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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 […]

India: Doctors go from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

India: Doctors go from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

It started with a homophobic post on social media. Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, a radiation oncologist based in Mumbai, was scrolling through his Facebook feed one evening several years ago, when he saw a colleague had posted an anti-gay comment. “I commented saying, ‘This isn’t appropriate; maybe you don’t mean it’,” Dandekar told the Thomson […]

India: Transgender leader a star at massive festival

India: Transgender leader a star at massive festival

(Reuters) – In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader, and a former reality TV star, has become an unlikely icon at India’s Kumbh Mela, […]

India: Army chief draws flak over ‘no gay sex’ remarks

India: Army chief draws flak over ‘no gay sex’ remarks

India’s army chief drew flak on Friday for saying gay sex would not be tolerated among soldiers, months after the country scrapped a colonial-era ban on same-sex relations. General Bipin Rawat said gay sex was unacceptable in his army – one of the largest in the world with more than a million soldiers – drawing […]

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Asian countries holding elections this year must be ready to protect the rights of LGBT+ communities, ahead of a likely rise in anti-gay rhetoric by politicians, rights groups said on Tuesday. A number of countries across the region are set to go to the polls in 2019, including India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, and […]