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India: Small firms opt out as India Inc races to be LGBT-friendly

India: Small firms opt out as India Inc races to be LGBT-friendly

Following India’s September move to scrap a colonial-era ban on gay sex, more and more corporations are opening their doors to LGBT+ people and ushering in policies to make them feel more welcome. But smaller firms across industries – textile houses, printing presses, rubber manufacturers, real estate agencies, and others – are not racing to […]

India: Doctors go from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

India: Doctors go from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

It started with a homophobic post on social media. Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, a radiation oncologist based in Mumbai, was scrolling through his Facebook feed one evening several years ago, when he saw a colleague had posted an anti-gay comment. “I commented saying, ‘This isn’t appropriate; maybe you don’t mean it’,” Dandekar told the Thomson […]

India: Decriminalisation of gay sex, but battle for acceptance remains

India: Decriminalisation of gay sex, but battle for acceptance remains

Jubilation broke out among India’s sexual minorities yesterday, Thursday 6th September, as the country’s top court decriminalised gay sex, but campaigners cautioned that much more needs to be done before achieving acceptance and equality. Gay sex is considered taboo by many in the socially conservative country, and was reinstated as a criminal offence in 2013 […]

India: Police extortion of trans sex workers increases HIV risk – study

India: Police extortion of trans sex workers increases HIV risk – study

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Police in India routinely extort female transgender sex workers, which pressures them to earn more by engaging in unsafe sex that increases the risk of disease, researchers say. Gender minorities need more protection and police need sensitivity training, said a report by the Chennai-based Centre for Sexuality and Health Research and […]