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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: 09/18/2022

Turkish Regulator Criticized Over Public Service Video

Turkish media and LGBTQ groups are questioning a decision by the country’s regulator to classify a video from a coalition of conservative groups as a public service announcement. The Radio and Television…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2022

Texas judge halts investigations of transgender families who belong to national advocacy group

A state district judge on Friday granted a temporary halt into the investigations of families with transgender children who belong to one of the largest LGBTQ advocacy groups in the country. The…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2022

Police and anti-LGBT protesters clash in Belgrade as EuroPride march goes ahead

Serbian riot police clashed with anti-LGBT protesters in the capital Belgrade on September 17, as a last minute government decision allowed the EuroPride march to go ahead. The Serbian authorities had previously…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2022

Egypt integrates sex education ‘to stop homosexuality’

The Egyptian education ministry has ordered educational directorates to integrate concepts of sexual education, sexual harassment and sexual violence into the basic education curriculum, local media reported on Thursday. The move is…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Anti-gay sentiment shows limit of Gulf states’ liberal drive

Teachers returning for the new academic year in the United Arab Emirates were struck by a new bureaucratic demand. In a new code of conduct, one clause in particular jumped out: “refrain . . . from…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Dance music festival gets Uganda’s OK despite worries that it ‘promotes gays’

One of East Africa’s most popular music festivals has been cleared to go ahead after members of parliament tried to ban it for “promoting gays” in the country. The Nyege Nyege festival…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Divorcing the TQ from LGB

The LGB is divorcing the TQ and there is a court case. While the world’s eyes are on Britain changing monarchs, those of us who are interested in gender politics are again…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

EASTERN EUROPEActivists in Ukraine city to hold Pride events

Activists in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv will hold a series of Pride events in the coming days. A press release that Kharkiv Pride released notes events that will take place from…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Defying ministry, rabbis tell school to put transgender boy in female-only class

Over a dozen rabbis called Thursday for a religious school in central Israel to force an 8-year-old transgender student into a female-only classroom, defying the wishes of both the boy’s parents and…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Japan’s first gay elected member of parliament visits SF

San Francisco's GLBT Historical Society Museum welcomed Taiga Ishikawa, Japan's first gay member of parliament, during his recent visit to San Francisco. Ishikawa, 48, is Japan's highest-ranking and only LGBTQ politician currently…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Despite ban and protests, LGBTQ organizers move forward with EuroPride march in Serbia

Organizers of European LGBTQ events in Belgrade this week said Friday they will hold a planned Pride march on the streets of the Serbian capital despite a police ban and threats from…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2022

Serbian pride officially banned after threats

The EuroPride was launched on September 12. Its opening passed without incidents, RFERL reports. However, on Tuesday, the Serbian authorities officially banned the event. The Pride Parade, scheduled for Saturday, is also…

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