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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: 07/03/2020

National Human Rights Commission recommends that Nepal legalise same-sex marriage

The National Human Rights Commission has said that it is unfortunate that same-sex marriage has not been legalised in the country even though it has been five years since an expert committee…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2020

COVID-19 forces closing of Fredericton’s only LGBTQ nightclub

Losses attributed to COVID-19 have forced a popular LGBTQ nightclub in Fredericton to close its doors. Boom! Nightclub's drag performances, shimmery curtains and colourful parties featuring glow sticks and karaoke nights have…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2020

South Africa: Officials banned from ‘refusing to marry’ same-sex couples

There has been a major victory for same-sex couples looking to tie the knot in South Africa, after the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed a rule which forbids religious and administrative…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2020

Vietnam’s ‘first trans dad’ shows LGBT+ openness and challenges

When Dao Minh Khang halted his hormone therapy last year, little did he know he would quickly get pregnant and become Vietnam’s first transgender father. Khang’s pregnancy and the birth of his…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2020

Montenegro legalises same-sex civil partnerships

Montenegro voted to legalise same-sex civil partnerships on Wednesday, becoming the first European country outside of Western Europe and the European Union to legally recognise gay and lesbian couples. The law received…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2020

Costa Rica Continues to Strive Towards Equality: Same-Sex Couples May Adopt Children

Following the legalization of equal marriage, Costa Rica now offers same-sex couples the opportunity for joint adoption and guarantees the rights of children from homo-parental families. On May 26th, a historical milestone…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2020

Pride celebrations stir tensions in Turkey

This year’s LGBT Pride celebrations have exposed fault lines in Turkey as authorities called for caution against what they call LGBT propaganda, while companies who adopted rainbow colours on social media have…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2020

Trump administration wants to end another Obama-era protection for transgender people

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that it plans to roll back an Obama-era rule that barred federally funded homeless shelters from discriminating against transgender people. The department said…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2020

Iraqi news media ‘promoting hate speech’ against LGBT people

Iraqi media outlets have become key promoters of "hate speech" against LGBT people, according to a new report by Iraqi LGBT rights organisation IraQueer published on Tuesday. The report, titled "BIASED: Iraqi…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2020

‘Work to do’ as coronavirus hits LGBT+ Jamaicans hard

Paris Lewinsky has been taking hormones for almost a year and is starting to grow breasts. But the transgender Jamaican’s long-held dream of physically transitioning is now under threat, because she cannot…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2020

Despite racial marginalization, Black transgender women “at the front” of the LGBT movement

The 51st annual Pride Month was commemorated amidst the coronavirus pandemic and a national and international uprising against anti-Black racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The origins…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2020

Gabon votes to reverse ban on homosexuality

Gabon’s Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, a landmark result that makes the country one of the few in Africa to reverse a ban on same-sex relationships. Under a law passed…

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