Reports say that LGBT people often harm and kill themselves under religious pressure

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Pope Francis (R) and , Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby react at the end of the Vesper prayer in the Church of San Gregorio al Celio, in central Rome on October 5, 2016. Pope Francis and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will attend a special service in Rome on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the first joint prayer of a Catholic pontiff and a head of the Church of England. The two men will preside over vespers, or evening prayers, in the ancient church of San Gregorio al Celio in the Italian capital. The service has been organised to mark 50 years since a historic meeting between the then archbishop, Michael Ramsey, and Pope Paul VI. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Oasis Foundation report claims that most churches actively preach homosexual activity as something bad, evil and sinful. And it directly influences on the mental health of gay, lesbian and bisexual believers. Titled ‘In the Name of Love: The Church, exclusion and LGB mental health issues’, the Oasis Foundation says their report “seems to justify the long-held assumption that church practises and teachings are seriously damaging the mental health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people outside the Church, often with life-threatening consequences”. LGBT believers are 12 timw\es more likely to face problems with mental health in comparison to straight ones. According to report, while all groups are growing more liberal to same-sex relationships, religious people are doing so at a much slower rate. While only 37% of the general population opposed same-sex marriage in 2013, according to research by Oasis in 2015, opposition among church-goers was 49%.

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