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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: 05/05/2022

From Ugandan Oppression To Detroit Freedom: One Gay Immigrant’s Story

Things were never great between Alistair Kiyingi and his father, but by 2017, they were getting worse, fast. In Kampala, Uganda, where his family lived, “there are not so many known homosexuals,”…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2022

Australian sentenced to 12 years in prison for 1988 cliff-top murder of gay American Scott Johnson.

An Australian court sentenced a man to 12 years behind bars Tuesday over the murder of a gay American in Sydney three decades ago, in a case that highlighted a series of…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2022

Greece: Letting police officers involved in brutal death of LGBTI activist off the hook sends chilling sign of impunity.

Reacting to today’s decision by the Athens Mixed Jury Court acquitting four police officers of involvement in the death of LGBTI activist Zak Kostopoulos, Glykeria Arapi, Director of Amnesty International Greece said:…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2022

Queer Nigerians stage defiant protest as government tries to ban ‘crossdressing’.

Around 50 LGBT+ activists took to the streets of Abuja, Nigeria, to protest a reviled bill that would make “crossdressing” illegal. The bill, which seeks to amend a 2013 act banning same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2022

LGBTQ Agenda: 19 states plan laws to support trans kids.

LGBTQ lawmakers from 19 states have or will introduce laws to protect trans kids from civil and criminal penalties when seeking gender-affirming care. At a virtual press conference May 3 with representatives…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2022

Anti-LGBTQ laws inspire many LGBTQ people to seek public office.

The avalanche of anti-LGBTQ laws before state legislatures this year is inspiring LGBTQ candidates to seek office. This is even happening in smaller cities and rural parts of the U.S. Some statehouses…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2022

Young queer people in regional SA find their voice through costume program.

Like many young queer people in regional South Australia, Levi Button has sometimes found it hard to express themself to friends and family. But a new program in one Riverland town is…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2022

Bosnia’s LGBT Community Hails ‘Historic’ Ruling Against Discrimination, Hate.

For all of Dina Bajraktarevic's adult life, Bosnia-Herzegovina has had a law in place banning discrimination, including based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But the 25-year-old native of Tuzla, in northeastern…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2022

‘Very scary’ leaked draft of abortion ruling could endanger LGBTQ decisions too.

A purported draft of what is believed to be the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on whether to overturn a long-standing decision protecting the right to abortion not only indicates the court…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2022

ILGA World conference comes to Long Beach to talk LGBTQ+ rights

Hundreds of international LGBTQ+ activists will converge on Long Beach next week for the ILGA World conference. Approximately 600 human rights defenders, United Nations and government representatives, scholars, and funders, will meet…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2022

Healthcare For All: LGBTQ-Inclusive Health Cover Is A Must In Corporates

The LGBTQ community has been fighting for its rights in the corporate world for a long time. For most people, work is often stressful, and the additional burden of hiding the most…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2022

eSwatini court refuses to recognise LGBTQ rights group

A court in eSwatini, Africa’s last absolute monarchy where homosexuality is still banned, has rejected a bid by the country’s leading LGBTQ rights group for official recognition, the group said Saturday. The judges…

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