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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: 03/24/2020

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalize gay marriage

Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalize gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are “on the wrong side of history”, leading human rights specialists said…

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ADDED ON: 03/24/2020

LGBT+ homeless fear violence, illness as coronavirus shuts U.S. shelters

The coronavirus is causing the closure of homeless centers across the United States, putting LGBT+ people without housing at increased risk of suicide, health complications or hate crimes, according to homelessness experts.…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2020

These South Korean women went abroad to get married. Then one spoke out at home, and the backlash began.

Kim Kyu-jin doesn't describe herself as an activist. That's a label that tends to scare people in South Korea's conformist society. She sees herself as just a working woman who wanted to…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2020

AS PEOPLE SOCIALLY DISTANCE, AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT APP SEES A BOOST IN LISTENERS

Adam Lippin is the founder of a peer emotional support app called HearMe. Lippin was inspired to create this app because of his own experience dealing with addiction and loneliness. He remembers…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2020

‘Unresolved grief’: coronavirus presents eerie parallels for many Aids advocates

Because of the coronavirus, the 7 million people who live in the San Francisco Bay Area have been one step shy of a full lockdown since Tuesday. Amid all the canceled plans,…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2020

Pride in London has been postponed until further notice due to coronavirus

Pride in London has been postponed until further notice due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers announced the decision in a statement released today (March 23) in which they said the…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Ryan Murphy donates medical supplies left over from Pose to coronavirus effort

Ryan Murphy has donated medical supplies used during filming for Pose to a hospital treating coronavirus victims in the US. The screenwriter, 54, shared a photo of medical supplies used during hospital…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Coronavirus Leaves Migrants along Mexico-U.S. Border even More Vulnerable

Jaime Antonio Marin Rocha and his mother, Yolanda Rocha, run Jardín de las Mariposas, a shelter for LGBT migrants in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Marin told the Washington Blade on…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Gay YouTuber takes aim at Indonesia’s ‘sexual deviant’ bill

An Indonesian YouTube star, whose videos about being gay and living with HIV have generated millions of views, is hoping his popular channel will help fight moves by lawmakers to clamp down…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Seeking truth in the war on the coronavirus

Jewel Thais-Williams said she’d call back. She was on the other line and had been inundated with calls asking how she was doing after eye surgery. Three hours later, the almost 81-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Scotland’s plans to reform gender-recognition laws could be ‘kicked into the long grass’ because of coronavirus

Scotland could put plans to reform gender recognition laws on hold because of the coronavirus crisis, according to The National. The reforms, which have been in the works since 2017, would make…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Global Methodist conference in Minneapolis to address LGBT inclusion is postponed

A historic meeting of the global United Methodist Church — one in which its future position on LGBT clergy and marriage was expected to be determined — has been postponed because of…

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