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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: 01/11/2023

Germany pushes to end gay blood donor discrimination

The German government on Tuesday pledged to end discrimination against men or trans women who have sex with men and who wish to donate blood. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

England and Wales’ census records trans and queer populations for the first time ever

For the first time ever, the number of trans and non-binary residents of England and Wales has been counted in the population census. The 2021 England and Wales population census marked the…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

Indonesia’s transgender community fears threat posed by new law

Transgender Indonesian woman Chika Ananda Putrie wakes every morning in her decrepit rented room in a Jakarta slum, worried for her safety because of her gender identity. She saw some of her…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Polish town changes mind on ‘anti-LGBTQ+’ stance after threat of losing EU funding

A town in Poland is dropping its official anti-LGBTQ+ stance in favour of being non-discriminatory, reportedly at the risk of losing out on funding. In March 2019, the local council in Świdnik,…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Liechtenstein prelate cancels parliamentary Mass over gay marriage bill

The New Year is off to a rocky start for parliamentarians in the tiny European nation of Liechtenstein, who are currently in a standoff with the country’s lone Archbishop, Wolfgang Haas, over…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Israel’s LGBTQ community reacts to new, right-wing government

Israel has made a name for itself as the most gay-friendly country in the Middle East - but the new government has members of the community worrying. Israel’s new Knesset (parliament) Speaker…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Students say Florida school play shut down over Don’t Say Gay

Students at a high school in Florida are pointing to the state’s Parental Rights in Education law, aka Don’t Say Gay, as the reason for the sudden cancellation of a long-scheduled drama…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2023

It takes that first step’: Building sober housing for the LGBTQ community in St. Cloud

WAITE PARK ― On Thursday afternoon Alessandra Williams lifted the blinds of a window in a new sober living community house in Waite Park, sending light through the dining room. The home…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2023

Haitian community is more tolerant, but homophobic violence continues

Despite progress in promoting tolerance, two unpunished homophobic beatings of LGBTI people marred 2022 in the southern Haitian community of Les Cayes, say LGBTI activist Jean-Mardy Ketler and Camélia, a transgender woman,…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2023

As anti-LGBTQ2 hate grows in Canada, advocates say it’s ‘never been as scary’

Canadian LGBTQ2 community members and advocates say the past year has been difficult and scary amid a notable rise in hate crimes, threats and protests against drag queens and transgender people in particular. The solution, they say,…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2023

Over 2,000 join LGBTQ march in New Delhi after COVID break

NEW DELHI -- More than 2,000 members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters returned to New Delhi streets on Sunday after a three-year break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to press…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2023

Polish town replaces anti-LGBT resolution with anti-discrimination declaration amid EU funding threat

A town that, nearly four years ago, was among the first of many in Poland to adopt a resolution declaring itself “free from LGBT ideology” has now replaced the document with one…

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