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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: 11/28/2019

Japan’s Support for Gay Marriage Is Soaring. But Can It Become Law?

Ikuo Sato stood in front of a Tokyo court in April and told the world he was gay. To a packed room, he described the anxiety he had felt as a young…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2019

Gay Vietnamese tourists fined for committing ‘immoral act’ in Malaysia hotel

Two Vietnamese men pleaded guilty at a Sessions Court here today to committing “immoral activities” at a hotel room at Jalan Burma here, earlier this month. Tang Van Duc, 22, and Lee…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2019

From the US to Peru, these ‘parent groups’ targeting sex education are all backed by the Christian right

In the US, numerous ‘concerned parent’ and ‘mommy groups’ have taken stands against LGBTIQ justice, comprehensive sex education and ‘drag queen story hours’. But many of these groups are not as independent…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2019

Converting the Converters: Advocates in China Make the Case for LGBT-Affirming Mental Health Care

In an office tower in the western city of Xi’an, a lesbian woman in her 30s, who I’ll call “Xiu Ying,” sat in a conference room surrounded by psychological counselors peppering her…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2019

Under Trump, LGBTQ Progress Is Being Reversed in Plain Sight

When he campaigned for president, Donald Trump posed with the rainbow flag and became the first GOP nominee to mention LGBTQ citizens in his convention speech. In his first month as president,…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2019

India’s LGBT community protests against transgender law at Delhi pride parade

More than 1,000 members of India’s LGBT community took part in an annual pride parade in the nation's capital on November 24, 2019. Many of those at the event in New Delhi…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2019

Survey of 167 countries shows tolerance toward LGBT people rising globally

LGBT people have seen a rise in tolerance in almost every region of the world over the last decade, according to an index released on Monday. Iceland was named as the most…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2019

Sculpture honoring transgender community unveiled in New York City park

A new sculpture takes flight in New York City to celebrate the transgender community. The 10-foot tall sculpture is dedicated to the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Community (GNC) and was unveiled in…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2019

Elizabeth Warren is number one choice for Democrat candidate among LGBT voters, landmark poll finds

Elizabeth Warren is the top choice for LGBT+ voters as the democratic presidential candidate to take on Donald Trump, a landmark poll by YouGov and Out magazine has revealed. The online survey…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2019

Zimbabwe High Court Awards Damages In Ground Breaking Judgment

The Honourable Justice Bere awarded Ricky Nathanson, a transgender woman and activist originally from Bulawayo, $400,000 in damages. The High Court awarded Ms Nathanson damages for unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution and emotional…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

‘Sometimes, divorce is necessary.’ Fight for LGBTQ inclusion may finally split United Methodists

After years of debating gay rights, the United Methodist Church is probably headed for a big split. Months after global Methodist leaders voted against LGBTQ rights this year, five bishops representing the…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

Uganda bans thousands of charities in crackdown

Uganda’s government has told more than 12,000 charities that they can no longer operate in the country. Following a review that took place in August and September, the number of officially registered…

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