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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: 09/21/2022

iQiyi Says Deletion of LGBTQ Series in Singapore Is Temporary

Chinese-owned video streamer iQiyi has confirmed that it has blocked access in Singapore to ten gay-themed TV series. But it says that the move is temporary. “The content was temporarily removed in…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2022

Michigan Senate passes resolution condemning state’s controversial LGBTQ teacher training videos

In the first Senate session day since July, a resolution voted along party lines condemning controversial Michigan Department of Education (MDE) teacher training videos was adopted in the Michigan Senate Monday, Sept.…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2022

Bishops in Belgium authorize prayer for committed gay couples

The Flemish-speaking bishops of Belgium have appointed a contact person for ministry to and with gay Catholics and have authorized prayer for committed gay couples on the condition it is clear that…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2022

‘People should be who they are’: Kenyans embrace genderless fashion

A growing number of Kenyan labels are embracing genderless fashion, as a younger, more vocal generation calls for greater inclusivity and creativity in clothing designs. In July, fashion brand Vivo and Bold…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2022

Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany Faces LGBT-Rights Appeal Before World Cup

Qatar’s ambassador to Germany was urged Monday to abolish his country’s death penalty for homosexuality at a human rights congress hosted by the German soccer federation two months before the Middle East…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2022

Thousands march in anti-LGBT demonstration in Istanbul

Several thousand people have taken part in an anti-LGBT demonstration in Istanbul. They called for LGBT associations to be closed down and displayed signs that read: "protect your family and your generation",…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2022

Montana to let transgender people change their birth record

After months of defiance, Montana’s health department said Monday it will follow a judge’s ruling and temporarily allow transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificates. The judge issued a…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2022

Bishops’ Conference in the Philippines Denounces Gay Former Seminarian’s Wedding

In an unprecedented move, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has issued a public denouncement of a former seminarian for having a wedding service with his partner, according to UCA…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2022

SCOTTISH FOOTBALLER ZANDER MURRAY COMES OUT AS GAY

Scottish footballer Zander Murray, a striker for Gala Fairydean Rovers, has come out as gay. In an interview with Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club, Murray, 30, talked about the timing behind his…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2022

‘Life-changing’ Hamilton softball league becomes 3rd in Canada to join prestigious LGBTQ+ alliance

An LGBTQ-friendly softball league in Hamilton has joined the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA), becoming the only Hamilton sports league and just the third in Canada to be part of…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2022

Gay Likud MK defends Netanyahu’s push for inclusion of anti-LGBT Noam party in bloc

Likud MK Amir Ohana on Sunday defended party leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s push to get anti-LGBT party Noam into the Knesset in the next election, saying he was willing to give up some…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2022

Thousands march in Turkey to demand ban on LGBTQ groups

An anti-LGBTQ group marched Sunday in Istanbul, demanding that LGBTQ associations be shuttered and their activities banned, in the largest demonstration of its kind in Turkey. Several thousand people joined the demonstration…

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