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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: 08/05/2019

Hamburg Pride Parade paused after fire breaks out

Celebrations at Hamburg's Pride Parade ground to a halt after one of the floats went up in flames. At least two people suffered smoke inhalation. Large LGBT+ marches were also being held…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2019

Hate crimes in schools in region affected by anti-LGBT+ protests surge

The number of hate crimes in schools and colleges in the county affected by protests against LGBT+ lessons has surged by more than 50 per cent in just one year, The Independent…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2019

Big corporates can show their support for LGBT+ people by forcing Governments to get tough with online bigots

FOR a few weeks in the height of summer, the corporate and municipal world is draped in a rainbow flag. Events like Leeds Pride - which is Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

LGBT in Russia: smashing stereotypes and creating a queer future

For Russia’s LGBT community, homophobia and violence are part of day-to-day reality. Some cases, like the murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva last week or torture in Chechnya, have made international headlines and…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Lebanon protest: Boycott festival that blocked LGBT-led band

Hundreds of petitioners are urging a boycott of the upcoming Byblos International Festival because the festival cancelled a performance by the LGBT-led band Mashrou’ Leila. “Stand up for freedom of expression in…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Belfast celebrates Pride amid hope same-sex marriage ban is lifted

Thousands took to the streets of Belfast for what could be the last Pride held under the same-sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland. Ulster has been packed with people proudly waving rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Qatar World Cup sponsors and broadcasters ‘risk red card’ over anti-gay laws

An international risk consultancy has called on RTE and other broadcasters to put pressure on Qatar to suspend anti-homosexuality laws before the 2022 football World Cup is staged there. London-based Cornerstone Global…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2019

Chilean Senate Once Again Begins Equal Marriage Debate

The Chilean Senate’s Constitution Committee on Tuesday once again began to debate an equal marriage bill that former President Michelle Bachelet introduced two years ago. The renewed legislative debate was announced last…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2019

Australian booksellers petitioned to pull ‘conversion therapy’ titles

Equality Australia have launched a petition calling on Australian booksellers to remove titles promoting harmful LGBTIQ “conversion therapy”. The group’s call comes after Amazon recently agreed to remove “conversion therapy” books from…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2019

Pinoy LGBT group in Europe rallies support for LGBT in Asia

The Pride Movement in Asia has been growing over the years and 2019 has been so far a particularly historic year for LGBTQ history. This year, Taiwan passed the first marriage equality…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2019

Radical Baptist church preaches LGBTQ hate just miles from California’s Capitol

Pastor Roger Jimenez implored his congregation at Verity Baptist Church to separate themselves from the ways of a modern, wicked world. Burn your Harry Potter books. Trash your rock ‘n’ roll CDs.…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2019

Liberals fear unrest as Poland Catholic Church doubles down on anti-gay rhetoric

Poland’s Catholic Church has doubled down on the anti-gay rhetoric that has become the nationalist ruling party’s dominant theme in recent weeks, drawing a rebuke from liberal politicians who compared an archbishop’s…

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