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LGBTI Rights in India


ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Renowned LGBTI activist wants to become the Pete Buttigieg of India

LGBTI rights activist Harish Iyer announced this week he would be joining one of India’s major political parties, the Indian National Congress (INC). Iyer was looking forward to ‘working with the Mumbai…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2019

LGBT activist Harish Iyer joins Congress, says queer people need to get into politics

LGBT activist Harish Iyer on Tuesday announced he is joining the Congress party. "I have officially joined the Congress and look forward to working with the Mumbai Congress team in weeding out…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

As India election nears, officials urge trans Indians to vote

India is seeking to increase participation by its transgender citizens in the elections that are scheduled to begin April 11. Although hijra, trans, and other non-binary people were given the right to…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2019

CPI-M releases manifesto, calls for anti-discriminatory bill

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) released its manifesto in New Delhi on March 28 calling for a comprehensive anti-discriminatory bill covering the LGBTQIA+ community of the country. In a significant…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2019

#GoodNews: India’s First LGBT Theatre Group Launched in Kerala

At the back of the temporary stage built on Queer Pride day, Prijith stands looking tense. He looks preoccupied even as he describes to journalists the new programmes they are about to…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2019

This transgender woman is running for a seat in India’s national parliament

India’s commercial hub, Mumbai has its first-ever transgender candidate for upcoming parliament elections. Sneha Kale announced she would contest the north-central constituency as an independent candidate this week, according to the Mumbai…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2019

LGBT in India: What it’s like six months after gay sex was decriminalised

Up until six months ago, 20-year-old Tish felt like a criminal. He faced long-term prison time in India because he was an out and proud gay man, but then his life changed.…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2019

A Literature Festival in Lucknow by the LGBTQIA Community

Despite the low turnout at the Awadh Queer Literature festival, the organisers' enthusiasm was on an all-time high. In a first, such a festival was organised in Lucknow recently at Baudh Santhan…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

Colour & confidence: Marching with queer pride

Even as the Supreme Court struck down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in a landmark judgement in September last year, the queer community’s fight for acceptance and various rights continues.…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2019

LGBTQIA Members Walk for Pulwama Martyrs

I’m gay, that’s okay. I’m trans, that’s okay, I’m straight, that’s okay’…these slogans were chanted at the fourth edition of Nagpur Pride organised at Samvidhan Chowk on Saturday by hundreds of LGBTQIA members and…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

Gujarat Govt Establishes Transgender Welfare Board; Housing, Education & Other Issues To Be Taken Care Of

A Transgender Welfare Board has been established by the Gujarat government, which has been constituted by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. The community’s housing, education, employment and livelihood will be…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2019

Small, Rural Businesses are Far Behind India’s Corporate Giants in Welcoming LGBTI People

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…

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