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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 […]

India: Transgender community says new bill violates their rights

India: Transgender community says new bill violates their rights

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 […]

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 […]