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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: 01/01/2020

Rio police ID suspect in attack on Netflix gay Jesus filmmakers

Police in Rio de Janeiro have identified one of the people responsible for a gasoline bomb attack targeting satirists behind a Christmas program on Netflix that some critics have described as blasphemous.…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2020

The Top LGBTQ Stories of the Decade

The decade of the 2010s saw unprecedented steps forward for the LGBTQ community in the U.S., with the winning of the right to marry same-sex partners and serve openly in the military,…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2019

Belize court upholds finding that LGBT people are protected by non-discrimination laws

The Court of Appeal has today delivered a judgment denying the Belize Government’s appeal of a 2016 ruling decriminalising adult consensual same-sex relations. The three-judge bench reaffirmed the decision of the Chief…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2019

Rainbow crossing: conversion therapy by another name?

Fundamentalist Christian groups from 23 countries descended on Taipei in October to strategize about how to roll back protections for sexual minorities and influence public opinion and policy. In the same week…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2019

Opening doors: Pakistan’s first transgender beauty salon

As a transgender woman, Bebo Haider struggled for years to find a beauty salon in Pakistan that would cut her hair. She tried many top-notch salons in Karachi, but they refused to…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2019

The Demagogue’s Cocktail of Victimhood and Strength

For the European demagogue, victimhood and strength go hand in hand. In the agitators’ worldview, a host of powerful forces—domestic and foreign—are targeting their people, their nation, and their values; and only…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Over the rainbow: A life of LGBTQ dignity is within reach

If someone told Sindhuja in the dying moments of 2009 that a decade later, she would be standing as a full citizen and garnering the adulation of her family and friends, she…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Transgender man gives birth after getting pregnant with female sperm donor

Reuben Sharpe, 39, transitioned to male 12 years ago but decided he still wanted to become a parent. Six years ago he stopped taking hormones in the hope of the dream coming…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Asia’s first LGBT-focused streaming service tackles taboos

A rom-com about a lesbian flight attendant and a romance in a gay spa are among the shows featured on Asia's first LGBT-focused streaming service, which is pushing boundaries in an often…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

A very LGBTQ decade: Gay marriage, trans rights and a ‘rainbow wave’

At the dawn of the year 2010, few Americans could predict that the coming decade would revolutionize the legal and cultural landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. After all,…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

LGBT refugees: Repeatedly attacked in Kenya but unable to leave

On Christmas Day, LGBT refugees in Kenya again were the targets of homophobic attacks. It was just the latest outrage against LGBT asylum-seekers who are repeatedly told that, no matter where they…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

What happened? The policies Scott Morrison’s government appears to have abandoned

Governments should be judged not just on what they do with their time in office but also on what they don’t do. There are only so many hours in a day, and…

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