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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: 07/05/2019

UK ordered to return lesbian after wrongly deporting her back to Uganda

The UK is ordered to return a gay woman after wrongly deporting her to Uganda. The 25-year-old, who was deported five years ago, was told she could return in a landmark court…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2019

Jamaica could see its first trans Member of Parliament

A 29-year-old activist in Jamaica is vying to become the first openly trans Member of Parliament (MP) to sit in the country’s House of Representatives. Rich Richards has said he will run…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2019

Is lesbian kiss in Crimean play ‘gay propaganda’?

A play in Crimea has created a stir on Russian social media after a video clip emerged of a scene which featured women kissing. The production was staged by the Gogol School…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2019

Japan grants refugee status for homophobic persecution for first time ever

Japan has granted asylum to an LGBT+ refugee on the grounds of homophobic persecution in their home country for the first time. Details including the refugee’s home country and gender have been…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

The nations where it’s still criminal to be gay (as India marks an awkward anniversary)

Tuesday marks 10 years since India decriminalised gay sex, but it's unlikely the milestone will be celebrated. That's because the 2009 lower court ruling was short-lived; overturned within a few years by…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

New York Pride: Bumper crowds attend LGBT march

Around 150,000 people took part in the march, 50 years on from the Stonewall riots, with many more watching. The riots, after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, helped to energise…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

LGBTI Asia: From Myanmar tragedy to Pakistan progress

Homophobic bullying in Myanmar. Rainbow socks in Singapore. A first for trans people in Pakistan. This is a brief roundup of LGBTI news from countries that have anti-gay laws or are recovering…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

More than 200 companies tell Supreme Court to apply job discrimination laws to sexual orientation, gender identity

More than 200 companies urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to apply the nation's job discrimination laws to sexual orientation and gender identity. In three major civil rights cases the justices will…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

First Gay Parade in North Macedonia

A rainbow of colors filled the streets of Skopje on Saturday when North Macedonia held its first gay parade. Demonstrators in the largely conservative Balkan region have called for the cessation of…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Tunisia: LGBT right group leader announces plans to run for November Presidential elections

The leader of Tunisia’s LGBT community, Shams, has announced plans to run for November presidential elections, first time ever a gay enters a presidential race in the North African country and in…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Anti-LGBT hate crimes are rising, the FBI says. But it gets worse

Friday marked 50 years since protesters fought back against a police raid of New York's Stonewall Inn and catalyzed the modern gay rights movement. But despite decades of progress, members of the…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Argentina says Guyana’s LGBTI community needs receptive police, hate crime laws

Argentina, which chairs the 40-nation Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) that fights for the human rights of gays and bisexuals, wants Guyanese police to make reporting hate crimes easier and for the South…

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