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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 […]

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, […]