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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 […]

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 […]