Tag Archive | section 377

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+ […]

Myanmar: University investigates suicide of gay librarian

Myanmar: University investigates suicide of gay librarian

A Myanmar university said on Wednesday it had suspended three staff, while it investigates the suicide of a gay employee, who said he was bullied at work in social media posts widely shared in the conservative Asian country. Kyaw Zin Win, a librarian in his 20s, took his own life on Sunday, after sharing accounts […]

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: 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: 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: 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 […]

India: Supreme Court To Re-examine Validity Of Anti-gay Law (Section 377)

India: Supreme Court To Re-examine Validity Of Anti-gay Law (Section 377)

India’s Supreme Court on Monday agreed to reconsider a 2013 decision, which had criminalised consensual sexual relations between same-sex adults. This is seen as  a victory for equal rights campaigners. Lawyer Anand Grover, who appeared for five members of the LGBT community who had petitioned the court seeking a review of the ban, told the […]