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LGBTI Rights in India


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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ADDED ON: 02/23/2020

Rainbow Scapes: Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan on chronicling the lives of LGBT individuals who ‘lived fearlessly’

In 2011, I travelled across India to document lives of 20 gay, lesbian and transgender persons who have lived their lives fearlessly and contributed in their own might to the community’s visibility…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2020

Gay Couple Moves Kerala HC For Recognition Of Homosexual Marriages

Nikesh and Sonu, the first 'married' gay couple from Kerala, have moved the High Court of Kerala challenging the provisions of Special Marriage Act 1954 to the extent they do not permit…

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ADDED ON: 02/09/2020

Working towards making the world a more inclusive space, says Mr Gay India 2020

A 31-year-old Punekar has been working towards creating safe spaces for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community since the past decade in the country. “I hope to work towards the…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2020

Mumbai: 51 booked for sedition for pro-Sharjeel Imam slogans at queer pride march

The Mumbai Police have filed a sedition case against 51 persons, including activist Urvashi Chudawala, for allegedly chanting slogans in support of Jawaharlal Nehru University student Sharjeel Imam at a queer pride…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2020

Mumbai Police denies permission for Pride 2020 at August Kranti Maidan

Pride 2020, scheduled for February 1, the annual march of LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual) community in the city, the Mumbai Police has denied permission for…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2020

Indian Supreme Court accepts trans lawsuit against new trans rights law

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the central government on Monday on a petition alleging that a legislation drafted to protect transgender persons was violative of their rights. The plea filed…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2020

Gay Couple Moves Kerala HC For Recognition Of Homosexual Marriages Under Special Marriage Act

Nikesh and Sonu, the first 'married' gay couple from Kerala, have moved the High Court of Kerala challenging the provisions of Special Marriage Act 1954 to the extent they do not permit…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2020

India’s LGBTQ community joins citizenship law protests

More than 1,000 members of India’s LGBTQ community, rights groups and their supporters marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to protest a citizenship law that excludes Muslims. Describing themselves…

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