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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: 10/08/2019

Questions about sexual orientation and gender identity dumped from census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has ditched preparations to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2021 census, although a question on whether people are male, female or non-binary is…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2019

Uganda: Why government is reintroducing anti-gay law

At the end of August, the Ethics and Integrity minster, Fr Simon Lokodo, said his predecessor, Mr James Nsaba Buturo, would take leave of Parliament to reintroduce a private member’s Bill against…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2019

HIV diagnosis for 15 men waiting for drug on NHS

At least 15 people in England have tested HIV positive while waiting to get a place on a trial for a pill which prevents the disease. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2019

Islamist extremists exploited LGBT school teaching tensions to fuel hate – report claims

Islamist extremists exploited tensions over equality teaching in Birmingham schools to amplify hate against LGBT+ people, a hard hitting report claims. Hizb ut-Tahir and other pro-Islamist organisations allegedly tried to use the…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2019

Gay, transgender rights in spotlight as U.S. Supreme Court returns

The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term this week, with a major dispute on tap over whether a landmark decades-old federal anti-discrimination law that bars sex discrimination in the workplace…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2019

UK Transgender law reforms ‘will happen’ insists government

After reports that a public consultation on the matter had been abandoned, equalities minister Liz Truss is reportedly committed to completing the process in a way that has a ‘positive impact on…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2019

Poland’s election features a confident right-wing ruling party despite abortion, LGBT debates

Poles will cast their ballots in the national parliamentary election next Sunday, and the world is watching to see if they will deliver another decisive victory for the populist, right-wing Law and…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2019

French conservatives are protesting a bill that would fund IVF for most lesbian and single women

Several thousand conservative activists of all ages marched through Paris on Sunday to protest a French bill that would give lesbian couples and single women access to in vitro fertilization and related…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2019

Japanese MP makes waves by linking same-sex marriage to revising constitution

A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who are against it and also…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2019

‘Born to Be’ Review: Intimate Portrait of Transgender Surgery Pioneer Gets It Right

“Not every patient wants to have a surgical transition. Transition can take many forms,” says Dr. Jess Ting in an early interview in “Born to Be,” a poignant and finely tuned documentary…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2019

Russian man sues Apple after cryptocurrency “turned him gay”

A Russian man has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that a cryptocurrency app caused him to turn gay, according to a copy of the complaint seen by news agency AFP and…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2019

Star Stanford swimmer Abrahm Devine says he was kicked off team because he’s gay

An accomplished former Stanford swimmer claims in an Instagram post that he was kicked off the university's team because he's gay, CBS San Francisco reports. Abrahm Devine says in a caption under…

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