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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: 08/09/2019

Anthropological project Gaysian Faces aims to increase visibility of the LGBT+ South Asian community

A South Asian queer anthropology photography project titled Gaysian Faces has been created in a bid to increase visibility around LGBT+ individuals within Birmingham’s South Asian community. The project, inspired by the…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2019

Swaziland: LGBTI Discrimination in Swaziland Leads to Big Mental Health Issues, Report Finds

LGBTI people in Swaziland/eSwatini suffer mental health issues and many have attempted suicide because of the way they are discriminated against in the kingdom. This has prompted the authors of the first…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2019

IDF moves to expand integration of transgender troops

Israel's army is taking into account a slow but steady growth in number of transgender soldiers going through sex change processes before or during their military service, and is making more effort…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2019

Coca-Cola faces backlash in Hungary for ad featuring same-sex couples

Coca-Cola is facing intense criticism in Hungary over an ad campaign featuring same-sex couples, the latest instance of a vocal anti-gay backlash across parts of post-communist central Europe. Anger over the company's…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2019

Religious activist fined for burning library’s LGBTQ books

A religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of a library in Iowa has been convicted of criminal mischief and fined. Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2019

Effort to Roll Back Transgender Rights Fails in Uruguay

A ballot-box effort to roll back transgender rights in Uruguay failed to draw enough voters to the polls to trigger a national referendum, prompting LGBT+ rights supporters to declare victory on Monday…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2019

Sonoran marriage equality measure begins legislative journey

For the time being at least, Sonora’s family code defines marriage as the “legitimate union of a man and a woman,” and further states that same-sex marriages are “legally impossible.” But on…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Murder, ‘gay-hunters’ strike terror in Russia’s LGBT community

When LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva found her name on a hit list of a "gay-hunting" group, she did not appear to take the threat seriously. The group called itself "Pila", meaning "saw",…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Transsexuals more acceptable in Thai society: Nida Poll

Transsexual people have become more acceptable in Thai society, according to an opinion survey released on Sunday by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll. The poll was conducted on…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Polish state firms pouring ad cash into media that attack gay rights, research data shows

State companies in Poland have multiplied many times over their spending on advertising via news magazines that attack gay rights since the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Ohio GOP chair calls for state lawmaker who blamed mass shootings on gay marriage

Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken on Monday called for GOP state Rep. Candice Keller to resign after the lawmaker linked mass shootings in the U.S. to things such as gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2019

Same-Sex Union Vote Failure Dismays Montenegro’s LGBT Community

The Montenegrin parliament on Wednesday failed to adopt a law to legalize same-sex unions after deputies from ruling parties representing ethnic minorities voted against it. MPs from the main governing Democratic Party…

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