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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: 05/31/2018

High Court Will Rule on Ending Gay Sex Ban in Botswana

Botswana’s High Court will today hear arguments to end the country’s laws banning same-sex relations. A gay man known only as LM filed the case against Botswana’s Attorney-General. LM contends that three…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Swedish Orchestra Turns Homophobic Hate Mail Into Music

After receiving homophobic hate mail over a concert that included music by LGBT composers, a Swedish orchestra has responded by turning the messages into music. The anonymous letter to the Helsingborg Symphony…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

How Feminism Can Help in the Fight Against Transphobia

TERFs - or trans-exclusionary radical feminists - is an internet buzzword that recently rose from obscurity and found itself increasingly in newspaper headlines, TV shows and mainstream discussion. Pretty much shorthand for…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Being Queer in Madagascar, One of the World’s Most Underreported Countries

Being gay in Madagascar doesn’t echo the loud and proud essence of queer communities in the west. Oppressed by the weight of far-right wing politics, societal discrimination, and a lack of international…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Culture News in Brief: First Transgender Winner of Mr Gay Denmark Speaks Out Against Shallow LGBTI Circles

Jansen is not an obvious winner of what many might regard as a beauty award. “A gay man is desirable if he is young, muscular and cisgender, and I am neither of…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

In Hong Kong, Gay People Prescribed Prayers and No Sex as a ‘cure’

Stop watching porn, look “macho” and avoid spending time alone with other boys - this was the advice Alvin Cheung in Hong Kong received after reaching out for help when he realised…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

Ecuador: LGBT Community Rejoices Court Recognizing Gay Couple as Family

Satya Amani Bicknell Rothon will soon be registered with the last names of the two mothers as a couple, Helen Bicknell and Nicola Rothon. LGBT rights advocates and members of the community…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

Barbados Elects Pro-LGBTI Female Prime Minister

Barbados last week elected its first female prime minister, who is also pro-LGBT, in a landslide victory. Mia Mottley will lead the Caribbean island country, and her party, the Barbados Labour Party,…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

High-profile Japanese Businesswoman Kazuyo Katsuma Announces she is in Same-sex Relationship

One of the nation’s most influential businesswoman on Monday surprised many of the country’s working women by disclosing she is in same-sex relationship, possibly a game-changing milestone in the nation’s slow but…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2018

Osaka Lavatory Signs Do More Harm than Good, Say Members of LGBT Community

Restroom signs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have drawn an unexpected backlash from sexual minorities in Japan. The city of Osaka put a rainbow-colored sticker representing sexual diversity on the…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2018

Growing up LGBT in Ireland ‘still Quite Difficult’, Says Report

Ireland is still a difficult place for young LGBT people to live, even after the marriage equality referendum, according to the head of Belong To at the launch of its annual report…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2018

Birmingham Pride: Rainbow Train Unveiled as LGBTI Community Celebrates

Birmingham Pride took place over the weekend – with the LGBT community out in force to celebrate the event. The wet weather did not deter thousands from taking to the streets to…

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