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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: 05/24/2023

Inside the Queer Revolution of Saigon’s Nightlife Underground

On a recent weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the city’s music, fashion and cultural vanguard descended upon Arcan, an underground club that’s become a local hub for techno, house, and…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2023

Hungary Strips ‘Anti-LGBTQ’ Section From Whistleblower Law

Hungary on Tuesday modified a new whistleblower law, following outcry by human rights groups, by removing a section that had allowed citizens to report anonymously against perceived attacks on conservative values. Budapest-based…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2023

Historic decision’: 21 same-sex couples win biggest LGBTQ rights trial at ECHR

The largest case ever heard on same-sex unions closed at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday, with the court deeming the lack of legal recognition of same-sex unions a…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2023

Target removing some LGBTQ merchandise following customer backlash

Target, which rolled out its Pride Collection at the start of May, is pulling some products from its stores after facing customer backlash, saying it was acting to protect employee safety, the…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2023

Transgender Activists Protest In Pakistan

Transgender activists in Pakistan hold protest to appeal an Islamic court’s ruling that guts a law aimed at protecting their rights.

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2023

Polish embassy “appalled” by German teaching material saying “Polish mother hates gays”

Poland’s embassy in Berlin says it is “appalled” by training material for teachers produced by a German government office that includes a section about a fictional Polish mother whose son is afraid…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2023

Jerusalem deputy mayor, council member panned for ‘vile’ rant against LGBTQ people

A special meeting of the Jerusalem City Council to mark the capital’s unification in 1967 devolved into a series of statements questioning the rights of LGBTQ people in the city, with a…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2023

Policy Outing LGBTQ Students In Morris Co. Stalled By Superior Court

A state Superior Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a new policy requiring school staff to disclose students' sexual and gender identities to parents in the Hanover Township School District. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2023

Gay couple’s court victory a watershed moment in Namibia’s history

A South African gay man and his Namibian spouse scored a landmark victory after they forced the Namibian government to recognise same-sex marriages registered outside of the former South African colony. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2023

Belgium launches call for projects to increase LGBTQ visibility

Belgium's State Secretary for Equal Opportunities Marie-Colline Leroy launched on Friday a call for projects – titled "À nous les droits" –aiming to increase the visibility of LGBTQ people and their rights,…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2023

Overturning British colonial-era ‘buggery’ law ‘first step’ to protecting LGBTQ+ people in Guyana

Overturning a British colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality is just the “first step in a series of legal challenges” needed to protect LGBTQ+ people in Guyana. Joel Simpson, managing director of SASOD Guyana,…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2023

Pakistan Federal Shariat Court rules against landmark transgender rights legislation

The Pakistani Federal Shariat Court struck down major portions of the landmark Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act Friday. The court, which determines whether laws comply with Islamic doctrine, ruled that the…

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