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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: 01/25/2023

Report documents continued persecution of LGBTQ+, intersex people in Cameroon

A 2022 Human Rights Watch report shows LGBTQ+ and intersex people in Cameroon continue to suffer persecution and abuse. The Penal Code of 2016 criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual activity for both men…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

After failed heterosexual marriages, this Israeli lesbian couple is living it up

Sarah and Tammy were both married to men at a time when relationship with other women was unheard of; after decades in the closet, they finally found each other and they are…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

Rights court fines Lithuania for putting warning label on LGBT children’s book

Europe’s top rights court sided with a deceased Lithuanian children’s book author on Monday in a dispute stemming from the government's view that gay fairy tales harm children. The European Court of…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

Russia: Putin’s Kremlin targets LGBT in new crackdown

"I'm the only monster drag queen in Russia," Danya proudly tells me as he applies ghostly-white make-up in front of a mirror. We're sitting in his kitchen, a rainbow flag adorning the…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

‘Most dangerous session we’ve seen.’ Missouri leads nation in anti-LGBTQ legislation

For State Sen. Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate, it’s been painful to watch his colleagues file an onslaught of bills that attack his community. He worries…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2023

Hundreds of backpacks delivered for homeless LGBTQ youth

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Volunteers made 700 backpacks with essential items for homeless LGBTQ youth Sunday. Each pack had things like shampoos, gloves, and hats. The San Diego Human Rights Campaign does…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2023

Canadians are being asked to host LGBTQ+ Ukrainian refugees

A coalition of activists is launching a new initiative to recruit and support Canadian hosts for LGBTQ+ Ukrainian refugees. Since fleeing their homes, many queer Ukrainian refugees have not felt safe owing to…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2023

The Last Act Of Premier Su: Taiwan Recognises Same-sex Marriages Of Transnational Couples

In a historic move, Taiwan has moved to recognise transnational same-sex couples from countries that do not recognise same-sex marriage. On Friday, the government of Taiwan decided to recognise same-sex marriage between its…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2023

Israeli president’s gay son arrives with partner at LGBTQ event

President Issac Herzog's son, who is openly gay and living with his partner David and their three children, arrived at the 100th theatre performance of a play about the horrific murder at…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2023

Protesters gather again outside Santee YMCA over locker room access for transgender residents

More than 100 people gathered Saturday outside the Santee YMCA to protest rules allowing transgender residents access to the locker rooms of their choice, a smaller crowd than had met earlier in…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2023

Science Museum denies removing trans ‘boy or girl’ exhibit over right-wing backlash

The Science Museum has rejected claims it removed a trans-inclusive exhibit due to complaints being made, insisting it was taken down as part of updates to its display. Both The Daily Mail…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2023

Church Of England Apologizes For ‘Hostile And Homophobic’ LGBTQ Treatment — But Still Bans Marriages

The Church of England issued an apology for its treatment of LGBTQ people Friday, days after bishops said it would not allow same-sex marriages inside its churches following a six-year period of…

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