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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: 06/19/2019

Mumbai LGBT film festival celebrates pride

A gay-and-lesbian themed film festival in Mumbai, said to be the biggest of its kind in India, concluded on Sunday (June 16), manifesting celebrations of colours, art, and artists. The 10th edition…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

What it’s like to be gay and Qatari

Homosexuality is so taboo in Qatar that it doesn’t feature in public discourse, yet practically it very much exists. Being gay is frowned upon here, and a lot of people have this…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

Scuffles break out at anti-trans rally in Vancouver

Tempers flared between pro- and anti-trans rights protestors in Vancouver on Saturday (15 June). Several hundred people from both sides converged outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the early afternoon. The two…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

Zanele Muholi captures powerful portraits of South Africa’s LGBT community

Last week, Botswana's High Court made history when it overturned colonial-era laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations. The ruling, which came mere weeks after Kenya's High Court ruled to uphold its own 19th-century laws criminalizing "carnal…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

The Lavender Scare: the shocking true story of an anti-LGBT witch-hunt

When Josh Howard began working on his documentary The Lavender Scare, way back in 2009, America was a very different place – not least for its LGBT citizens. Barack Obama had recently…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Fighting For Recognition in Japan

When 13 LGBTQ couples sued the Japanese government earlier this year, arguing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage, it made headlines around the world as a historic moment in the country’s journey…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Young people key to combatting homophobia: LGBT rugby chief

Educating young people about the evils of homophobia was a key message from Europe's largest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament, the biennial Union Cup, held in Dublin last weekend, organisers said. Richie Fagan,…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Teens on growing up LGBTI in Iran: ‘My boyfriend was killed’

Teens have opened up about what it’s like to grow up LGBTI in Iran. Dozens of young people revealed they are ‘depressed’ and ‘frustrated’ by living in the Muslim-majority country. One even…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Male couple refused entry to restaurant ‘because a couple is a man and woman’

A male couple were told they couldn’t dine at a restaurant in the northern city of Nazareth Illit because the special event was reserved for families and couples, and a couple had…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Legalising homosexuality: Germany did it 25 years ago – what about other European countries?

This week Germany celebrated legalising homosexuality twenty-five years ago. Until June 11, 1994, it was still considered a crime in Germany even though since 1969 homosexuals were no longer prosecuted for “fornication”.…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

‘Police are a force of terror’: The LGBT activists who want cops out of Pride

It took half a century, but this LGBT Pride month, the New York police department (NYPD) finally apologized for the infamous 1969 raid on the Stonewall gay bar. Some queer New Yorkers…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Understanding of LGBT realities ‘non-existent’ in most countries, says UN expert

In a statement issued ahead of presenting his latest report to the Human Rights Council later this month, Victor Madrigal-Borloz urged States to collect more data in an effort to understand the…

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