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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: 09/15/2022

Singapore mulls ‘cancel culture’ legislation amid gay marriage debate

Singapore’s law minister says “cancel culture” rules may be included in legislation in the near future as the government looks to protect residents against online pressure over expressing views on topics including…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2022

Violence against LGBTQI+ people continues

Last Saturday, Munni Kinnar was on her way back home to Dumari from Laxmipur with her friend, Chanda Raut, after visiting her ailing sister. What followed their visit to Laxmipur has scarred…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2022

Soon-to-close NHS Tavistock clinic is accused of ‘wrongly convincing gay and bisexual people they were TRANS’ in bitter legal dispute

The UK's soon-to-close child gender clinic has been accused of wrongly convincing gay and bisexual people that they are trans. London-based Tavistock Clinic was ordered to close it doors in July after…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2022

Lebanon’s anti-LGBT “Soldiers of God”

At the end of June, a widely circulated video showed a floral display, installed for Pride Month in Beirut, being vandalised. The video was shot by the perpetrators themselves, a group who…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2022

Gay rights group was set up ‘to promote transphobic activity’, court told

The gay rights organisation LGB Alliance was set up to “promote transphobic activity rather than pro-LGB activities”, the head of Consortium, an umbrella group of LGBT organisations told a court on Monday.…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2022

Youth activists hold D.C. rally for LGBTQ rights

About 100 youth activists and their supporters from throughout the country turned out for a rally on Monday, Sept. 12, at D.C. ‘s John Marshall Park near the U.S. Capitol to call…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2022

Explainer: The facts about Russia’s expanded ‘gay propaganda’ law

Russia’s so-called ‘gay propaganda’ law has banned the promotion of “non-traditional sexual values” to under-18s since 2013. Now, the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, has introduced amendments that would…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2022

Kenya president-elect says LGBTQ+, intersex rights ‘not a big issue’

The president-elect of Kenya last week told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that LGBTQ+ and intersex rights are “not a big issue” in his country. “We don’t want to create a mountain out of…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2022

Politicians in Italy are freaking out over lesbian polar bears in a British cartoon

A far-right political group in Italy is up in arms over a popular British children’s cartoon that recently featured a lesbian polar bear couple. Federico Mollicone, culture spokesperson for the conservative Brothers…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2022

Tanzania warns against sharing pro-LGBTQI content

The Tanzanian government has warned against the dissemination of online messages and short videos promoting same-sex relationships. It has also warned that it will take action against administrators of social media groups…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2022

Sri Lankan Prez says Govt won’t oppose Bill to decriminalise homosexuality

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday said that the government will not oppose the Private Member's Bill presented to Parliament to decriminalize homosexuality, however, the bill will require the support of…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2022

Tokyo Court Denies Transgender Parent Legal Rights To Own Child

The journey toward equality for the LGBTQ+ community in Japan has been something of a ping-pong match over the past few years. The country has indeed taken steps toward inclusion and equal…

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