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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: 10/22/2019

Conversion therapy: PM concerned about ‘vulnerable’ LGBT youth

The Prime Minister has expressed concern about "vulnerable" youth at risk of undergoing gay or trans conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is where people try to change lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2019

The Terror Gap: U.S. Laws Let White Supremacists Operate Like ISIS

The recent arrests of Jarrett William Smith, a former U.S. Army soldier who discussed plans to “bomb a major U.S. news network,” and Conor Climo, a Las Vegas man who plotted attacks…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2019

Christian group claims Ethiopia is soft on homosexuality

A group affiliated with Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church is condemning what it calls the government’s silence on homosexuality in the country. Speaking at a conference [Sept. 8] in Addis Ababa, the capital, Dereje…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2019

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous gay marriage, abortion changes

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same-sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepared on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight.…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

Ghana: Former Pres Kufuor Urges Fight Against Same Sex Marriages

Former president John Agyekum Kufuor has urged the world to fight against same sex marriages. He stated that no amount of argument could change the fact that without man and woman there…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

Praying to wake up in a girl’s body: LGBT group hosts transgender women explaining why, how they transitioned

Three individuals who transitioned from male to female shared their journeys recently when the Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association hosted a Transgender Education Panel at the Oak Park Library. Panelists…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

‘They paid a guy to kill me’: health workers fight homophobia in Uganda

Maria Nantale is enjoying a beer at a rickety wooden bar after a long day’s work. “Forty people tested today,” she reflects. “Found three positives. One of them is in denial. She…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

Details of gay man’s electroshock treatment endured at Belfast university

In a story for The Belfast Telegraph, the man, given the pseudonym “John,” says that while a student at QUB he was referred to the school’s Department of Mental Health, where he…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2019

History has overlooked the Gay Liberation Front’s role in Stonewall … until now

Something very strange happened during last June’s celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The LGBT community, especially those of us from Gay Liberation Front New York, realized how the…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2019

Zambia must shun the anti-gay politics of disgust

Zambia’s president has made homosexuality a campaign issue to distract attention from the fact that his people are starving, millions are living in poverty, and the nation is buried in international debt,…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2019

‘Please leave’: why the Sydney archbishop’s same-sex marriage message has Anglicans rattled

For a man renowned for his civility, the language was blunt. During his annual speech to the Anglican Church’s Sydney synod, Archbishop Glenn Davies told supporters of same-sex marriage to “please leave…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2019

The challenge of adolescent SRH services in Bangladesh

The adolescent population (between the ages of 10 and 19) covers more than one-fifth of the total population of Bangladesh, which consists of approximately 36 million in total. Currently 52% of the…

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