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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: 04/15/2021

Promising Guyanese designer found murdered in Trinidad

Police in Trinidad and Tobago are investigating the murder of 27-year-old Guyanese-born fashion designer, Marc Anthony Singh. The youth who moved to Trinidad several years ago, was found stabbed to death in…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

LGBT persecution on the rise in Cameroon, Human Rights Watch says

Cameroon security forces have arrested, threatened or assaulted at least 24 people since February in a ramped-up crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Transgender and Non-Binary Youth Influencers Launch Book Collection with Kids Media Disrupter A Kids Book About

CHICAGO, April 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- While many teens took e-learning as an opportunity to level-up their gaming skills, a group of young people chose instead to write a collection of books…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

‘I want to show the pride’: photo essay of the Two Spirit Indigenous people

When Monique “Muffie” Mousseau was in the fourth grade she got expelled from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic school on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. Her classmates didn’t like…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Alba Party candidate condemned for ‘dangerous and irresponsible’ lie Stonewall wants to lower age of consent

A Scottish Alba Party parliamentary candidate has been condemned for spreading the ‘dangerous and irresponsible’ lie that Stonewall wants to lower the age of consent to 10-years-old. Margaret Lynch, the Central Scotland…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Fury at UNHCR as burned Kakuma LGBTQIA+ refugee dies

Activists slam the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after Kakuma Camp LGBTQIA+ refugee and human rights defender Chriton ‘Trinidad’ Atuhwera dies from burns sustained in a homophobic attack. The 22-year-old had been in…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Judge to decide if gay couple who tied the knot in 1974 will have marriage validated

Nearly five decades after they tied the knot, a gay Winnipeg couple is still fighting to have their marriage registered by the Manitoba government. "We're dealing with irrational prejudice here," said Chris…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

The Man on a Mission to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in China

The wedding in the spring of 2016 was unlike any China had ever witnessed — two men stood shoulder to shoulder in matching purple tuxedos, professing love and promising to spend their…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Mexican Netflix street vendor star ‘Lady Tacos’ eyes jump to political stage

After Mexico City’s ‘Lady Tacos de Canasta,’ a street vendor featured in a Netflix series, stood up to police who she said harassed her on the street, she decided to take her…

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Sayan Bhattacharya: Memory, Invisibility, and Trans and Hijra Persons in India

Sayan Bhattacharya (they/them) is a Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, as well as a queer and trans rights activist in India. In this piece we…

ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Anti-LGBT+ groups are now pushing voter suppression and anti-vax conspiracy theories

In an unsurprising development, a cluster of right-wing groups that actively campaign for anti-trans bills are also backing voter suppression and anti-vaccine conspiracies. New restrictions that could see tougher limits on early…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Brunel Museum seeks LGBTQ+ engineers to change perceptions

The Brunel Museum is looking to work with engineers who identify as LGBTQ+ to help change perceptions of what makes an engineer. The museum plans to create a series of films to…

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