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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: 04/12/2021

Putin Officially Bans Same-Sex Marriage In Russia And Stops Transgender People Adopting

Russian president Vladimir Putin has put a ban on same-sex marriage and transgender adoptions, in a huge blow for LGBTQ+ rights. Putin officially changed the country’s constitution on a number of issues…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Backlash in Iran after academic calls for ‘removing gays’ from Tehran

Activists launched a petition against an Iranian academic and theatre director who was slammed for making homophobic remarks in an outrageous rant against the Iran's LGBTQ+ community. Last month, Ghotboddin Sadegh told…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

After Going ‘Free of L.G.B.T.,’ a Polish Town Pays a Price

When local councilors adopted a resolution two years ago declaring their small town in southeastern Poland “free of L.G.B.T.,” the mayor didn’t see much harm in what appeared to be a symbolic…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

Sick vandals deface LGBT+ centre with transphobic graffiti amid Spanish fight for trans rights

An LGBT+ centre in Madrid has been vandalised with homophobic and transphobic graffiti as tensions rise over a new “trans law” in Spain. Prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s ruling socialist party has been…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

Majlis Podcast: Uzbekistan In The Spotlight For The Wrong Reasons

Since 2016, when Uzbekistan's first president, Islam Karimov, died, the authorities have been working to change the image the country inherited from Karimov as a chronic rights abuser. There have been some…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

Angry LGBTQI+ community demands justice following brutal murder

As Human Rights Month ended, Sphamandla Khoza’s family learnt that he was killed in an alleged hate crime which sparked outrage, calls for justice and marches. Last week, the 34-year-old’s body was…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

LGBTQ Members Face Threats in Iraqi Kurdistan

The plight of Iraq's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer (LGBTQ) community returned to the spotlight last week when Kurdish security forces in Sulaymaniyah reportedly arrested several gay men. The…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

LBQ Womxn in Uganda: a plea for equal access to health

Freedom and Roam Uganda, a lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) organisation, is about to publish a book urging Ugandan human rights and health-care rights advocates to incorporate acceptance of sexual and gender…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

Germany bans surgery on intersex infants

Last month, German lawmakers voted to ban unnecessary surgeries on babies born with intersex characteristics. The legislation was officially adopted on March 25. While it makes Germany only the third country to…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

Intersex Kids Are Getting Caught in the GOP’s War on Trans Health Care

Republicans across the country have spent the better part of 2021 trying to cut off transgender children’s access to gender-affirming health care. Some have falsely compared it to child abuse, "genital mutilation,"…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

Attack on Blogger Drives Uzbek Gay Community Underground

Members of Uzbekistan's LGBT community say they have been driven underground in fear of a violent backlash after a blogger and some of his supporters were attacked last month following social media…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Panel of Japan’s ruling LDP to seek early passage of law on LGBT understanding

A ruling party committee said Thursday that it will aim to enact a law to promote understanding of sexual minorities during the ongoing session of the Diet, set to end in June.…

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