• Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 02/06/2019

‘Space to coexist’: Inside South Africa’s LGBT-friendly Mosque

Neatly laid out and facing Mecca, it is the colourful prayer mats arranged in a rainbow pattern that offer the first clue that the Masjid Ul-Umam mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, is…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

India’s doctors: from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

It started with a homophobic post on social media. Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, a radiation oncologist based in Mumbai, was scrolling through his Facebook feed one evening several years ago when he…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

Poland’s first openly gay mayor creates new party ‘Spring’

Poland's first openly gay politician founded a new progressive party on Sunday ahead of European and Polish elections this year. Robert Biedron, who named the party "Wiosna" ("Spring"), said he wanted to…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

CA would ban infant intersex surgeries under Wiener bill

California would become the first state in the nation to ban surgeries performed on intersex infants if state lawmakers approve a bill authored by gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). At…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

Victoria to become first Australian state to ban conversion therapy

Victoria is set to become the first state in Australia to introduce a ban on conversion therapy. Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria (head of government) made the announcement at Midsumma Pride in…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

El Salvador official talks presidential election, LGBTI rights, migrants

A Salvadoran government official on the eve of the country’s presidential election acknowledged there is “uncertainty” over how the results will impact efforts to advance LGBTI rights. Cruz Torres, director of sexual…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

LGBT Organization makes significant marks for inclusion of LGBT families in Belize

Our Circle, an LGBT advocacy group based in Belize is launching new projects aimed at strengthening ties within the local LGBT community. The organization has launched their Brown Bag Series for “Activists,…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Violent comments against student who kissed his male partner are ‘worrying’: Inter-University LGBT Network

The recent online vitriol some Singaporeans have spewed on a man from a local junior college who was seen on an Instagram post kissing his male partner was worrying, said Singapore’s Inter-University…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Pride Parade 2019: Mumbaikars celebrate decriminalisation of homosexuality with love, liberty & fervour

The commercial capital of the country celebrated its first Pride Parade after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality in September last year on Saturday. Hundreds of people were seen marching with a wave…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Same-sex couples to file suits for marriage equality in several courts on Feb 14

Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have lived together in a relationship of mutual trust for almost 25 years since they fell in love after their first encounter at a party. Despite some…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Migrants find refuge at lesbian-run shelter in Mexico border city

Cindy Campos was washing clothes on a concrete washboard in the courtyard of Cobina Posada del Migrante, a migrant shelter in the Mexican border city of Mexicali, shortly after 4 p.m. on…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

Gay cure therapy ban could be blocked because it limits ‘free speech’.

A US federal magistrate judge has said that a ban on gay cure therapy should be blocked because it violates constitutional free speech protections. Evangelical law firm Liberty Counsel had brought a…

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