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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: 06/12/2022

Turkish police violently break up LGBT Pride parade at Ankara university

Turkish police attacked a group of students during a LGBT Pride parade at Ankara's Middle East Technical University on Friday. Turkish police violently attacked students during a LGBT Pride march at Ankara’s…

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Congressional candidate pledges to ‘start executing’ Americans promoting ‘LGBTQ indoctrination’ for ‘treason’

Mark Burns, an unabashed Christian nationalist MAGA pastor who is running for Congress in South Carolina, declared that if he is elected, he will reinstate the House Un-American Activities Committee so that…

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Over 100K march for LGBTQ+ rights in Vienna

Austria's LGBTQ+ community came out in full force on the streets of Vienna on Saturday (June 11) with over 100,000 people taking part in the annual gay pride parade, according to local…

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Suspended Gay Priest Krzysztof Charamsa Wants LGBT Catholics to Get Angry

Alturi catches up with former Vatican official Krzysztof Charamsa, who, since coming out and being promptly fired in 2015, has been quietly stirring up the Catholic Church’s next ideological evolution in his…

ADDED ON: 06/11/2022

Azerbaijan’s embattled queer community holds “Pride event”

Azerbaijan’s small LGBTQ activist community gathered for a press conference for the first time in eight years, counting it as a victory amid the country’s not-so-queer-friendly social and political landscape. On June…

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Meet the group that works to crack transgender cold cases

The walls of Anthony Redgrave's office are filled with people whose stories have been cut short. He is a forensic genealogist. “We have to take care of our own people," Redgrave says.…

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Inside Istanbul’s underground queer scene

The month of June officially marks Pride in many countries around the world. Since 2003, Istanbul Pride has taken place in Taksim Square, where participants gather to march down İstiklal Avenue, and…

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Life As An LGBT Person In Central Asia

In Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, homosexuality is still a crime punishable by a prison sentence. It’s not against the law in Tajikistan, but LGBT people have no legal protections and are sometimes subjected…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2022

Gay conversion survivor warns unless Tasmania bans it outright, ‘treatment’ could take off

When Chris Csabs was around 12 years old, he overheard a conversation between two men at his church, recalling a time when a gay man came in off the street for prayer. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2022

LGBTQ billboard is affront to 1992 Constitution, pull it down or we destroy it — Sam George

One of the sponsors of the anti-LGBTQ bill in Parliament, Samuel Nartey George has given the Police 24 hours to pull down a billboard said be advertising LGBTQ activities in Ghana. The Ningo…

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Texas pastor says gay people should be ‘shot in the back of the head’ in shocking sermon

A Texas baptist church — labeled an "anti-LGBT hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center — has caused outrage after a pastor said gay people should be "lined up against the…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2022

LGBT Community In Uzbekistan Faces Abuse, Discrimination, Imprisonment, Report Says

Human rights groups have renewed calls for Uzbekistan to decriminalize homosexuality, saying it is imperative for the Central Asian country to make progress toward honoring its international human rights commitments. Uzbekistan, a Muslim-majority…

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