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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: 04/13/2019

One Man Is Allegedly Targeting Gay German Teenagers In A Sweeping Harassment Campaign

On April 18, 2016, Max walked down the hall at his high school in Bremen, a midsize city in Northern Germany. He opened the glass door of a small office and saw…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2019

Israel Folau’s Rugby Australia contract to be terminated following anti-LGBT posts

Rugby Australia have announced they plan to terminate Israel Folau's contract following his anti-LGBT comments on social media. The devout Christian posted a message on his Instagram account on Wednesday, which read:…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Alarm bells sound over ‘outings’ in Japan’s LGBT community

People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which the "nail that sticks out…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

UN, EU Express Concerns About Threats Against Armenia’s LGBT Community

The United Nations, European Union, and local rights groups have expressed concerns about "hate speech" directed toward Armenia's LGBT community following reports of death threats against a transgender woman who spoke in…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Renowned LGBTI activist wants to become the Pete Buttigieg of India

LGBTI rights activist Harish Iyer announced this week he would be joining one of India’s major political parties, the Indian National Congress (INC). Iyer was looking forward to ‘working with the Mumbai…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Same-sex marriage will never happen in Fiji: PM

"As long as we are in government – Fiji will not allow same-sex marriage." This is the statement from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Raralevu Subdivision in Tailevu today. Bainimarama…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Japan’s first transgender prefectural assembly member elected in Hokkaido

Japan's first transgender prefectural assembly member has been elected in local elections here on April 7. The new member, Ayako Fuchigami, was designated male at birth and transitioned to a woman as…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Calls for pastor who celebrated Orlando massacre to be banned from Ireland

A petition has been signed almost 5,000 times calling for anti-LGBT+ pastor Steven Anderson to be banned from entering Ireland. Anderson—a preacher with the Faithful Word Baptist Church in the United States—is…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Buggery remains a crime, but UK hopes Guyana Govt. will soon facilitate gay rights

While Guyana and the United Kingdom (UK) continue to enjoy a healthy and fruitful relationship, and rarely butt heads when it comes to policies and laws, High Commissioner, Greg Quinn, said the…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Luxembourg’s gay premier praises Mexico LGBT+ progress, sees more work ahead

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel addressed the Mexican Senate on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to advance LGBT rights in the country of some 120 million people. On the third day of his…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

LGBT protesters storm Dorchester Hotel over Brunei’s gay sex laws

Gay rights activists storm and block the entrance of the Sultan-owned Dorchester hotel in central London in a protest against Brunei imposing a death by stoning penalty law against gays and adulterers…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2019

More than half of banned books challenged for LGBTQ content

More than half of the top 11 most frequently challenged and banned books of 2018 include LGBTQ content, according to a report released Monday by the American Library Association. “Books for youth…

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