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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: 07/07/2018

Black Pride: Why We Need an Event to Celebrate Being Black and Gay

Hundreds of thousands of people will line the streets on Saturday to celebrate the LGBT community at Pride in London. But many LGBT black people say they feel excluded at mainstream Pride…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2018

Only Two Thirds of Generation Z Identify as ‘Exclusively Heterosexual’

Homosexuality is no longer the taboo it once was. But figures suggest that young people are even more open to experimentation than previously thought. Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2018

Neo-Nazis In Sweden Allegedly Attacked People Supporting Israel And LGBT Rights

Members of a neo-Nazi group were allegedly involved in two separate incidents in Sweden this week, reportedly attacking LGBT rights supporters and a member of the Sweden–Israel Friendship Association. The men accused…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2018

U.S. Experts Applaud U.K. Ban on ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’

LGBTQ advocates in the U.S. hope that a move by the British government to end the "abhorrent practice" of so-called gay conversion therapy, announced on Tuesday, will affect legislation on this side…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2018

LGBT Office is Attacked in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Grenades and empty pepper spray were seized from the scene. The LGBT office was attacked in the Podilskiy valley in Kharkiv, as the press office of the National Police reports. According to…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2018

Europe’s Anti-immigrant Parties Are Becoming More Gay-friendly

AMID a sea of rainbow flags, Sebastian Tynkkynen sings along to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” and waves a pro-gay placard. “Christians, don’t hate us. Islam, don’t kill us” reads his sign. Like many…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2018

Gay Dating App Thrives in China, Where LGBT Rights are Lagging

The big, open workspace near Beijing’s business district has that startup feel: High ceilings, treadmills and snack stations, as well as hundreds of 20-somethings sitting in front of glowing screens. And lots…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2018

Professor Who Described the Gay Community as ‘Promiscuous, Reckless and Obscene’ to Join University of Cambridge

A professor who is due to join the staff of the University of Cambridge in January 2019 has been accused of airing homophobic views. In 2015, a blog attributed to Aron Wall…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2018

Photo Series Captures LGBT Activists from Around the World

A new photography exhibition has captured the faces of LGBT+ activists from all over the world in celebration of Pride. Queer Commonwealth: Faces of the LGBT+ Movement features 33 activists from Tonga…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2018

Mexico’s President-elect Cites LGBT Community in Victory Speech

Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Sunday became Mexico’s first leftist president in decades, winning in a landslide victory with more than 50 percent of the vote.López Obrador — commonly known by his…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2018

Hong Kong’s Top Court Makes Landmark Ruling in LGBT Rights Case

In a historic decision that could lead to greater rights for Hong Kong's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, the territory's high court has ruled that the same-sex partner of a…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2018

UK Bans ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy After Largest-Ever Online Survey

Britain on Tuesday unveiled its "action plan" to tackle discrimination against the gay community, which includes bringing forward legislation to ban the practice of conversion therapy. The plan was drawn up using…

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