government apologizes for discredited transgender law

The Dutch government made a public apology Saturday for a now discredited and scrapped law that required transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization if they wanted to change their gender on…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Brazilian film traces suffering of LGBTQIA community in 1980

The 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) saw the Asian premiere of a film on the LGBTQIA community, ‘The First Fallen’, by Brazilian filmmaker Rodrigo de Oliveira. The film traces the…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

UNM Sociology Professor Takes Part In White House Intersex Awareness Event

Associate Professor Georgiann Davis from the Department of Sociology at The University of New Mexico was an invited speaker at a recent virtual roundtable event with the White House to commemorate Intersex…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

Jamaican health minister calls for an end to anti-LGBT discrimination

Jamaica’s minister of health and wellness told a recent public forum organized by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper that LGBT Jamaicans should not face discrimination in accessing mental health services. The newspaper reported.…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

‘Unfit for military service’: How Azerbaijan stigmatizes LGBTQ+ military personnel

Three years ago, Alp Aliyev, received a notification from the State Service for Mobilization and Conscription that he was required to enlist the army. Alp did not think he would fit into…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

Slovak gay sportspeople live among us (but they hide their sexuality)

The Lotus Flowers came up with the idea of establishing the very first LGBTI sports club in Slovakia 10 years ago, and they have been around ever since. “We wanted to create…

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