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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: 04/07/2019

Belfast church protest by LGBT group against ‘conversion therapy’

LGBT group the Rainbow Project has organised a protest at a south Belfast church on Saturday morning against what they have labelled “conversion therapy”. Windsor Baptist has advertised the event as a…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2019

This Rainbow-Loving American LGBT Activist Has Been Denied Entry by Cuba’s Government

Michael was in Cuba last May for Idahot, and he’d arrived on a mission: With literally hundreds of rainbow trinkets in tow — rainbow and trans flags, bracelets and stickers — he…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2019

Transgender woman violently attacked by mob in Paris

A transgender woman has opened up about her terrifying experience of being assaulted by a group of men at a rally in Paris on Sunday. The woman who has only been publicly…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2019

Most Albertans say parents shouldn’t be notified when child joins GSA, online survey suggests

Most people think parents should not be notified when their children join gay-straight alliance groups at school, according to a recent survey of more than 74,000 people across the province. In the…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2019

Verona protests: Tens of thousands of campaigners march against ‘medieval’ anti-LGBT+ and anti-abortion conference

Tens of thousands of campaigners descended on the streets of Verona over the weekend to show their opposition to an anti-LGBT+ and anti-abortion conference whose self-avowed goal is to establish the “natural…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2019

Evolution of Transgender Identity in Turkey

LGBTI groups in Turkey have reportedly been trying to survive hate murders, abuse, rape, and inequality in what reportedly is a very polarised society. A society in which moral understanding is dictated…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2019

After court battle, Cayman Islands legalises same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has become legal in the Cayman Islands following a landmark court case brought by a lesbian couple which their lawyers said on Monday could have implications in the wider Caribbean…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2019

Jakarta election commission reaching out to transgender community to help them exercise voting rights

With anti-LGBT sentiment at “alarmingly” high levels in Indonesia (stoked at least in part by political interests), few Indonesian authorities are brave enough to speak out in defense of the rights of…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Joko Widodo: how ‘Indonesia’s Obama’ failed to live up to the hype

Five years ago he was south-east Asia’s democratic poster boy, Indonesia’s Obama. His face plastered across Time magazine with three words: A New Hope. When Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi”, was elected president…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

As India election nears, officials urge trans Indians to vote

India is seeking to increase participation by its transgender citizens in the elections that are scheduled to begin April 11. Although hijra, trans, and other non-binary people were given the right to…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Spain’s health minister calls for end to gay ‘conversion therapy’

Spain’s health minister called on Wednesday for so-called conversion therapy to be abolished after a report that a branch of the Catholic Church had offered to “cure” gay people. El Diario, an…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Gay sex now officially punishable by death by stoning in Brunei

New Islamic criminal laws took effect in Brunei on Wednesday that make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning offenders to death. The laws have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups…

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