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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 […]
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 […]
(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’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 […]
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 […]
India’s transgender community said yesterday, Tuesday, that a proposed law aimed at protecting their rights could leave the marginalised population more vulnerable to abuse, and urged lawmakers to review the bill. The Transgender Persons Bill was passed on Monday by India’s lower house of parliament – where the ruling party holds a majority – and […]
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.