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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: 06/19/2018

Top Philippine court hears landmark gay marriage case

Two same-sex couples denied licences to wed urged the Supreme Court to strike down a 1987 law that states marriage must be between a man and a woman. “When the right to…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

After Crackdown, Egypt’s LGBT Community Contemplates ‘Dark Future’

Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as “the best moment” of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Japanese Firms Solidify LGBT Policy

Japanese companies are increasingly integrating gender diversity policies into their central business strategies, to keep up with the global trend of harnessing the skills and purchasing power of lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Inside Tunisia’s Shams Rad – The Arab world’s ‘Only Gay Radio Station’

Homosexuality is both illegal and widely considered to be unacceptable in Tunisia. But since the 2011 revolution, activists have seen that standing up for their beliefs can result in change. Now LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

As Plans Take Shape for National LGBT Museum, P.E. Islanders Reflect on Local History

As plans for the country’s first LGBT museum take shape in Ottawa, some Islanders are taking stock of what possible contributions might come from P.E.I., and reflecting on how far they’ve come.…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2018

Philippine Lawyer Finds Unlikely Ally in Duterte in Fight to Legalise Gay Marriage

In the Philippines, where Catholicism is dominant and divorce is still illegal, a young atheist, openly gay lawyer is leading a historic fight for same-sex marriage. Jesus Falcis, 31, will face the…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2018

What It’s like Growing up with an LGBT Parent, in Their Kids’ Own Words

Just in time for Pride in June, “Rainbow Relatives: Real-World Stories and Advice on How to Talk to Kids About LGBTQ+ Families and Friends” (May 8, 2018) is a collection of intimate,…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

Pope Francis: Same-Sex Couples Are Not ‘Families’

When it comes to stances on LGBT rights, Pope Francis can be hot and cold. The leader of the Catholic Church was cold on Saturday, when he expressed a limited view of…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

Edinburgh Pride Celebrated in Style as Thousands Parade Through Capital for LGBTI Festival

Thousands of people have attended Edinburgh’s Pride festival, with a parade carving a route through the heart of the capital. The theme for Pride Edinburgh 2018 is “true colours” as organisers of the LGBTI event marked…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

GCHQ Seeks Gay Codebreakers

INTELLIGENCE agency GCHQ has taken out an ad for new recruits in a gay magazine – 64 years after the country’s greatest codebreaker was hounded to death for his homosexuality. The service…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2018

This World Cup, Let’s Talk About Russia’s LGBTIQ Rights Record

The World Cup started this week. Potentially thousands of fans and athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer have arrived in Russia. As a gay woman and activist,…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2018

Record Number of LGBT Candidates Seeking Office in 2018

More than 400 LGBTQ candidates are running for public office in the United States in 2018, more than ever before in an election cycle, according to data from the Victory Institute. The…

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