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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: 04/09/2021

Malaysia pushes for Sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

On Tuesday (6 April) the Malaysian government announced plans to move forward with an amendment to the Sharia Courts Act that would allow heavier punishments to be imposed on the LGBT+ community.…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Russian LGBTQ asylum seekers stranded in Guam

Egor is a gay man who grew up in a village near Russia’s Ural Mountains. Military service in Russia is compulsory, and Egor was studying in the city of Nizhny Novgorod in…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Thai Protests: Pro-Democracy Groups and LGBTI Involvement

In the face of a reality consumed by the coronavirus pandemic, there have been places across the globe where activism has not only continued but flourished. One of these places has been…

ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Teachers ‘fear for job prospects if they reveal LGBT identity’

There are about 4,000 primary teachers across Ireland who are uncomfortable revealing their LGBT identity to their employers, a conference heard. Many are afraid to come out about their sexual identity or…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Focus on inclusion, not alienation, in dealing with LGBT, Putrajaya told

Suhakam has urged the government to reconsider its decision to impose heavier punishments for offences associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Commissioner Hishamudin Yunus said the best approach…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Top Polish judge under fire for tweet about transgender kid

Poland’s leading opposition party is asking prosecutors to investigate a constitutional court judge who it alleges has endangered a 10-year-old transgender child by identifying the child publicly. It is the latest development…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Legalising same-sex marriage in Japan

Last month, a Japanese district court for the first time ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional. The verdict by the Sapporo District Court was a result of simultaneous…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Tbilisi audio tour puts Georgian trans people on the map

Georgian event aimed at raising awareness about LGBT+ issues by putting people into the shoes of transgender men and women living in Tbilisi By Umberto Bacchi TBILISI, Nov 22 (Openly) - Standing…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Venezuela’s Secret: Crimes Against LGBTQ+ Migrants And Sex Workers

“Hello, Papi, I am in Brazil.” A text message I received sitting in my home office after nearly a month of silence signified Victor Arellano’s nine-month battle had just been won. Arellano…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Civil groups chide minister Zulkifli’s insistence on harsher laws against LGBT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — A coalition of local civil societies has today slammed religious affairs minister Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad’s insistence to table a law amendment that would provide for harsher punishments…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

How a Black, Gay Refugee Created a Community For Queer Asylum Seekers

In 2014, Nigeria passed a law providing penalties of up to 14 years in prison for couples that enter into a same-sex union, and up to 10 years for those who support…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Discrimination part of everyday life for Peru’s trans people

The attack on Gahela Cari came following a televised political debate in the form of a searing tweet from her opponent. Attached to it was an image of her Peruvian elections registration…

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