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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: 07/02/2019

Turkish opposition sparks debate with pro-LGBTQ Pride campaign

In an unprecedented move, dozens of Turkish opposition-run municipalities celebrated LGBTQ Pride Day on Sunday, triggering rebukes and strongly worded statements from ruling party officials and their supporters. Among the first officials…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

A library canceled an LGBT prom after backlash. Then a church stepped in.

When the Storybook Pride Prom for LGBT teens in Jacksonville, Fla., was canceled after online conservative backlash, a local church made sure the story had a happy ending. The Willowbranch Library in…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

A ‘pride’ that roared on the streets of Kolkata yet again

On a muggy July afternoon in 1999, 15 people gathered at Park Circus Maidan in the heart of Kolkata dressed in bright yellow T-shirts that said Friendship Walk on one side and…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

Protests in Pakistan after father arrested for murder of transgender daughter

The transgender community in Pakistan are leading protests after a 19-year-old transgender woman was found “riddled with bullets” beside a river bank. The teenager’s father has been arrested for her murder. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

Turkish police fire tear gas at crowds gathered for banned Istanbul Pride march

Police in Turkey used tear gas to break up a banned Pride rally calling for rights for gay and transgender people. Several hundred activists had gathered in Istanbul, cheering and waved rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

Glaad’s bold new mission: An LGBT constitutional amendment

Glaad almost died in 2014. After years of fighting homophobic news coverage and working to bring about inclusion in the entertainment industry, the L.G.B.T. advocacy organization found itself losing money, scrambling to…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

Video: LGBT activists talk openly about life in Morocco

In collaboration with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), Human Rights Watch released a video, Monday, June 24. The footage, published on the Human Rights Watch Facebook page, aims to…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

How the internet is helping queer Nigerian youth push for Pride

For LGBTQ+ people growing up in Nigeria, the dangers of being out and visible are instilled in all of us. When I ask Logan February, a 20-year-old genderqueer poetry prodigy who is…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

Pioneers launching Pride in Bermuda, St. Lucia, Uganda, India

Activists in Bermuda and St. Lucia are planning those nations’ first Pride celebrations, while a fund drive is under way for Uganda’s seventh Pride, which is held annually except when police raids…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

As Pride celebrates Stonewall, Catalonia remembers its own LGBT breakthrough

Franco's Spain dismissed queer people as a "danger to society." Then, they staged an unprecedented protest in Barcelona. Pride is back in Barcelona this weekend as the global LGBT community celebrates half…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

Gayborhoods’ used to be a LGBT save haven. Now, many LGBT people have been priced out

For better or worse, iconic "gayborhoods" are getting way more expensive, pricing out LGBT people in the process. Neighborhoods such as San Francisco's Castro district or New York's Greenwich Village have cultural…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

LGBT community demands its rights with massive Mexico City march

The Mexican LGBT community showed this Saturday how much it has advanced in demanding its rights with a huge march in the capital of a country where hate crimes against its members…

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