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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: 10/11/2019

How This Brazilian Drag Queen Is Taking the Pop World By Storm—And Fighting for LGBTQ Rights Along the Way

If Pabllo Vittar is making headlines, they might be about her smash hit songs, her astonishing fashion week outfits, her disruptive political statements, or some combination of the three. Over the last…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2019

The Horrifying Campaign Against LGBTQ People in Poland—and How the U.S. Has Made It Worse

In a poll conducted last month in the lead-up to this Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Poland, Poles under 40 were asked to name what they considered the greatest threat to their country.…

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The migrant caravans: Finally feeling safe, she longs for her wife and son

Marveny Suchite lives with her American immigration sponsor in a bungalow here on a tree-lined street. A neighbor’s yard sign reads: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2019

Mum of teen who died by suicide after being outed demands urgent action

A mother whose son took his own life after bullies outed him online is calling for action on the “epidemic” of LGBT+ bullying. Tyler Clementi, 18, tragically died in 2010. He was…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2019

Brazil must reinstate funding for LGBT films because they ‘deserve protection’, judge rules

A federal judge has ruled that Brazil must reinstate suspended funding for LGBT+ films because they “deserve protection”, in a victory for LGBT+ activists and filmmakers. Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to halt government…

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Australian Christian Lobby backs sacking of employees with no ‘Christian sexual ethic’

The Australian Christian Lobby has backed calls for religious businesses such as aged care providers to gain more powers of hiring and firing employees who do not conform to religious teachings. In…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2019

This negative guy schooling people about HIV on Scruff is a breath of fresh air

A negative guy educated a man he met on Scruff about HIV, clarifying some common misconceptions, and Twitter is taken aback by how well it went. Grant, a HIV educator from New…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2019

Gay Peruvian congressman resigns

Alberto de Belaunde, who was one of two openly gay congressmen in Peru, stepped down late Monday night after Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the South American country's Congress. De Belaunde is…

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Poland’s drift to right divides young male and female voters

Out on the campaign trail before Poland’s parliamentary elections, Jolanta Banach, a leftwing candidate, has noticed a recurring pattern. “There’s a young couple out for a walk with a pushchair, and I…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2019

U.S. Supreme Court divided on LGBT employment protection; Gorsuch could be key

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided over whether a landmark federal law forbidding sex discrimination in the workplace protects gay and transgender employees, with conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch emerging…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2019

Gay Jamaican asylum seekers find new life in US with LGBT task force

Maurice Newman was thriving in Jamaica, fulfilling his dreams. He was teaching the fifth grade and also traveling for the government, training fellow teachers. He was building his life, living in the…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2019

Gay men seen dying from AIDS due to Africa’s homophobic laws

Thousands of gay men in Africa are likely dying from HIV-related illnesses every year due to homophobic laws that stifle their chances of being tested and treated, said researchers behind a study…

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