Tag Archive | India

Indian state lets trans people register for civil service exam

Indian state lets trans people register for civil service exam

Assam has become the first Indian state to add ‘transgender’ as an identity category for people seeking civil service jobs, allowing 42 trans candidates to apply to sit an entry exam, an official and a campaigner said on Friday. The application form for the exam, which recruits for state roles such as administrative officials, magistrates […]

Suicide prompts Indian state to mull LGBT+ conversion therapy ban

Suicide prompts Indian state to mull LGBT+ conversion therapy ban

When Aswathi told her parents she was a lesbian, they took her to a nun and then to a doctor, who wanted to run hormone tests to make her straight – one of thousands of LGBT+ Indians subjected to conversion therapies that are now facing a possible ban. Aswathi’s mother cried that her 22-year-old daughter […]

India’s first trans-run dairy farm brings jobs

India’s first trans-run dairy farm brings jobs

As head of India’s first dairy farm run by transgender women, Bhoomika has finally found security, having spent years as a beggar after fleeing parents who taunted their sari-wearing son. The state-backed Transgenders’ Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society officially opened its doors in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu last month, providing 30 trans women […]

India: New transgender council to tackle COVID-19 and Discrimination

India: New transgender council to tackle COVID-19 and Discrimination

Discrimination, housing and the impact of COVID-19 are among the top priorities for India’s new National Council for Transgender Persons, two trans members said on Tuesday. India is seen as a global leader for its efforts to improve the lives of an estimated 2 million trans people, who face prejudice in the largely conservative country, […]

India: Gay comic busts biases without judgment

India: Gay comic busts biases without judgment

Indian stand-up comic Vasu Primlani does not shy away from her sexuality in her gigs – even though until very recently, being gay put her at odds with the law. One popular joke starts with the question she says many LGBT+ Indians are routinely asked – “how did you turn gay?”. The answer – “when […]

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India’s coronavirus lockdown leaves transgender people at heightened risk of poverty and ill-health, because they exist on the margins of society […] activists and community members said on Tuesday. The warning came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion, where the virus has claimed at least […]

India: Bollywood’s first gay rom-com ‘breaks stereotypes’

India: Bollywood’s first gay rom-com ‘breaks stereotypes’

Eschewing the typical Bollywood storyline of boy meets girl, and struggles to marry in the face of family opposition, a new film approaches things differently – with a gay couple. Touted as India’s first gay male romantic comedy, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Be Extra Careful About Marriage) stars popular actor, Ayushmann Khurrana, as an openly […]

India: Trans community calls to block bill

India: Trans community calls to block bill

India’s transgender community took to social media on Monday, to urge the president to stop a bill that aimed to protect them, concerned it required them to register to be legally deemed trans, and failed to crackdown on sexual abuse. Tagging the president’s Twitter handle, and using #StopTransBill2019, trans people, campaigners and supporters tweeted against […]

India: Biometric ID excludes homeless and trans people

India: Biometric ID excludes homeless and trans people

Ten years after it was introduced, India’s national digital identity system is becoming ubiquitous in the country, even as large numbers of homeless and transgender people are excluded, and many denied essential services, a study showed. More than 1.2 billion Aadhaar IDs have been issued, according to government data. It is the world’s largest biometric […]

India: LGBT+ rights anniversary, but challenges persist

India: LGBT+ rights anniversary, but challenges persist

India’s LGBT+ community on Friday celebrated the first anniversary of a historic judgment that decriminalised gay sex, but campaigners warned major hurdles lay ahead with same-sex marriage still “many years” away. India’s Supreme Court last year struck down Section 377, a colonial-era law that outlawed same-sex relations, sparking hopes of equality for the country’s LGBT+ […]