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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 […]

India: First LGBTI job fair held after gay ban lifted

India: First LGBTI job fair held after gay ban lifted

(Reuters) – An LGBTI job fair, billed by organisers as the first such event in India, attracted more than 250 people on Friday looking for employment with companies including Intel, Goldman Sachs and Uber . The event in the southern city of Bengaluru comes after India’s Supreme Court overruled a law banning homosexuality in 2018, […]

India: Sprinter becomes India’s first openly gay athlete

India: Sprinter becomes India’s first openly gay athlete

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, becoming the first openly-gay athlete in the socially conservative country, according to an interview published on Sunday. Chand, 23, told The Sunday Express she was in a relationship with a woman from her village in eastern Odisha state, saying she got the courage […]

India: ‘Gay Netflix’ to expand into India in 2019

India: ‘Gay Netflix’ to expand into India in 2019

Asia’s first LGBT+ video streaming platform, that bills itself as the continent’s ‘gay Netflix’, plans to expand this year into India, its founder said on Wednesday [following the removal of anti-gay legislation]. GagaOOLala – which combines two slang phrases used to describe gay people in Taiwan – is moving into India because of improved internet […]

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: Bollywood’s first major LGBT+ film splits audiences

India: Bollywood’s first major LGBT+ film splits audiences

The big reveal during Bollywood’s first mainstream LGBT+ film “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga …” (“When I Saw That Girl, I Felt …”) arrives halfway through the feature. Distraught protagonist, Sweety, played by actress, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, explains to her besotted male admirer that she is in love with another woman. The film’s […]