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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: 06/27/2020

Poland casts its vote as a nation divided. But can the election deliver true change?

It’s been Poland’s strangest presidential election campaign in living memory. Granted, it’s the first that’s taken place during a pandemic, but in the last three months the country hasn’t just experienced one…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2020

Sanna Marin – Finland’s female millennial prime minister, from an LGBT family, leading the war on coronavirus

Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Finland. These countries are among those with the lowest numbers of cases, deaths and, so far, the best responses to the coronavirus crisis. They…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2020

Israelis split on acceptance of homosexuality – Pew report

Israeli society is split on its acceptance of homosexuality, but is still far more accepting than other Middle Eastern countries, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. The report,…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2020

From Kenya to Canada, support grows worldwide for homosexuality

Acceptance of homosexuality is rising broadly across the world, according to a survey published on Thursday, even as sharp divisions persist by region and economic development. Support has grown from as far…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2020

American Pastors Network Says Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Ruling Undermines Biblical Order and Invites God’s Judgment

The American Pastors Network devoted time in recent episodes of its “Stand in the Gap” broadcast to denouncing the Supreme Court’s June 15 ruling that federal civil rights law prohibits workplace discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2020

A Lesbian Archive Sends Its Love Letter: Find History, Find Yourself

I am deeply urban. My shoes, clothes, eyeglasses, are all assembled with an understanding of how they relate to pavement, changeable weather, and the glare bouncing off city buildings. From Boston to…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2020

LGBT+ community in Gabon fears backlash after vote to legalise gay sex

Gabon’s LGBT+ community said on Wednesday they feared a homophobic backlash after the lower house of parliament voted to legalise gay sex, less than a year after making it a crime. On…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2020

Trump to meet Polish president known for anti-LGBTQ rhetoric

US President Donald Trump is facing criticism for hosting Poland's president at the White House days before his visitor faces a tougher than expected fight for re-election. Trump and Polish President Andrzej…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2020

A Hmong and LGBT-owned tailoring business aims to make customers feel ‘uplifted and loved’

It can be difficult to be part of a cultural community while also knowing you may be labeled an outcast. That is one of the challenges of being gay and Hmong American,…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2020

LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence

In a letter issued June 20 to coincide with World Refugee Day, Craig Paris, the executive director of the Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA) condemned “the violent attacks on queer refugees…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2020

Russia Recognises Gay Marriage ‘Accidentally’ Due to Legal Loophole in Family Law

Russia seems to have recognised a gay marriage unknowingly. The claim surfaced after the send a tax return to a prominent LGBT rights activist who had married his husband in the United…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2020

Statue of IRA leader Sean Russell vandalised as LGBT flag is painted on by Dublin protesters

DUBLIN protesters have vandalised a statue of former IRA leader Sean Russell by painting an LGBT flag on it to mark the final week of pride month. Images of the statue in…

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