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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: 11/05/2022

Ghana Parliament speaker: Harsh anti-LGBTQ bill will pass before presidential election

Ghanaian Parliament Speaker Alban Bagbin on Oct. 28 told reporters a bill that would criminalize LGBTQ and intersex identity and allyship will pass before the next presidential election in 2024. A cross-party…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2022

Centaurus High to perform ‘The Crucible’ through LGBTQ lens

Centaurus High theater students wanted a fall play that celebrated their diversity and tackled a social issue. They chose Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” a 1953 play that uses the Salem witch trials…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2022

Germany’s Franciscan Friars Elect Openly Gay Brother as New Provincial Leader

Germany’s Franciscan friars have elected an openly gay brother as their new leader, who becomes one of the most high-profile out LGBTQ+ church leader to date. The friars of the Province of…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2022

Qatari officials accused of gang raping gay man in hotel before deporting him

A gay man who lived in Qatar has revealed the harrowing truth about sting operations in place to entrap members of the queer community, with his own experience resulting in him being…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2022

In a first, two gay men contest same Congress seat in U.S. elections

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Openly) - History is in the making. For the first time, two openly gay candidates are competing for election to a U.S. congressional seat. Analysts say the race in…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2022

Religious Zionism MK: Party won’t come after LGBT, but wants ‘order in public space’

Religious Zionism MK Orit Strock says leftists, Arabs and members of the LGBT community should not fear the rise of the far right in this week’s election. “We’re not going to hammer anyone,”…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2022

Polish top court issues ruling on same-sex marriage

Poland’s highest administrative court has issued a ruling on same-sex marriage which the gay couple who brought the case say shows that such unions are not barred under the constitution. However, a…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2022

Uproar after Irish priest says Varadkar and other gay politicians will go to hell

A Catholic priest has caused uproar in Ireland after declaring that the deputy prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and other gay politicians will go to hell. Fr Seán Sheehy, 65, condemned homosexuality, trans rights and abortion…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2022

Tokyo Same-Sex Couples Start Receiving Partnership Certificates

In what LGBTQ+ people in Japan hope is a harbinger of marriage equality, Tokyo’s city government began issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples Tuesday. The certificates allow the couples’ unions to be…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2022

7 queer French Muslims reflect on their identity and upbringing

Documentary and portrait photographer Camille Farrah Lenain dissects issues of representation, collective memory and identity through long-term projects grounded in portraiture. Connecting the dots that make up her subjects’ stories, she refocuses…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2022

Darling of the “detransition” movement comes out again as transgender

Like the ex-gay movement that rose to prominence in the early 2000s and then came crashing down as leaders recanted their “conversions,” the detransition movement is showing similar signs of a crack-up.…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2022

NSW gay hate murder probe seeks ‘justice’

A landmark NSW inquiry is investigating cold-case murders of gay men and LGBTQI community members. Led by Justice John Sackar, the special commission of inquiry into hate crimes began its first hearing…

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