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  • Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 01/05/2021

Italy’s coronavirus vaccine rollout will forcibly out transgender and non-binary people

Italy’s segregated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine by gender will forcibly out transgender people, campaigners have warned. As part of the EU’s mass vaccination programme, which will make the COVID-19 vaccine available…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

Greece Just Appointed Its First Out Gay Cabinet Minister

The center-right government of Greece announced the country’s first out minister on Monday. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appointed Nicholas Yatromanolakis as the new deputy minister of culture. The 44-year-old native of Athens…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

Prominent Transgender Activist in Colombia Dies

A prominent transgender activist in Colombia died on Saturday. Laura Weinstein, director of Fundación Grupo de Acción y Apoyo a Personas Trans (GAAT), a trans rights group based in the Colombian capital…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

Cuba: Church opens its doors to LGBTQI+ people

While most churches in Germany, the US and other Western countries now welcome gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersexual people, that is an exception in Cuba. And that exception is called Iglesia…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

‘Queering Cancer’ website creates community for LGBTQ+ cancer patients

Cancer doesn’t discriminate, but the health care system does. That’s the key message behind a new initiative co-developed by a University of the Fraser Valley professor aimed at creating a supportive online…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

Report: Denial of freedom of LGBTQ+ artistic expression in Sudan

At least three LGBTQ+ organisations in Sudan are forced to operate underground, forcing artists to work with virtually no financial support, according to a report published on December 10 by Freemuse. In…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

The K-pop inspired band that challenged gender norms in Kazakhstan

They made their debut as a boy band, expecting to create music and amass fans along the way. Instead they were met with anger, protests and even threats. They perform choreographed dance…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2021

People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

A total of 948 people altered their officially registered gender in Japan in 2019, the highest number since a law was enforced more than a decade ago as part of efforts to…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2021

The 2020 Top Ten LGBT Stories from Latin America and the Caribbean

Pandemic, lockdowns, and unemployment dominated life almost everywhere in 2020. The LGBT community in Latin America and the Caribbean has been impacted by these crises disproportionately. And yet, LGBT advocates were able…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2021

Pro Rugby Player Devin Ibanez Says He’s Received ‘Overwhelming Support’ After Coming Out Gay

Professional rugby player Devin Ibañez has said that he's received overwhelming support after coming out gay. Ibañez, who played with the New England Free Jacks in 2019, came out on Facebook and…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2021

‘Puberty blockers’ were lifesaving for my daughter – all young people deserve a shot at happiness

For most of us, the Bell v Tavistock ruling was just another news story. You may not even know what it was. But for a small group of British families, it meant…

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ADDED ON: 01/02/2021

LGBTQ, women: Draft science policy aims for inclusion, equity

In some path-breaking suggestions to promote inclusion of marginalised groups in science, a new draft policy on science and technology proposes that at least 30 per cent representation be ensured for women…

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