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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: 11/25/2019

Battered with bricks and stabbed: Two trans women brutally killed in Colombia in two days

In just two days, two trans women were found dead by Colombian authorities in a spree of anti-LGBT violence that has battered the country. Jerrika Rivas Ruíz was found allegedly murdered in…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

‘Forbidden’ LGBT+ art takes center stage at Thai gallery

Intimate portraits of friends created by a Chinese artist before he took his own life. An Indian painter’s depiction of life before and after gay sex was decriminalized. These are some of…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

Malawians conflicted over LGBT+ rights, tolerance, research finds

Nearly all Malawians think LGBT+ human rights should be protected, yet the same number could not accept a gay or lesbian family member, according to a first-of-its kind report released this week.…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

All-transgender hockey team believed to be a first for the sport

The goals are big for an all-transgender hockey team known as Team Trans. Comprised of more than a dozen players from Canada and the United States, it’s believed to be the first…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

Uncovering Colonial Williamsburg’s LGBTQ history

Aubrey Moog-Ayers was outside of an apothecary shop a few years ago, working as an orientation interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, when two men pulled her aside. The men, who said…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

LGBT advocates call for Australia to release Saudi gay journalist couple

Two gay Saudi journalists, who claim they were outed in retaliation for contacts one of them had with a foreign media outlet, have been detained in Australia after requesting asylum. LGBT advocates…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

The Oldest LGBT Film Festival in Europe Returns to Slovenia

The Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival is back for its 35th edition, officially starting Saturday, 23 November, and with events planned for Ptuj, Koper, Maribor, Bistrica ob Sotli, Idrija and Trst (aka Trieste,…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

Lil Nas X makes Grammy history as the first openly gay rapper nominated in top categories

Last week Lil Nas X made history when his earworm of a hit “Old Town Road” nabbed a Country Music Assn. award, making him the first openly gay black male to do…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

Ireland Slips in Global LGBTI Safety Poll

Ireland's reputation among LGBT holidaymakers has fallen slightly, according to a new global poll. Gallup asked 1,000 Irish participants 'Is the city or area where you live a good place or not…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2019

Vietnamese pop music’s exuberant take on LGBT

A slew of musical videos featuring LGBT characters have been released and become YouTube sensations in 2019. The most popular has been Truc Nhan’s song titled "Sang Mat Chua" (Serve You Right),…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2019

Malaysia’s LGBT community under siege as government ignores abuse

Malaysia's LGBT community is on high alert after its members have received rare jail terms, raising fears of increased persecution by religious authorities as the government steps aside, unwilling to anger conservative…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2019

American Medical Association announces support for U.S. ban on conversion therapy

The U.S. physicians’ group the American Medical Association announced on Tuesday it would begin supporting a ban on so-called conversion therapy, as well as working toward more inclusive healthcare record-keeping for transgender…

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