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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: 11/24/2021

Chile’s lower house approves same-sex marriage, bill sent back to Senate

Chile's lower house approved on Tuesday a bill that would permit same-sex marriage in the South American country of 19 million, sending the measure back to the Senate where it appears to…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2021

#TheSame: Hungarian media defy ban on publishing LGBT+ content for children

Several media organisations in Hungary have defied a ban on publishing LGBT+ content geared towards children. Three television channels and several magazines have said they will feature videos educating people about LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2021

Brazilian gymnast Arthur Nory says he has a boyfriend

Arthur Nory, an Olympic medalist and world champion gymnast from Brazil, has announced on Instagram that he has a boyfriend. In an Instagram post in late October, Nory wished marketing analyst João…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2021

Labour pledges ‘vital changes’ to hate crime laws and more to make UK fairer for LGBT+ people

Labour’s Anneliese Dodds has pledged to no longer allow those guilty of anti-LGBT+ hate crimes to “dodge longer sentences”. Dodds, who was appointed shadow secretary of state for women and equalities in…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2021

Defender of LGBT Ugandans nominated for human rights award

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, Uganda’s renowned LGBT ally and human right rights defender, has been nominated for the prestigious Tulip Human Rights Award for 2021. The Human Rights Tulip is an annual award…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2021

Petitioners Seek to End Nebraska Education Board Over LGBTQ-Inclusive Curricula

Apetition drive in Nebraska is trying to change the state’s constitution to eliminate the Nebraska State Board of Education and replace it with a new department accountable solely to the governor. The…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2021

How a Sex Scene in a Young Adult Novel Touched Off Texas’s Latest Culture War

Kathy May was getting her four kids ready for another day at school in late October when she got an urgent voicemail from a friend. “OMG, OMG, this book,” her friend said,…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2021

THE STRUGGLE FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS CONTINUES WITH TAIWAN’S FIRST LEGAL GENDER CHANGE WITHOUT PROVIDING PROOF OF SURGERY

A variety of events happened this past week with regards to the ongoing struggle for transgender rights in Taiwan, including Taiwan’s first successful legal gender change without submitting proof of surgery, Lisbeth…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2021

Infantino says ‘all welcome’ as Qatar begins one-year countdown

DOHA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino insisted that "all are welcome in Qatar" on Sunday as a digital countdown clock went on display in Doha to mark one year…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2021

Ghana’s Anti-Gay Law: God Loves Gays, Let’s Show Them Love- Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has glaringly pooh-poohed the new anti-gay law that has been presented before parliament awaiting passage into law by saying God loves gays too since he created them in…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2021

Biden honors transgender people killed in US: ‘Each of these lives was precious’

Joe Biden issued a statement in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, memorializing the dozens of transgender people who were killed this year in America and saying “each of these lives was…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2021

MAN SENTENCED TO SIX AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON OVER PERTH GAY BASHINGS

A district court in Perth on Friday sentenced a 26-year-old man to six and a half years imprisonment for his role in two separate incidents of bashing and robbing of gay men.…

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