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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: 04/09/2019

LGBT activist Harish Iyer joins Congress, says queer people need to get into politics

LGBT activist Harish Iyer on Tuesday announced he is joining the Congress party. "I have officially joined the Congress and look forward to working with the Mumbai Congress team in weeding out…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2019

Peru Court Recognizes Legal Marriage of Lesbian Couple

A Peruvian court has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who sued the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status for refusing to register their marriage, which took place in Miami.…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2019

Poland’s Populists Pick a New Top Enemy: Gay People

Growing up in a small city in southern Poland, part of a religious family and conservative community, Maciej Gosniowski was told again and again that something was wrong with him. “It would…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2019

Homophobia scandal hits Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s European capital of culture

Plovdiv, one of the 2019 European capitals of culture, has become embroiled in a homophobia scandal as local officials attempt to remove the head of the organising committee over a photographic exhibition…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2019

Bisexual Bruneian man speaks out against country’s new penal code

A bisexual man in Brunei on April 5 said his country’s new penal code that calls for the death penalty for anyone convicted of consensual same-sex sexual relations is “weaponizing religion.” “Our…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2019

Two-Spirit: Meet the Native Americans embracing their LGBT+ tribe members

The sound of drums, singing and prayers marks the opening of a powwow in Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon. Marchers carry the flags of the United States and some of Arizona’s tribal…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2019

‘It’s dangerous to go out now’: young, gay and scared in Brunei

Draconian new laws have spread unease rather than outright panic in a population that is used to finding ways around legislation. A day after it became legally possible to be stoned to…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2019

In Indonesia, LGBT communities viewed as a moral threat – condemned by religion and, increasingly, by law

There was a commotion and then there was silence. Many of the guests had gathered around a small stage on which the dancers, and Ezra, were naked. Everyone froze and turned to…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

Paraguay’s LGBT community feels outcast amid conservative shift: “We are forgotten”

Paraguay's LGBT communities are feeling increasingly isolated amid a conservative shift in the Latin American country, even after they celebrated the global success of local lesbian drama film "Las Herederas" last year.…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

Ben Hunte says BBC Africa asked him to remove social media ‘for being gay’

BBC News’ LGBT Correspondent Ben Hunte has claimed that in his former role at BBC Africa he was asked to remove his social media over fears that his sexuality would not be…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

Netanyahu refuses to commit to LGBT agenda

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hosted a group of representatives of the LGBT community at the Prime Minister's Residence on Sunday. The meeting was also attended by the Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu,…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

For Malaysia’s embattled LGBTQI+ community, the promise of a new era with the change of government last year is yet to materialise

Shortly after Malaysia’s historic election in May, transgender activist Nisha Ayub and gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik had their portraits displayed at an art gallery in the city of Penang. The…

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