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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: 05/08/2022

Article: Russian Orthodox Church Under Threat Of EU Sanctions

The European Union is debating on imposing sanctions on Patriarch Kirill, the head of The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), also known as the Moscow Patriarchate, who leads about 100 million believers. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2022

Gay man who livestreamed anti-government protest in Cuba released from prison

A gay man who received a 6-year prison sentence for live-streaming an anti-government protest in Cuba has been released. Tremenda Nota, the Washington Blade’s media partner in Cuba, and sources on the…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2022

Federal judge leaves open possibility Alabama transgender medicine law could go into effect

A federal judge Friday afternoon floated the possibility that state law making medication for transgender youth illegal could go into effect on Sunday without a ruling on a motion from families of…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2022

Gay man plays leading role in drafting Chile’s new constitution

Gaspar Domínguez, the vice president of Chile’s Constitutional Convention that will rewrite the country’s constitution, is a 33-year-old openly gay man. Domínguez last week spoke with the Washington Blade about the historic…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2022

Appeals Court Rejects Ruling That Gay Nigerian Didn’t Prove He’s Gay

A Nigerian man’s asylum bid has been revived after a ruling by a U.S. appeals court Wednesday. The man said he was applying for asylum because of his sexual orientation and his…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2022

Minister publishes update on work to disregard historic convictions of gay and bisexual men

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, has published a progress report from the Working Group to examine the ‘Disregard of Convictions for Certain Qualifying Offences Related to Consensual Sexual Activity between Men’.…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2022

Biden taps 1st Black woman, LGBT White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday named Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary, the first Black woman and openly LGBTQ person to serve in the role.…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2022

Obergefell was central to the Court’s landmark ruling on gay marriage. Now he’s terrified

In his draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito tries to limit the blast radius of his ruling by writing that abortion is fundamentally different from other privacy…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2022

Sydney’s Anglican Schools Livid Over Decree Against Gay Marriage

Schools have been left reeling after revelations a decree by the Sydney diocese was addressed to school leaders asking them to sign a document affirming, they believe marriage is between a man…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2022

Trans Ukrainians being forced back into closet as cruel despot Putin’s bloodthirsty war rages on

LGBT+ Ukrainians have been living in fear and uncertainty ever since Russia launched its full scale invasion in February. Now, some are retreating into the closet in the face of anti-LGBT+ aggression, a prominent…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2022

LGBT Community Under Increased Threat In Colombian Port Town

Buenaventura, a major Afro-Colombian port city on Colombia's western coast, has long been regarded as one of the country's most dangerous cities. Armed groups would dismember victims and dispose of their remains…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2022

Call for transnational gay spouse fix

Human rights and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups on Wednesday urged the government to expedite a proposed amendment to allow all transnational same-sex couples to register their marriage in Taiwan. Although Taiwan legalized same-sex…

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