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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: 01/22/2023

Transgender people in rural America struggle to find doctors willing or able to provide care

For Tammy Rainey, finding a health care provider who knows about gender-affirming care has been a challenge in the rural northern Mississippi town where she lives. As a transgender woman, Rainey needs…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

North Dakota Anti-LGBTQ Bill Would Imprison Librarians for Not Removing Books

Republican lawmakers in North Dakota have introduced a bill that would jail librarians for keeping books on their shelves that include images depicting gender identity or sexual orientation. House Bill 1205, introduced…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Veto of Scottish transgender rights bill sparks constitutional crisis

Britain is mired in yet another constitutional row this week after the United Kingdom government took the unprecedented step of vetoing Scottish legislation that sought to reform gender identity laws. The Gender…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Cambodia positioned to fully integrate LGBT people into society, UN expert says

Cambodia is poised to make strides towards the full social integration of gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, protecting them from violence and discrimination, a UN-appointed independent human rights experts said on…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Utah Senate approves controversial transgender youth bills

The Utah Senate has pushed through two bills affecting Utah’s transgender community. SB16 would ban gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy for minors and SB93 would prevent issuing a gender-amended birth certificate to…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Indian govt refused to appoint openly gay judge, says Supreme Court

India's government has refused to appoint a senior lawyer as a judge because he is gay and has a foreign partner, the country's Supreme Court said. New Delhi only decriminalised gay sex…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Chechnya’s top homophobe urges anti-LGBT Arabs to fight in Ukraine

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, during a direct line broadcast for the first time in English and Arabic, addressed the Arab world and all Muslims with an offer to participate in…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Santos, who lauded Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, denies claims he performed as drag queen

Embattled Rep. George Santos, who has aligned himself with far-right Republicans who have pushed anti-LGBTQ policies, has denied reports that he performed as a drag queen years ago in Brazil. "The most…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2023

Where Change Is Coming for LGBTQ Rights Around the World

If progress in 2022 is anything to go by, there’s reason to be optimistic about the global direction of travel when it comes to same-sex relationships, LGBTQ campaigners say. In the second…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2023

Reviled, reclaimed and respected: the history of the word ‘queer’

Recently, a number of people have questioned or critiqued the use of the word “queer” to describe LGBTIQA+ folk. One writer to the Guardian claimed that the “q-word” was as derogatory and offensive…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2023

Lesbian who fled Ghana spared jail after working illegally as nurse during Covid-19 pandemic

Eunice Owusu had no choice but to escape her abusive arranged marriage after her sexuality was disclosed against her will to her employer, Teeside Crown Court heard, with her lawyer John Nixon…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2023

The unprotected: Police offer scant safety for Azerbaijan’s LGBTQ+ community

Emily Hajizadeh, a 20-year-old trans woman, feels like she is surrounded by threats. “I constantly receive threatening messages and phone calls from my family and relatives, warning me that I will be…

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