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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: 06/05/2018

Philippine City Passes Law Against LGBTI Discrimination

The Philippine city of Mandaluyong has approved an ordinance to protect the rights of LGBTI people from discrimination, the latest in a slew of local laws passed across the country. Mandaluyong’s anti-discrimination ordinance “prohibits such discriminatory acts as…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2018

Woman Not Slim and Fair Shoots to Phenomenal Stardom with LGBTI, Feminist Fan Base

When Wang first appeared on stage, she wore black overalls that exposed her round waist. The dark-skinned, stout 25-year-old wore heavy makeup, especially the eye liner, which made her look like a…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2018

Poll: 51% of White Evangelicals Support Business’ Refusal of Service to LGBTI Customers

While a majority of Americans oppose religion-based refusal of service to LGBT customers, most white evangelicals support such measures. A new Morning Consult poll shows that most Americans (57%) disagreed with businesses refusing to serve customers who…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2018

Supreme Court Sides With Colorado Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. The court’s decision was narrow, and it left…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2018

Hong Kong’s Top Court Hears Landmark Appeal on Spousal Visa for British Lesbian

Hong Kong’s top court on Monday began hearing the final appeal of a landmark LGBT rights case that has garnered public support from more than 30 top global banks and law firms,…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

German President Apologizes to LGBT Community for Decades of Injustice

Germany's president has asked the LGBT community for forgiveness for decades of suffering and injustice they endured as a result of repressive laws in Germany in the Nazi era and after World…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Filmmakers Boycott Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival over Pinkwashing

A total of nine artists and filmmakers have joined the BDS movements call to boycott the Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival (TLVFest), running from May 31 to June 9. The move…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

The Quiet Voices of Arunachal’s LGBT Community

Arunachal Pradesh is a weird cross of old shrill Hindi songs and the latest, colourfully vibrant K-pop videos. But one thing that has not changed and has remained staunch in its stand…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Brazilian Anglicans’ ‘Yes’ to Marrying Same-Sex Couples

The Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil has decided to open up church marriage to same-sex couples. On 1 June 2018 its synod voted by a huge majority – 57 in favour, three…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Cyprus: Hundreds Turn out for Pride March

Hundreds of people flocked to the centre of Nicosia late Sunday afternoon for the annual Pride march in support of the rights of LGBT people. The events started at 3.30 in the…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Thousands Revel in Brazil’s Gay Pride Parade

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Brazil’s largest city Sunday for its 22nd gay pride parade, which is considered one of the world’s biggest. Waving LGBT rainbow flags in a Carnival-like…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

LGBT And Abortion Rights Campaigners Are Fighting Together For Equality In Northern Ireland

The LGBT and abortion rights movements in Northern Ireland have vowed to fight in solidarity to win the same rights as people in the rest of the UK and in the Republic…

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