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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: 06/15/2022

At Nepal’s Pride Parade, A Unique Vision of Queer Resistance.

On Saturday, after a two-year, COVID-induced hiatus, members of the Nepali queer community and their allies took to the streets of Kathmandu for the Nepal Pride Parade—celebrating their hard-earned wins over the…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2022

ACT releases Australian-first draft law to protect intersex children from irreversible medical harm.

The Australian Capital Territory government has released a consultation draft law to protect the rights of intersex people. If passed, the bill would ban deferrable medical interventions on children with intersex traits…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2022

How Kyiv’s L.G.B.T.Q. Community Found Shelter from the Russian Invasion.

“The scariest thing was waking up,” Jul Sirous told me about the first couple of weeks after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in February. “What if you learn that they…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2022

Ugandan vlogger’s homophobic rant puts migrant workers at risk.

A self-righteous Ugandan national living in the Middle East has released an excruciatingly homophobic online rant blasting Ugandans and other Africans for engaging in adult consensual same-sex intimacy in Arab countries where…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2022

JOC signs framework agreement with LGBTQ hub Pride House Tokyo.

The Japanese Olympic Committee on Monday signed a framework agreement with the LGBTQ hub Pride House Tokyo to promote inclusiveness in the sporting world. JOC President Yasuhiro Yamashita said the move came…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2022

Israel’s MKs surveyed on gay marriage.

As Pride Month is celebrated all over the world, Israeli citizens are once again sharply reminded that gay marriage is still not recognized by the state. Israeli news source Channel 13 conducted…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2022

In the wake of ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ LGBTQ students won’t be silenced.

Nearly a dozen Winter Park High School students settled into a classroom, forming a semi-circle around 17-year-old Will Larkins, who sat cross-legged on a desk. It was the first meeting of the…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2022

Transgender people hope for update to ID card policy

“The great thing about having changed my ID is that I no longer have to explain to other people whether the person on my ID is me.” This is how Huang Wei-chen (黃瑋晨)…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2022

LGBTQ-affirming high school in Alabama has its first graduating class

In Birmingham, Alabama, families, and friends of students of Magic City Acceptance Academy attended the charter school’s inaugural graduation ceremony. MCAA is a charter school that promises an “LGBTQ-affirming learning environment” for…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2022

Poll Finds LGBT People Still Not Welcome In Moldova

Ten years after passing landmark legislation to protect minorities, including the much-persecuted LGBT community, a recent survey has revealed that most people in Moldova still hold negative attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2022

Arunachal: AP Queer Station organises ‘Queers ki Kahani’

Itanagar: About 30 individuals belonging to the LGBTQIAP+ community and a few selected allies participated in the ‘Queers ki Kahani’ event organised by AP Queer Station, a newly-formed rainbow community support group,…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2022

Meet The LGBTQ Activists Fighting To Be Themselves Online In Malaysia

Many online attacks on LGBTQ Malaysians start with their fellow social media users (although some suspect that political or religious groups may be helping coordinate them). Individual threats can escalate. When a…

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