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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: 06/23/2018

Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming

Over the past week, the separation of 2,000 children from their parents along the U.S. border has forced immigration into the national spotlight. The majority of migrants aren’t dangerous criminals. Many are…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Czech Republic Introduces Draft Law to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Czech Republic just introduced a draft law to legalize same-sex marriage today (22 June).According to Jsme Fer: ‘Today, the government has issued a favourable opinion with a draft law that would allow gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

South African Court Says that Religion is Not a Defense for Homophobic Hate Speech

A South African court has ruled against a pastor who tried to justify anti-gay hate speech with his religious beliefs. Prominent pastor Oscar Bougardt was recently found in contempt of court for making anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

This Matchmaker is Helping India’s LGBT Community Find Love

Matchmakers — both official and not —- have long been a part of South Asian life. But Urvi Shah is perhaps the only one that specializes in fixing up members of India’s LGBT community.…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Bullying of LGBT Youth Still Pervasive in Thai Schools

As an openly gay man, Kangwan Fongkaew experienced a range of abuse as a child; from being called names, to being pushed around and even forced to play football by his teachers…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Turkey’s LGBT Community Vows to March for Pride Despite Crackdown Fears

Though they fear what Sunday's elections may bring, LGBT activists intend to unite and march in this year’s Pride Parade. Turkey’s LGBT community has vowed not to surrender in its battle against…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Kenya Takes Steps to Recognize Intersex People

Kenya is beginning to recognize people who identify as intersex, meaning they are born with genitalia, chromosomes or reproductive organs that don’t fit the typical definitions of male or female. A major…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

For the First Time, Vatican Uses the Term LGBTI in an Official Document

The Vatican this month is showing unprecedented, if symbolic, outreach on issues of human sexuality, using what’s believed to be for the first time the term ‘‘LGBT’’ — in a planning document…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

School Uniforms go Unisex as Japanese Schools Seek Better fit for LGBTI Students

An emerging number of Japanese schools are introducing unisex uniforms or flexible uniform codes in an effort to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. School officials hope the move will ease…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

Gay Conversion Therapy’s Disturbing 19th-Century Origins

In 1899, a German psychiatrist electrified the audience at a conference on hypnosis with a bold claim: He had turned a gay man straight. All it took was 45 hypnosis sessions and a…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

Juneteenth Festivities, Black LGBTQ Pride Converge in Dallas Celebration

Kyrs Yayo and Avion Wilson — one dressed head to toe in Fendi, the other in all white — spent months and hundreds of dollars coordinating their outfits for Saturday’s Juneteenth Unity…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

Year in Review: LGBTI Rights in Latin America

TeleSUR takes a look at some key events for LGBTI rights in the past year in Latin America and the Caribbean. Bermuda | Brazil | Saint Lucia | Uruguay | Chile |…

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