Tag Archive | India

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+ […]

India: Teens learn about LGBT couples as attitudes shift

India: Teens learn about LGBT couples as attitudes shift

Indian schoolchildren are learning about same-sex couples in a new textbook, in the latest sign of shifting attitudes in the socially conservative country following the decriminalisation of homosexuality last year. Authorities in the western state of Maharashtra have revised the syllabus for class 11 students, who are aged about 16, to include same-sex relationships and […]

India: Revised trans rights bill presented after backlash

India: Revised trans rights bill presented after backlash

India’s government on Friday presented a revised version of its transgender rights bill to parliament, after criticism from the country’s vibrant transgender community, who said sections of an earlier version would violate their rights. India’s Supreme Court officially recognised trans people as a third gender, with equal rights under the law in 2014, but they […]

India: Bullying leads to LGBT+ schoolchildren drop-out

India: Bullying leads to LGBT+ schoolchildren drop-out

The school bullies started by teasing six-year-old Shemba for walking in a feminine way, and graduated to stone-throwing, when the transgender girl – initially raised as a boy – started wearing girls’ uniform, aged 10. So Shemba dropped out of school altogether, and abandoned her dream of becoming a lawyer, with begging or sex work […]