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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: 05/02/2022

“Two-spirit musicians show with RSO a beacon to Indigenous, queer youth Social Sharing “

When the Buffalo Girls took the stage in Regina Saturday night, the show wasn't just about their music. Alongside their songs were anecdotes about life and about their experience as a musically talented, two-spirit couple to provide comfort to…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2022

Weaponized grooming rhetoric is taking a toll on LGBTQ community and child sex abuse survivors

Some conservatives have begun using words like "grooming" often associated with child sex abuse. Such rhetoric hurts the LGBTQ people, particularly gay men who have long been accused of predatory behavior. Careless…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2022

Brave Ukrainian student flees to Edinburgh after LGBT+ safe spaces disappear due to war

A brave Ukrainian student has fled to Edinburgh after his country became extremely unsafe for the LGBT+ community. Nick, a 22-year-old journalism student from Kyiv says he is "physically and emotionally destroyed"…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2022

It’s only 25 years since being gay stopped being illegal in Australia

When Tasmania decriminalised homosexuality on 1 May 1997, it became the last Australian state to do so. Today, LGBTIQ+ advocates there say there’s still work to be done, particularly to protect Australians…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2022

GREENS SAY THEY WILL TAX BILLIONAIRES TO FUND LGBT ELECTION POLICY PROMISES

The Australian Greens party on Sunday unveiled its LGBTQI election policy, which includes $900 million in forward estimates to implement its policies for the community. The plan will be funded by the…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2022

Romania must reject Hungary-style anti-LGBT bill, rights groups say

Romanian human rights groups on Friday condemned a bill approved by the Senate which bans so-called gay propaganda in schools, saying it would legitimise discrimination against the LGBT community, mirroring measures seen…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2022

Release of the First Annual Interagency Report on Advancing LGBTQI+ Human Rights

Today we released the first-ever public report on the U.S. government’s implementation of the 2021 Presidential Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons (LGBTQI+)…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2022

Canada lifts restrictions on gay men donating blood

Canadian health officials have lifted restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood following years of LGBTQ and advocacy groups accusing the federal health department of discrimination. Canada Health announced Thursday that…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2022

LGBTQ+ Muslims on finding queer joy: “It’s important to show future generations”

“I didn’t know you could be LGBTQ+ and Muslim” is a statement I overheard not too long ago. For the speaker, a religious identity (one of practised faith) felt juxtaposed alongside one…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2022

Albania’s Pioneering LGBT Activist: ‘We Should Not Be Second-Class Citizens’

When Xheni Karaj started to engage in LGBT activism 13 years ago, she was barely aware what activism was – and the relevant organizations were still at a very grassroots stage. At…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2022

Protests greet homophobic TV interview in Martinique

In Martinique, human rights defenders quickly protested against a local television station that broadcast a sidewalk interview containing LGBTphobic conspiracy theories related to France’s April 24 presidential election. On March 22, Kanal…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2022

After years of progress on gay rights, how did the US become so anti-LGBTQ+?

In 2019, the Atlantic ran an opinion piece titled “The struggle for gay rights is over”. Written by the rightwing academic James Kirchick, the piece was obviously meant as a provocation, but…

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