Tag Archive | India

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, […]

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 […]