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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: 10/21/2018

Conservative Christian Group Tells Members to ‘Pray for the Right’ to Harm LGBTI Children

The Family Research Council, a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is encouraging its members to ‘pray for their right’ to harm LGBTI children. A ‘Prayer of the Day’ email sent to…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2018

LGBT Groups Set to Protest Homophobic Attacks in Paris

LGBT rights groups will protest a series of homophobic attacks in Paris this weekend. The demonstration will take place on Sunday at the Place de la Republique in the French capital. The event was…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Sydney Anglicans to Ban Same-Sex Marriage, Yoga on All Church Property

The Sydney Anglican Church is set to vote on sweeping powers that will ensure that no same-sex marriage services or receptions, meditative yoga or traditional Indigenous smoking ceremonies will be held on…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Canary – A Brilliant Gay Afrikaans Film that Sings its Little Heart Out

It’s the year 2018 and finding an authentic gay character in an Afrikaans film is nearly impossible. Whilst the Afrikaans film industry is booming, it’s yet to give a voice to minorities. …

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

The Steps to Equality Are More than Trump Voters Can Handle

What is it with the right’s persecution complex? Conservatives are quick to cry “identity politics” and denigrate women or minorities who complain about discrimination as snowflakes who should toughen up. However, they…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Bali Beauty Pageant Signals Renewed Anti-LGBT Crackdown

Majority-Hindu Bali has long been considered more tolerant of different sexual identities compared with other parts of Indonesia, especially amid recent anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) crackdowns in the world’s largest…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Lesbian Film ‘Rafiki’ May Change Kenya Forever

Ezekiel Mutua, the head of Kenya’s Film Classification Board, didn’t want Kenyans to see Wanuri Kahiu’s internationally acclaimed film Rafiki. After watching the film, I can see why. Mutua’s venomous attitude toward lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

‘A Homophobic Attack Destroyed My Life’: New Push to Tackle Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes

To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, the government Tuesday has outlined plans including extra funding to support victims, improvement to the way incidents are responded to, and a nationwide public information campaign to educate…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

In Rare Cuban Campaign, Churches Are Advocating Against Same-Sex Marriage

Cuban evangelical churches are collecting signatures to petition against a proposed constitutional amendment that would open the door to gay marriage, as part of an unusually strong nongovernmental political campaign for the Communist-run island.…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

LGBTQ Groups Oppose 4th Circuit Judicial Nominee Linked to Anti-gay “hate group”

LGBTQ civil rights organizations from Maryland and North Carolina have issued a warning to the Senate Judiciary Committee about President Trump’s most recent pick for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2018

2018 Taiwan Gay Pride Parade Set for Oct. 27

The annual gay pride parade organized by Taiwan LGBT Pride is scheduled to be held in Taipei on Oct. 27, and will focus on promoting two referendums on amending Civil Code marriage…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2018

Uruguayan Congress Approves Comprehensive Law For Trans People

Congress in Uruguay approved with a large majority (62 out of the 88 lawmakers in session), the project of comprehensive law for trans people, to ensure the protection of their rights. The project of…

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