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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: 07/22/2021

Chile senators approve gay marriage bill; one step left

Senators in Chile passed a long-awaited bill Wednesday authorizing same-sex marriage, in what LGBT campaigners hope will be the penultimate step to its final approval. Chile, which legalized same-sex civil unions in…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2021

Argentina rolls out ID cards for non-binary people

In a first for South America, people who do not identify as male or female can tick a third box in their ID cards. People who neither identify as male nor female…

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ARBËR KODRA – OPEN MIND SPECTRUM ALBANIA (OMSA)

Arbër Kodra, executive director of Open Mind Spectrum Albania (OMSA), is a well-known activist across Albania and worldwide. As a leader of one of the oldest LGBTI organizations in his country, he…

ADDED ON: 07/21/2021

Embassies from across the world demand ‘freedom from violence’ for queer Hungarians

Ahead of Budapest Pride, 30 embassies from across the world have demanded “freedom from violence” for queer people in Hungary. The open letter, published Monday (19 July) was signed by the embassies…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2021

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL CANNOT BE AT THE COST OF LGBT RIGHTS, SAYS LIBERAL MP

The Federal government is set to bring in a new – its third – draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill later this year. But a growing number of Liberal MPs are voicing…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2021

California appellate court rules Trans pronouns law violates freedom of speech

The State of California Third District Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that a state statute requiring nursing home staff to use the correct pronouns for trans and nonbinary patients is a…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2021

Times are changing in Uganda: Parliament gets a progressive clerk

In what appears to be a positive shift in state policy thinking, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Adolf Mwesige, a liberal and progressive lawyer with a sense of urgency on human…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2021

Gay rugby player wins five-year battle against deportation to Kenya

A gay rugby player is celebrating after winning a five-year battle against deportation to Kenya, where he feared he would be persecuted because of his sexuality. Kenneth Macharia, 41, on Monday won…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2021

Polish LGBTQ activists refuse to be silenced by lawsuits

Our family charters are not against any group," Nikodem Bernaciak told DW from the offices of the Ordo Iuris Institute in Warsaw. On July 20, in Ostroleka, this conservative legal organization is…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2021

ACLU files suit over Montana transgender birth certificate law

The ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit against the state, seeking to challenge a recently passed birth certificate law that it alleges makes it "difficult, if not impossible" for people to change…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2021

HUNGARIAN PM VIKTOR ORBÁN CALLS EU ACTION OVER ANTI-LGBTQ LAW ‘LEGALISED HOOLIGANISM’

Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán has called European Union action against his country's new anti-LGBTQ law "legalised hooliganism." The prime minister's conservative Fidesz party introduced the controversial legislation, which bans positive representation of…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2021

Transgender woman in Cameroon describes ‘hell’ of five months in prison

The five months that two transgender women in Cameroon spent in prison were “hell”, one of them told Reuters on Friday after they were released, describing how they were initially forced to…

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