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India: LGBT activists hopeful as top court hears challenge to Section 377

India: LGBT activists hopeful as top court hears challenge to Section 377

(Reuters) – India’s top court on Tuesday began hearing arguments challenging a colonial-era law banning homosexuality, and activists said they were optimistic it would be overturned, despite opposition from some ruling lawmakers. The Supreme Court hearing comes around five years after it reinstated a ban on gay sex – still considered taboo by many in […]

Bollywood needs more LGBT stories, says Indian movie star

Bollywood needs more LGBT stories, says Indian movie star

LGBT characters should be given more screen time in Bollywood movies to help bring about a shift in cultural thinking, Indian actor, Manoj Bajpayee, said on the sidelines of a film festival in London aimed at championing diversity. Bajpayee, who played a gay professor in 2016 drama, Aligarh, said public debate about LGBT issues was […]

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 […]

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the programme. India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009, to streamline welfare payments, and cut […]

Gay Indian prince to open palace doors to vulnerable LGBT people

Gay Indian prince to open palace doors to vulnerable LGBT people

The only openly gay prince in India – where same sex relations are illegal – is throwing open his palace doors to lesbians, gays, transgender and other Indians shunned for their sexuality. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, heir-apparent to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, said it was particularly hard to come out in […]

India: Supreme Court To Re-examine Validity Of Anti-gay Law (Section 377)

India: Supreme Court To Re-examine Validity Of Anti-gay Law (Section 377)

India’s Supreme Court on Monday agreed to reconsider a 2013 decision, which had criminalised consensual sexual relations between same-sex adults. This is seen as  a victory for equal rights campaigners. Lawyer Anand Grover, who appeared for five members of the LGBT community who had petitioned the court seeking a review of the ban, told the […]

First Trans Model For India Fashion Show

First Trans Model For India Fashion Show

A transgender model will walk the ramp at one of India’s premier fashion events next month for the first time, a sign of greater acceptance of a community that is ostracised despite recent laws ensuring their protection and more opportunities. Anjali Lama, who is from Nepal, first auditioned for the Lakmé Fashion Week last year […]