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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: 07/05/2018

Photo Series Captures LGBT Activists from Around the World

A new photography exhibition has captured the faces of LGBT+ activists from all over the world in celebration of Pride. Queer Commonwealth: Faces of the LGBT+ Movement features 33 activists from Tonga…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2018

Mexico’s President-elect Cites LGBT Community in Victory Speech

Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Sunday became Mexico’s first leftist president in decades, winning in a landslide victory with more than 50 percent of the vote.López Obrador — commonly known by his…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2018

Hong Kong’s Top Court Makes Landmark Ruling in LGBT Rights Case

In a historic decision that could lead to greater rights for Hong Kong's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, the territory's high court has ruled that the same-sex partner of a…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2018

UK Bans ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy After Largest-Ever Online Survey

Britain on Tuesday unveiled its "action plan" to tackle discrimination against the gay community, which includes bringing forward legislation to ban the practice of conversion therapy. The plan was drawn up using…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2018

Why the Supreme Court Opening Could Affect Gay Marriage as Well as Abortion

In the week since Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement, the future of Roe v. Wade has dominated the conversation among both liberals and conservatives, becoming a flash point in the partisan…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2018

Japanese Women’s University to Accept Transgender Students

A Japanese women’s university said Tuesday it would admit transgender students who were born male but identify as female, a rare move in a country where LGBT rights lag behind other developed…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2018

Mexico’s New President (And What He Means for the Future of LGBT Rights)

The president-in-waiting, commonly referred to as AMLO, has been deemed a staunch populist seeking to end years of corruption, violence and inequity in Mexico. However, he has received criticism for his nationalist…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2018

Transgender Woman Makes History by Winning Miss Universe Spain

Ángela Ponce, 26, beat off competition from 22 other finalists to triumph at the contest in Tarragona, six years after Miss Universe was opened to trans contestants. Ponce will now go on to represent…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2018

Philippines Christians Apologize for LGBT Treatment

Religion has often been used to put down the LGBT community. But at a pride parade this past weekend in Marikina, a city just east of the Phillipines' capital of Manila, a…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2018

New Report Argues Indonesia’s Rising Intolerance Against LGBT Community is Creating a Health Crisis

Once considered a death sentence, decades of advancement in medicine have turned HIV/AIDS into a completely manageable disease. But advancements in science can only do so much when societal attitudes are regressing,…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2018

Police Beat and Arrest Protesters Defying Istanbul’s LGBT Pride Parade Ban

As dusk approached on Sunday, the streets filled with smiling faces that sparkled with glitter, along with ululating pop music and drums. All around, rainbow flags fluttered in the sky as the…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2018

Swaziland’s First Pride Parade Will Test Just How Accepting The Country Really Is

When Musa Dlamini was asked if he planned to dress up at Swaziland’s first ever LGBT Pride parade taking place Saturday, he responded without missing a beat. “I’ll be wearing white shorts,…

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