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India: ‘Extremely disoriented’ transgender candidate reappears after kidnapping fears

India: ‘Extremely disoriented’ transgender candidate reappears after kidnapping fears

A transgender candidate in state elections in southern India has presented herself at a police station, after her disappearance prompted fears of a kidnapping, police said on Thursday last. The candidate, Chandramukhi Muvvala, was “extremely disoriented” when she reappeared, said her campaign aid, Bittu Karthik.

India: LGBT+ people shine on prime-time TV, following court victory

India: LGBT+ people shine on prime-time TV, following court victory

A young man comes out of the closet on a dating show, while a drag queen belts out Bollywood hits in a singing competition – both aired on Indian television programmes in the past month, but would have been unthinkable until recently. With 800 million viewers across the country, according to the Broadcast Audience Research […]

India: Kidnap fear as only transgender political candidate goes missing

India: Kidnap fear as only transgender political candidate goes missing

The only transgender candidate in state elections in southern India has gone missing, police said on Wednesday, with fears that she was kidnapped on her second day of campaigning. Chandramukhi Muvvala disappeared minutes after she left her one-room home on Tuesday morning in an informal settlement in Hyderabad, capital of Telangana state, city police said.

India: First Transgender Taxi Driver, And She Gets 5 Stars!

India: First Transgender Taxi Driver, And She Gets 5 Stars!

Lipstick in hand and phone at the ready, Meghna Sahoo darkens her eyes with kohl, combs her long, black hair and adjusts a dupatta scarf so she is primed for her first client of the day. Heralded as India’s first transgender cab driver, Sahoo drives in the eastern coastal state of Odisha, breaking into a […]

Kenya: LGBT hope for court win after India drops anti-gay law

Kenya: LGBT hope for court win after India drops anti-gay law

A battle in Kenya’s courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalising gay sex has been reinvigorated, after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week, LGBT rights campaigners said yesterday, Wednesday 12th September. Homosexuality is taboo in the east African nation, and the persecution of sexual minorities is rife. Under sections […]

India: Gay rights rule change sets up cultural battle

India: Gay rights rule change sets up cultural battle

(Reuters) – When R. Balaji, a 30-year-old gay man from India’s IT hub Bengaluru, comes up for white-collar job interviews, recruiters are initially enthusiastic. It’s only when they notice his résumé includes work at an LGBT magazine they go cold, he said. His struggles to find a job show the difficulties LGBT Indians have faced […]

India: Decriminalisation of gay sex, but battle for acceptance remains

India: Decriminalisation of gay sex, but battle for acceptance remains

Jubilation broke out among India’s sexual minorities yesterday, Thursday 6th September, as the country’s top court decriminalised gay sex, but campaigners cautioned that much more needs to be done before achieving acceptance and equality. Gay sex is considered taboo by many in the socially conservative country, and was reinstated as a criminal offence in 2013 […]