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LGBTI Rights in India


ADDED ON: 05/13/2020

‘No one wants to be tested:’ Social stigmas are crippling coronavirus containment

Public health officials around the world have agreed that testing and contact tracing are vital to containing the coronavirus pandemic. But for many people, coming forward to get tested -- let alone…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2020

LGBT community hit hard by COVID-19 lockdown in Lakhimpur

The LGBT community in Assam’s Lakhimpur district is hit hard by the impact of nation-wide COVID-19 lockdown. The victims are four transgender persons in the district who are facing starvation due to…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2020

From Sex Worker Mothers to Lesbian Parents: The Changing Face of Motherhood in India

'You’re not complete as a woman unless you become a mother.’ With these brilliantly misleading words that every woman in India must have heard at some point of her life begins Pooja…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2020

In Ganjam’s quarantine centres, no separate provision for the transgender community

Due to the lack of separate arrangements for transgender persons at a quarantine centre, Prasant*, an 18-year-old transgender person, had to spend a 14-day quarantine period, till April 29, with a group…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2020

Lockdown, religion, migrant, survival, and more

The good thing about this Chinese virus is that it has knocked the stuffing out of religion. Where are monotheism, polytheism, in fact theism itself? What about God, Jehovah, Allah and the…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2020

NGO DISTRIBUTES FOOD TO TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY IN DELHI AMID LOCKDOWN

The members of Mitr Trust NGO on Saturday distributed food among the transgender community in Delhi amid COVID-19 lockdown. Rudrani Chettri, NGO Director said, “Many people are daily wage workers, they are…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2020

India: LGBT is the hardest hit group in these coronavirus times

The one group of people which is always gets excluded from discussion on any subject of national importance is LGBT or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. The impact of coronavirus has not…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2020

India’s ‘invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India’s coronavirus lockdown leaves transgender people at heightened risk of poverty and ill health because they exist on the margins of society, eking out a living through sex work and begging, activists…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2020

How a 27-year-old queer Indian brought drag to their city

Patruni Sastry is a 27-year-old, gender-fluid drag performer from the south of India. And they have a surprising story to tell about bringing drag to the city of Hyderabad. They have been…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2020

How Indian Pride Festivals Have Become Political Battlegrounds

For most queer people, pride is seen as a space to celebrate diversity and resist oppression. It’s a space where they feel safe and seen. But this year’s pride in Mumbai has…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

Seven Asian movies celebrating LGBT romance

While Hollywood has blockbuster queer films Brokeback Mountain (2005), Moonlight (2016) and Call Me By Your Name (2017), social stigmas and cultural taboos mean that LGBTQ+ characters in Asian cinema are scarce.…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2020

Bollywood goes LGBT: Gay romcom Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is a game-changer

Bollywood has long stereotyped LGBTQ+ characters into farcical clichés – the brothel-owning transgender villain, effeminate horny gay man, cross-dressers, sexualised lesbians and predatory transgender men – typically cast as mere accessories, crude…

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