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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: 07/26/2022

Buenos Aires officials sued over unjust ban on gender-neutral language in schools.

Authorities in Buenos Aires are being sued after banning gender-neutral language from being taught in schools. Local officials were collectively taken to court by political groups after they banned teachers from describing…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

Motion to oppose same-sex marriage forces rethink of Anglican summit.

The archbishop of Canterbury has been forced into a last-minute rethink of plans to ask Anglican bishops to oppose same-sex marriage when they meet this week for the first Lambeth conference –…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

WQMD – Experiences, Stories and Evolution of SA Drag Culture.

The art of drag has taken the world by storm, with the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise making it a truly global phenomenon. In this episode, Shenay sits down with three proudly South…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances in US Congress

The U.S. Congress may be on the cusp of passing legislation that would codify recognition of same-sex marriages under federal law, solidifying the right of LGBTQ couples to wed seven years after…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Double the risk for Russian tennis star speaking out on LGBTQ rights and war in Ukraine

Russia's top female tennis player, Daria "Dasha" Kasatkina, has done something no Russian athlete of her rank has done before — she came out. While seeing a professional athlete from Canada or the U.S. speaking openly about their…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Glasgow bagel business owner on mission to help young LGBT Scots

IAN Brooke still looks over his shoulder when walking along a street when his husband takes his hand. The 42-year-old does it instinctively to see who might be there, partly for their…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Gender-affirming Care: Thailand’s Transgender People Lead By Example

According to the article published in The Lancet last year, “transgender-specific data could benefit efforts in Asia to identify gaps in HIV response for transgender people.” Despite alarming evidence of high HIV…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

At Least 25 States Are One Supreme Court Decision Away From Banning Same-Sex Marriage

In his decision to help gut Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court “should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell”—cases…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Thousands join Budapest Pride march in sweltering heat

In sweltering temperatures, thousands of Hungarians took part in the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday, vowing to keep up their fight against government policies on LGBTQ rights that have drawn EU…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Delhi: Dispute between transgender individuals and police escalates at Dwarka

A dispute early Friday morning at a police station in Dwarka between transgender individuals from the Garima Greh shelter and police escalated, with the transgender individuals alleging that they were beaten up…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2022

President Ramkalawan Meets Members of LGBTI Seychelles

President Wavel Ramkalawan received the Chairperson of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) Seychelles Association, Mr. Naddy Vidot, at State House yesterday morning. LGBTI Seychelles is a non-government organisation that…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2022

Greece bans genital surgery on non-consenting intersex babies

The parliament of Greece passed a law earlier this week banning “sex-normalizing” surgeries for babies born intersex. Intersex children are born with any number of chromosomal, gonadal, hormonal, or genital features that…

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