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LGBTI Rights in India


ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

LGBTQ Classes Are Now Mandatory For College Students In Gujarat

While the LGBTQ-rights movement in India is coming into its own, the world’s first openly gay prince and LGBTQ rights activist, Manvendra Singh Gohil, has pioneered South Asia’s first academic module on…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Kerala Floods: Queer Groups Organize Relief for Thousands, Help Rescue Hundreds

Thiruvananthapuram-based Queerythm turned their 24-hour helpline number for the LGBTIQ+ community into a number for distress calls. Juhi Chawla comes out of the house, barking at a stranger. She settles down only when…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Devout and Gay: Faith vs Sexuality

By the afternoon of July 12, the lawyers of the 34 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender petitioners and intervenors, including parents of queer persons and mental health professionals, had wrapped up their…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2018

Now You See Her, Now You Don’t: The Invisible Lives of Queer Women in India

Rupa Mhatre (name changed) is among the last to exit the just-arrived red state transport bus at the Mumbai Central depot. Pulling her sari over her head to shield against the rain,…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

The Crowd-sourced List of Campus Groups That Help Women, LGBT and Dalit Communities

Leaving the comfort of your school and home and stepping into college can be an overwhelming experience. Especially if you belong to a minority community that can be discriminated against. To make…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

Opinion | Why the Battle to Love Won’t End with Section 377

Meditation helps eradicate homosexuality.” “Trust me this is perfectly curable, let’s start you off on some Clonazepam now!” “Homosexuality cannot be legal. It is against our religion and culture.” “There’s a gay…

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‘Evening Shadows’ Give Way to Light

As the Indian Supreme Court considers overturning Section 377 of the penal code — effectively decriminalizing homosexual conduct for an estimated 20% of all LGBTI people on the planet — a victory…

ADDED ON: 08/01/2018

Bollywood Stars Pledge Support for Repealing India’s Anti-Gay Law

As India’s apex court prepares to a rule on the constitutionality of the country’s anti-gay law, Bollywood stars are coming out in support of repeal and more LGBT equality in the country.…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

India’s Engineering Students Join Gay Rights Fight

Twenty-seven-year-old Debottam Saha remembers how he became a victim of blackmail earlier this year. Saha is a gay man. One night, he went to meet a man who seemed kind to him, at first. But, as…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

‘Our Lives Should Be Lived in the Sun’: The Couple Fighting to Legalise Gay Sex in India

One day, about 15 years ago, Sunil Mehra’s partner, Navtej Johar, a classical dancer, was being interviewed on the phone at their New Delhi home. The journalist asked about Johar’s sexuality. Mehra…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Not Just Section 377, the Law Isn’t Straight for a Queer Person in India

Can a trans-woman report sexual harassment at work against a colleague? Does a queer person have the right to claim property that belonged to their parents or other family members? Can a…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

India’s Top Court Likely to Overturn Colonial-Era Anti-Homosexuality Law

Calling the law “Victorian-era morality” Justice Rohinton Nariman, also chimed in, agreeing to Justice Chandrachud, saying prohibitions have never resolved social issues. In a big win for the LGBT rights in India, the…

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