• Culture Religion and Politics

    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: 06/29/2018

Nicaragua’s LGBT Community Urges Ortega to Resign

Nicaragua’s LGBT community joined with devout Catholic adherents on Thursday in demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and an end to political violence that has left 220 dead in just over…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2018

Communist LGBT Group’s Film Screening Banned in Ankara

The Ankara Governor’s Office has banned the movie screening event of a communist LGBTgroup which was to be held in the capital city on June 28, citing the ongoing state of emergency…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2018

Osaka to Start Recognizing LGBT Couples From July

The city of Osaka said Wednesday it will begin issuing cards in July serving as proof of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples certified by the city authorities. The western Japanese city…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2018

These Cities Hadn’t Celebrated Pride – Until Now

FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE around the world, June marks the time of year to be loud and proud. And 48 years after the first Pride Parade in New York City, more cities…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2018

Anthony Kennedy and the Four Supreme Court Rulings That Changed Gay Life in America

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2018

Meet Anton Krasovsky, the Gay Man Running for Mayor of Moscow

Anton Krasovsky stands alone: the only out LGBTQ person willing to stand for election in Russia. That’s if the authorities allow him to run for mayor of Moscow this September. Anton Krasovsky’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2018

Call for UK to Compensate Men Convicted Under Anti-gay Laws

Gay rights campaigners have called on Theresa May to compensate men who were convicted under discriminatory, anti-gay laws in the past. In a letter delivered to the British Prime Minister at No…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2018

British Exhibition Goes Back 11,000 Years to Highlight LGBTI History

With a bust of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s lover to a silver cup depicting men having sex, a new exhibition of artworks dating back 11,000 years could shine a fresh light on LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2018

How to Kill LGBT Marriage Equality, One Wedding Cake and Bouquet of Flowers at a Time

Is it a hot potato, a tennis ball? Maybe both. The “it” is LGBT rights and equality, and the two sides eyeing its mysterious, contested trajectory high in the air are LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2018

Sexual Minorities Mark A Decade Of Gay Pride With Huge Rainbow Flags In Chennai

Hundreds of people belonging to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community carried out a pride march on Sunday as they cheered and greeted people across the streets of Chennai to…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2018

British Government to Publish Action Plan to Improve LGBT Lives

The British government will next week publish an action plan on advancing the lives and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK. It comes after the largest…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2018

Russia’s LGBT Community are Worried What Will Happen After the World Cup

LGBT people in Russia are worried that the relaxed policing towards the community will end after the World Cup is over. The head of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation, Aleksandr Agapov said…

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