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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: 10/15/2020

French government unveils national plan to combat hatred against LGBT people

The French government has unveiled a national plan to combat hatred and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), which emphasises the importance of inclusive education in stamping out homophobia.…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

Algeria: Mass Convictions for Homosexuality

An Algerian court on September 3, 2020 sentenced 2 men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at what the police alleged was a “gay wedding,” Human…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

Texas Social Workers Can Refuse LGBT and Disabled Clients Under New Rule

Texas officials have changed rules for social workers to allow them to refuse service for clients who are LGBTQ or disabled. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners unanimously voted to…

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Sarita KC – Mitini Nepal, Kathmandu

Sarita K.C. is the executive director of Mitini Nepal, a woman-led organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, which focuses on LBT (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) women. Sarita shares her story, her perspectives on efforts…

ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Queer Nigerians Are Being Beaten by SARS — I’m Trying to End That

Matthew Blaise is an LGBTQ+ activist in Nigeria who has been on the front lines of the #End SARS protests and has suffered abuse by SARS officers due to his queerness. He…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Co Cork town ends twinning arrangement with Polish “LGBT-Free zone”

Saoirse Mackin, the chairperson of the Cork East branch of the Social Democrats, welcomed the news in a statement on Monday: “Poland, one of just six European countries to not yet legalise…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Cubans share their coming out stories

National Coming Out Day, as it is called in the U.S., is celebrated on Oct. 11 as an event that promotes the visibility of LGBTI+ people and calls attention to silence; one…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Israel to Form Government Committee to Assist Transgender Community

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn and Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli announced an inter-ministerial team to consider ways to ease hardships for transgender people on Monday. The team is to be the first of…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Anti-gay violence continues in Senegal’s ‘holy city’

That assault came less than three weeks after 10 young homosexual men in Touba were arrested by the city’s Safiyatoul Amal religious militia. The assault came three days after an attack on…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

Israeli Orthodox leader: Judaism does not forbid same-sex couples from building a family

(JTA) — A prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi said that Jewish law does not forbid LGBTQ people from building a family. Rabbi Benny Lau made the statement as part of a set of…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

For Georgia’s LGBT rights campaigners, a victory

In December 2009, plainclothes police raided the offices of the Inclusive Foundation in Tbilisi, an organisation that campaigns for LGBT rights in Georgia. Two members of the organisation, Ekaterine Aghdgomelashvili and Tinatin…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

LGBT Pride Parade Rolls Through Kosovo’s Capital

Kosovo's LGBT Pride Parade took place in the capital, Pristina. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, activists paraded in their brightly colored cars at the event on October 12. A crosswalk…

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