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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: 01/28/2023

FDA moves to ease rules for blood donations from gay men

The U.S. is moving to further ease restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men and other groups that typically face higher risks of HIV. The Food and Drug Administration on…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

How Uganda’s anti-gay law fell through in 2014

When Mr David Bahati fronted the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in the House back in 2009, it seemed destined to cause uproar both at home and abroad. As indeed it did. In the Bill,…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

Chilean government seeks to implement LGBTQ, intersex rights agenda

A conversative Chilean newspaper’s article on Sunday that said the Women and Gender Equity Ministry was preparing to introduce a bill that would create an LGBTQ and intersex rights undersecretariat prompted mixed…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

LGBTQ+ stigma in Gauteng clinics

Released last week, the third edition of the Gauteng State of Health report outlines key challenges people living with HIV, key populations and other public healthcare users face in the province. The research encompassed…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA HONOURS FOR LGBT ADVOCATES DAVID POLSON, MICHAEL BARNETT AND REBECCA JOHNSON

The 2023 Australia Day honours were announced on Wednesday acknowledging the trailblazing work done by around 1,047 Australians. LGBTQI rights activists and HIV advocates were among those honoured with awards. David Polson,…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Santos’ ‘groomer’ rhetoric highlights hypocrisy

The revelations of photos showing George Santos in drag prompted a wave of news stories pointing out that the latest developments represented yet another chapter in the freshman lawmaker’s never-ending trail of…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Europe moves towards trans self-ID despite controversy

Elinor Höke hates going to the doctor's. The transgender student is registered under her former name, and dreads hearing it shouted across the crowded waiting room at her local clinic in western…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Australian basketball’s first pride round lauded despite some NBL players’ reluctance to wear LGBTQ+ jersey

The NBL’s first pride round still sends a strong message of inclusivity despite the reluctance of several players to wear a logo supporting the LGBTQ+ community, according to Australian national nonprofit inclusion…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Pope Francis calls for end to anti-gay laws and LGBTQ+ welcome from church

Pope Francis has criticised laws that criminalise homosexuality as “unjust”, saying God loves all his children just as they are, and calling on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ+…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2023

Adoption of gay blessings would lead to the removal of Welby as leader of the Anglican world — warn Global South archbishops

IF the General Synod of the Church of England affirms the House of Bishops’ recommendations to ‘Bless’ Same Sex Marriage, or Civil Partnerships, the Church of England will be in violation of…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2023

German Diocese Issues Remarkably LGBTQ-Positive Guidelines for Sex Education

A German diocese has released new guidelines on sex education that are remarkably LGBTQ-positive, including an appreciation of diverse sexual identities and approval of blessing same-gender couples. The Diocese of Limburg approved…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2023

Under Eric Adams, a Rikers Island Unit That Protected Trans Women Has Collapsed

In December 2021, as Christmas was approaching, a trio of trans women decided to bring some holiday cheer to their dorm at the Rose M. Singer Center, a jail complex on the…

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