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"It's quite damaging to the whole LGBT community, so we are sorely disappointed," said Peng Yanzi, the director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China.(Reuters)

Chinese court backs publisher calling homosexuality 'psychological disorder'

Reuters | , Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:52 PM IST
  • Homosexuality was decategorised as a mental disorder by the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001.
Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalized “unnatural sex”, widely interpreted as homosexuality.(Pixabay)
Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalized “unnatural sex”, widely interpreted as homosexuality.(Pixabay)

Bhutan parliament decriminalizes homosexuality, to delight of activists

Kathmandu | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:20 PM IST
A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday to legalize gay sex, making the tiny Himalayan kingdom the latest Asian nation to take steps towards easing restrictions on same-sex relationships.
Vicky Kaushal at the trailer launch of Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship.(IANS)
Vicky Kaushal at the trailer launch of Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship.(IANS)

Vicky Kaushal on homosexuality: ‘When you’re growing up, you don’t know which side you fall on’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 12:53 PM IST
Talking about LGBTQ people coming out of the closet, Vicky Kaushal said that the closet has become bigger.
Outfit, Manish Arora; shoes, JW Anderson for Converse(Samrat Mukherjee)
Outfit, Manish Arora; shoes, JW Anderson for Converse(Samrat Mukherjee)

Coming into his own

Hindustan Times | By Ananya Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2019 12:33 AM IST
“Being in the closet oppresses you, it suppresses you, and you can’t be the person you are,” says filmmaker and now podcast host Mozez Singh
Prince Mohammed has sought to ease restrictions on women with multiple reforms including a historic decree that ended a decades-old ban on female motorists.(Bloomberg photo)
Prince Mohammed has sought to ease restrictions on women with multiple reforms including a historic decree that ended a decades-old ban on female motorists.(Bloomberg photo)

Saudi backpedals on video labelling feminism ‘extremism’

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 05:11 PM IST
Saudi Arabia’s security agency said the video contained “many mistakes” and suggested that those behind it would face a formal investigation, according to a statement posted late Tuesday by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The Supreme Court had last year decriminalised homosexuality and adultery.(Ragul Krishnan/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court had last year decriminalised homosexuality and adultery.(Ragul Krishnan/HT File Photo)

Army wants homosexuality, adultery to remain punishable offences: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 10:20 AM IST
The sources also said the Army Act had a provision under which its personnel can be charged for homosexuality and adultery, but now it will be under another provision of the same Act.
A section of a Delhi University (DU) panel has recommended dropping a lesson from the syllabus under the BA (Programme) course(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File PHOTO)
A section of a Delhi University (DU) panel has recommended dropping a lesson from the syllabus under the BA (Programme) course(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File PHOTO)

Delhi University members object to lessons on Gujarat riots, homosexuality and caste

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Fareeha Iftikhar
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2019 07:28 AM IST
During the meeting, while the syllabi of all other courses were passed without objections, the syllabus of English department faced criticism.
Author David Ebershoff’s The Danish Girl is now a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, directed by Tom Hooper.
Author David Ebershoff’s The Danish Girl is now a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, directed by Tom Hooper.

The Danish Girl author says decriminalising homosexuality in India a huge step forward

By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 04:38 PM IST
These steps will be gradual and will vary in many places and settings, and many will be slow to adopt these new attitudes, says The Danish Girl author David Ebershoff.
Australia’s parliament voted to legalise same-sex marriage in December after a nationwide postal survey returned an overwhelming majority in favour of the unions.(Reuters File Photo)
Australia’s parliament voted to legalise same-sex marriage in December after a nationwide postal survey returned an overwhelming majority in favour of the unions.(Reuters File Photo)

Australia seeks to ban schools from expelling students on the basis of homosexuality

Melbourne | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2018 02:54 PM IST
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s statement urging parliament to tackle schools expelling students on the basis of their sexuality issue received support from the Labour party.
A rainbow flag is raised after the verdict by Supreme Court of India stuck down Section 377 of the IPC, outside Supreme Court of India in New Delhi on September 6.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A rainbow flag is raised after the verdict by Supreme Court of India stuck down Section 377 of the IPC, outside Supreme Court of India in New Delhi on September 6.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

UP, Kerala top list of gay sex cases registered under Section 377 of IPC

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 06:11 PM IST
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), as many as 2,195 gay sex cases were registered under Section 377 in 2016, 1,347 in 2015 and 1,148 cases in 2014.
As India’s LGBT movement grows in popularity and public exposure, it is important to recognise its histories because a vast majority of queer people live outside metropolitan cities.(Ragul Krishnan/HT Photo)
As India’s LGBT movement grows in popularity and public exposure, it is important to recognise its histories because a vast majority of queer people live outside metropolitan cities.(Ragul Krishnan/HT Photo)

A love without a name: Identifying homosexuality in Indian language and literature

Hindustan Times | By Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 04:18 PM IST
Same-sex desire is around us everywhere. We need an ocean of words to express its diverse forms
Members of the LGBT community celebrate after the Supreme Court’s verdict.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)
Members of the LGBT community celebrate after the Supreme Court’s verdict.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)

What’s next for LGBT community after Supreme Court decriminalises gay sex

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 08:30 AM IST
Gay sex among consenting adults is not an offence, the Supreme Court ordered on Thursday, reading down a British-era section 377 of the penal code that penalises people for their sexual orientation.
The youngest respondents (15 to 17 years of age) were more approving of same-sex relationships than people in an older demographic; 31% of people between 15 and 17 said they were alright with two men in love, while only 21% of people between 30 and 34 years of age said they approved of the same.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)
The youngest respondents (15 to 17 years of age) were more approving of same-sex relationships than people in an older demographic; 31% of people between 15 and 17 said they were alright with two men in love, while only 21% of people between 30 and 34 years of age said they approved of the same.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)

Will Supreme Court ruling on Section 377 change India’s social attitude?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti and Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 09:39 AM IST
A study spanning 19 states in 2016 found strong views against homosexuality, but revealed some interesting trends: 61% of the respondents thought love between two men or two women was wrong. Only a fourth of the respondents approved of a relationship between two men or two women.
Members of the LGBT community celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)
Members of the LGBT community celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)

High-risk groups may seek support after Supreme Court verdict on Section 377

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 11:33 PM IST
The Union health ministry, which has previously backed decriminalising homosexuality and said Section 377 acted as an impediment in making high-risk groups such as men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) come forward to access services, said it is expecting a rise in the number of people seeking support.
Homosexuality is not a crime, the RSS said Thursday, but maintained that it does not support same-sex marriage as it was “not natural”.(PTI File Photo)
Homosexuality is not a crime, the RSS said Thursday, but maintained that it does not support same-sex marriage as it was “not natural”.(PTI File Photo)

‘Same sex marriage not compatible with norms of nature, we don’t support it,’ says RSS

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 10:35 PM IST
The comments came on a day the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of Section 377, which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.
Gay sex is no longer a crime in India, the Supreme Court ruled on Section 377 in a historic judgment on Thursday.(PTI)
Gay sex is no longer a crime in India, the Supreme Court ruled on Section 377 in a historic judgment on Thursday.(PTI)

‘Second Independence Day’: Kerala’s LGBT community welcomes Supreme Court verdict on Section 377

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 05:36 PM IST
The LGBT community in Kerala, the first state to formulate a transgender policy three years ago, hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict scrapping the colonial-era ban on gay sex on Thursday and took out victory processions in many parts of the state including Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.
The UN said it hoped the Supreme Court judgment will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBTI persons in all areas of social, economic, cultural and political activity.(Reuters)
The UN said it hoped the Supreme Court judgment will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBTI persons in all areas of social, economic, cultural and political activity.(Reuters)

Hope SC verdict on Section 377 is first step towards full range of fundamental rights for LGBT: UN

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 03:51 PM IST
The United Nations welcomed the landmark ruling on Section 377 by the Supreme Court .
Members and supporters of the LGBT community at a Gay Pride Parade in New Delhi.(HT/File Photo)
Members and supporters of the LGBT community at a Gay Pride Parade in New Delhi.(HT/File Photo)

Chef, activist, hotelier, researcher: Meet 6 petitioners who championed decriminalising Section 377

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 01:38 PM IST
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises homosexuality.
LGBT members and supporters participate in the Delhi's Queer Pride March from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar, on November 12, 2017 in New Delhi.(Hindustan Times)
LGBT members and supporters participate in the Delhi's Queer Pride March from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar, on November 12, 2017 in New Delhi.(Hindustan Times)

Will Supreme Court uphold gay rights today? Verdict on Section 377 soon

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 12:22 PM IST
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code punishes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” with life imprisonment, though formal prosecution is rare.
Pope Francis speaks during the Festival of Families at Croke Park during his visit to Dublin, Ireland on August 25.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis speaks during the Festival of Families at Croke Park during his visit to Dublin, Ireland on August 25.(REUTERS)

Vatican rolls back on remarks of Pope Francis on psychiatric help for gay children

Vatican City | By AFP
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 11:53 PM IST
Pope Francis added that ignoring a child who showed homosexual tendencies was an “error of fatherhood or motherhood”.
(HT File Photo)
(HT File Photo)

Woman sued by lesbian partner gets Mumbai HC protection against arrest

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2018 02:56 PM IST
The complainant registered a police complaint against the petitioner on charges of outraging her modesty, criminal intimidation, and criminal breach of trust.
LGBT rights activists participate in a march in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
LGBT rights activists participate in a march in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

Centre says will leave validity of Section 377 to the wisdom of the Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2018 12:45 PM IST
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Tuesday said it will examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict setting aside the Delhi HC judgement decriminalising gay sex under section 377 of the IPC.
We have a historical opportunity today to stand on the side of freedom and equality for those who are among the most marginalised in our country. We must grab it.(HT File Photo)
We have a historical opportunity today to stand on the side of freedom and equality for those who are among the most marginalised in our country. We must grab it.(HT File Photo)

‘Section 377, Islam form a double bind for queer Muslims’

Hindustan Times | By Rafiul Alom Rahman
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2018 04:33 PM IST
A target for Islamophobia and homophobia, a gay man hopes for community support against the criminal law.
LGBT rights activists participate in candle march protest in New Delhi. A Supreme Court ruling in 2013 reversed a 2009 judgment of the Delhi high court that said that Section 377 was unconstitutional as it criminalized consenting same-sex desiring adults.(HT File Photo)
LGBT rights activists participate in candle march protest in New Delhi. A Supreme Court ruling in 2013 reversed a 2009 judgment of the Delhi high court that said that Section 377 was unconstitutional as it criminalized consenting same-sex desiring adults.(HT File Photo)

Supreme Court to begin hearing pleas challenging gay sex law today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhamini Ratnam
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2018 08:10 AM IST
A five-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear a clutch of petitions by 35 individuals challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code on Tuesday.
A supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community takes part in a pride parade in Chennai.(AFP File Photo)
A supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community takes part in a pride parade in Chennai.(AFP File Photo)

Reconstituted Supreme Court bench to hear Section 377 case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 06, 2018 11:19 PM IST
The new members on the bench are Justice Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra, who was recently elevated to the Supreme Court, replacing Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan.
Dr Ajit Bhide, IPS president, in a video uploaded on social media, said most respectable psychiatric societies have removed homosexuality from the nomenclature of mental illness.(HT File Photo)
Dr Ajit Bhide, IPS president, in a video uploaded on social media, said most respectable psychiatric societies have removed homosexuality from the nomenclature of mental illness.(HT File Photo)

Stop treating homosexuality as an illness, says Indian Psychiatric Society

Hindustan Times | By Aayushi Pratap, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2018 11:50 AM IST
In 2016, IPS had set up a group to deal with issues faced by members from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community.
The legal battle against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises any form of sexual intercourse that is non-penile vaginal, irrespective of whether it is consensual or not, is nearly two decades old.(Reuters File Photo)
The legal battle against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises any form of sexual intercourse that is non-penile vaginal, irrespective of whether it is consensual or not, is nearly two decades old.(Reuters File Photo)

Stop considering homosexuality as an illness: Psychiatric society to members

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Aayushi Pratap
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2018 12:07 AM IST
Doctors and LGBTQ activists have welcomed the Indian Psychiatric Society’s statement and are hopeful that it will prevent doctors from practising ‘conversion therapies’.
The walking tour through the capital’s same-sex landmarks is the inaugural event of Athens Pride 2018.(Shutterstock)
The walking tour through the capital’s same-sex landmarks is the inaugural event of Athens Pride 2018.(Shutterstock)

Athens Pride celebrates same-sex history of the Greek capital

Agence France-Presse | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 12:31 PM IST
Athens Pride 2018 is a week-long celebration of the Greek city’s same-sex history and will feature bike rides, street parties, parades and awareness seminars.
File photo of members and supporters of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) community during Delhi’s 10th queer pride march in New Delhi on November 12, 2017.(HT file photo)
File photo of members and supporters of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) community during Delhi’s 10th queer pride march in New Delhi on November 12, 2017.(HT file photo)

SC issues notice to Centre on plea against criminalisation of homosexuality

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2018 02:43 PM IST
The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the Centre to file the response within a week on the plea.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in New Zealand in 1986, but men who were convicted before then still had the offence listed on their official records.(Representative image)
Homosexuality was decriminalised in New Zealand in 1986, but men who were convicted before then still had the offence listed on their official records.(Representative image)

New Zealand passes law to quash historic gay convictions

Agence France-Presse, Wellington | By Agence France-Presse, Wellington
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 12:36 PM IST
Lawmakers unanimously passed a bill late Tuesday allowing those convicted of consensual homosexual sex to have their records expunged.
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