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As WeChat blocks LGBT accounts, users slam anti-homosexuality crackdown in China

In 1997, China decriminalised homecuality, but not until 2001, the government classified it as a "mental disorder."
The members of several LGBT groups lost access to their accounts late Tuesday.(AP)
The members of several LGBT groups lost access to their accounts late Tuesday.(AP)
Updated on Jul 08, 2021 11:13 AM IST
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Delhi HC to hear petitions seeking legal recognition of same-sex couples

In the pleas, petitioners have also pointed out that denying the LGBT community the option to marry is discriminatory and creates them a second class of citizens
The petitioners are seeking recognition under the Hindu Marriage Act, the Special Marriage Act and the Foreign Marriage Act.(PTI Photo)
The petitioners are seeking recognition under the Hindu Marriage Act, the Special Marriage Act and the Foreign Marriage Act.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2021 07:57 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Russian feminist activist on 'Kafkaesque' trial on pornography charges

  • Yulia Tsvetkova, 27, from the far-eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, faces up to six years in prison on charges reportedly related to her group on the popular social network VKontakte
Yulia Tsvetkova ran a children’s theatre and was a vocal advocate of feminism and LGBT rights (AP Photo/Alexander Permyakov)(AP)
Yulia Tsvetkova ran a children’s theatre and was a vocal advocate of feminism and LGBT rights (AP Photo/Alexander Permyakov)(AP)
Published on Apr 12, 2021 02:31 PM IST
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Gujarat transwoman painter fears for her life, alleges abuse for refusing to beg

  • The incident came to light on Thursday after the alleged assailants made a video of the incident and spread it across certain social media groups.
Image for representation.(file photo)
Image for representation.(file photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2021 12:42 PM IST
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By Darshan Desai, Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad

UK's MI6 apologises for past treatment of LGBT spies based on 'misguided' views

  • Gay people were barred from working in Britain’s intelligence services on security grounds, because of the view that they were more susceptible to blackmail than straight people.
The commission called on all 27 EU nations to adopt an equality strategy, saying that even in countries with a wide acceptance and support for equal rights, “it has not always translated into clear improvements in LGBTIQ people’s lives.”(REUTERS)
The commission called on all 27 EU nations to adopt an equality strategy, saying that even in countries with a wide acceptance and support for equal rights, “it has not always translated into clear improvements in LGBTIQ people’s lives.”(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 08:10 PM IST
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Home guard dismissed for showing affection to LGBT partner reinstated by court

  • The court said the dismissal was in violation of the Navtej Singh Johar ruling of the Supreme Court.
Allahabad High Court called the dismissal order a 'vindictive in nature'(ANI Photo)
Allahabad High Court called the dismissal order a 'vindictive in nature'(ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2021 10:34 AM IST
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By JItendra Sarin | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Prayagraj

Biden calls for expanded efforts to protect LGBTQ rights globally

While a presidential memorandum is largely symbolic, Biden campaigned on a pledge to pass LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act in the first 100 days of his administration.
LGBTQ activists and supporters block the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears arguments in a major LGBT rights case on whether a federal anti-discrimination law that prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex covers gay and transgender employees in Washington, U.S. October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo(REUTERS)
LGBTQ activists and supporters block the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears arguments in a major LGBT rights case on whether a federal anti-discrimination law that prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex covers gay and transgender employees in Washington, U.S. October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 05, 2021 09:57 AM IST
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HC gives Centre last chance for replying to pleas to recognise same-sex marriage

The Delhi High Court Friday granted a last opportunity to the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to three separate pleas, including by two couples, seeking that same-sex marriage be recognised by law.
The Delhi High Court Friday granted a last opportunity to the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to three separate pleas, including by two couples, seeking that same-sex marriage be recognised by law.(PTI)
The Delhi High Court Friday granted a last opportunity to the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to three separate pleas, including by two couples, seeking that same-sex marriage be recognised by law.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 09, 2021 04:30 PM IST
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Rights groups condemn Hungarian ban on same-sex adoptions

Human rights groups on Wednesday condemned a new Hungarian law that effectively bans adoption for same-sex couples and applies a strict Christian conservative viewpoint to the legal definition of a family.
The amendment, passed by Hungary’s right-wing ruling coalition in parliament on Tuesday, alters the constitutional definition of families to exclude transgender and other LGBT individuals.(Unsplash)
The amendment, passed by Hungary’s right-wing ruling coalition in parliament on Tuesday, alters the constitutional definition of families to exclude transgender and other LGBT individuals.(Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 17, 2020 08:02 PM IST
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Budapest, Hungary | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Under fire over LGBT rights, Polish leader blames activist

With Poland under mounting international criticism for its treatment of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused Staszewski of carrying out a “hoax” that has led some to believe that Poland has a human rights problem.
“I am just a normal Pole who just wants a good life with my partner and to be able to marry him one day, where is the ideology?”(Unsplash)
“I am just a normal Pole who just wants a good life with my partner and to be able to marry him one day, where is the ideology?”(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 05, 2020 08:57 PM IST
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Warsaw, Poland | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers protected by law

The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers.
Joseph Fons holding a Pride Flag, stands in front of the US Supreme Court building after the court ruled that a federal law banning workplace discrimination also covers sexual orientation, in Washington, DC.(REUTERS)
Joseph Fons holding a Pride Flag, stands in front of the US Supreme Court building after the court ruled that a federal law banning workplace discrimination also covers sexual orientation, in Washington, DC.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 15, 2020 11:00 PM IST
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Washington | By Associated Press

Fighting for LGBT rights in Myanmar with a ‘pink pinky’

LGBT activists in Myanmar campaigning to decriminalise same-sex relations are urging thousands of people to paint their little finger pink as they try to highlight the issue ahead of elections later this year.
Although space is opening up for the LGBT community in the conservative country, same-sex relations are still illegal, a legacy of former colonial power Britain.(Unsplash)
Although space is opening up for the LGBT community in the conservative country, same-sex relations are still illegal, a legacy of former colonial power Britain.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 23, 2020 01:23 PM IST
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Yangon | By Agence France-Presse

Conservative Polish magazine issues ‘LGBT-free zone’ stickers

The campaign includes stickers with a black “x” through a rainbow flag and was announced last week by Gazeta Polska.
Diplomats and opposition politicians in Poland have criticised the Gazeta Polska’s campaign.(Unsplash)
Diplomats and opposition politicians in Poland have criticised the Gazeta Polska’s campaign.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 24, 2019 05:23 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Will push for separate cell for LGBT’

Harish Iyer, an LGBT activist, who recently joined the Congress, said the government can’t work in isolation to solve the issues that concern the community.
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 08:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, MUMBAI | By Aroosa Ahmed

‘Dedicated LGBT cell need of the hour’: Priya Dutt

Extending support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Priya Dutt, the Congress candidate from Mumbai North Central constituency, on Sunday said she would push for formation of a dedicated cell in the party for the community.
Priya Dutt(HT file photo)
Priya Dutt(HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 11:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Aroosa Ahmed

My first vote: ‘Parties don’t care about LGBT people’

A breakfast changed Mohammad Unais’s life. The son of an influential imam (Muslim religious leader) in a south Kerala town, Unais had not planned to speak about homosexuality at the family table.
Mohammad Unais(HIndustan Times photo)
Mohammad Unais(HIndustan Times photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2019 09:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti

What’s next: Supreme Court says decriminalising gay sex is the first step

After the historic ruling on Section 377, the challenges that lies ahead for LGBT members will be with respect to acceptance in jobs and in family gatherings.
LGBT community supporters celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)
LGBT community supporters celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2018 07:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ashok Bagriya

Section 377: The fight for LGBT rights has just begun

In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as ‘manifestly arbitrary’.
LGBTQ community people, with a rainbow flag, celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)
LGBTQ community people, with a rainbow flag, celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex, in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2018 01:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti

‘Today an error has been corrected’, writes senior SC lawyer on Section 377 verdict

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.
A gay rights activist outside the Supreme Court before the judgement on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, that criminalizes homosexuality, is delivered, in New Delhi on September 6, 2018.(AP)
A gay rights activist outside the Supreme Court before the judgement on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, that criminalizes homosexuality, is delivered, in New Delhi on September 6, 2018.(AP)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 02:47 PM IST
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By Sanjay Hedge

‘Pain and fear end today’: LGBT community welcomes top court order on Section 377

Supreme Court turning down part of Section 377 is historic, but fight for LGBT rights will continue, say activists.
An activist wears a badge protesting against Section 377 of the India Penal Code (IPC) in Mumbai on September 6, 2018.(AP)
An activist wears a badge protesting against Section 377 of the India Penal Code (IPC) in Mumbai on September 6, 2018.(AP)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 01:29 PM IST
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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Section 377 Verdict Live: RSS says homosexuality not a crime, but same-sex marriages against nature

The Supreme Court read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, decriminalising consensual gay sex on Thursday. In four separate but concurring verdicts, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India, ruled that the section failed to make a distinction between consensual and non-consensual acts. “Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates fundamental rights,” said Chief Justice Dipak Misra, as he read out the operative portion of the top court’s verdict that struck down Section 377 to the extent that it penalised consensual sexual relationship between two adults.Here are the live updates:

In four separate but concurring verdicts, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India, ruled that the section failed to make a distinction between consensual and non-consensual acts.(AFP)
In four separate but concurring verdicts, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India, ruled that the section failed to make a distinction between consensual and non-consensual acts.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 05:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha and Ashok Bagriya

Trepidation and hope for activists waiting on SC’s verdict on Section 377 that criminalises gay sex

Section 377 was read down by the Delhi HC in 2009, sparking effusive celebrations across the country but the Supreme Court overturned this verdict, and reinstated the law.
The movement against Section 377 began in the early 1990s after NGOs and health workers alleged the law was used against them and hampered work in preventing HIV/AIDS.(AFP File Photo)
The movement against Section 377 began in the early 1990s after NGOs and health workers alleged the law was used against them and hampered work in preventing HIV/AIDS.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 10:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti

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

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises homosexuality.
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)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 01:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti

Trepidation and hope for activists waiting on SC’s verdict on Article 377 that criminalises gay sex

Section 377 was read down by the Delhi HC in 2009, sparking effusive celebrations across the country but the Supreme Court overturned this verdict, and reinstated the law.
A gay rights activist holds up a placard against Section 377 as they take part in a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex, in Kolkata on December 15, 2013.(AFP Photo)
A gay rights activist holds up a placard against Section 377 as they take part in a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex, in Kolkata on December 15, 2013.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 09:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi

Supreme Court begins hearing pleas challenging Section 377, says will examine if it violates right to freedom

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Tuesday began hearing legal arguments against Section 377.
Section 377 of the penal code, bans gay acts and allows for jail terms of up to life, although prosecutions are rare.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Section 377 of the penal code, bans gay acts and allows for jail terms of up to life, although prosecutions are rare.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2018 12:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha

UK to ban conversion therapy as part of initiative to improve LGBT lives

Conversion therapy seeking to “cure” people of their homosexual inclinations is based on the idea that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is a mental condition that can be “reversed” with counselling and other measures. 
The announcement followed the results of Britain’s largest survey of LGBT people covering more than 108,000 respondents, which showed they experience prejudice on a daily basis.(Reuters File Photo)
The announcement followed the results of Britain’s largest survey of LGBT people covering more than 108,000 respondents, which showed they experience prejudice on a daily basis.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 02:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Prasun Sonwalkar, London

SC issues notice to Centre on plea by IITians challenging Section 377

The 20 IITians have claimed that criminalisation of sexual orientation has resulted in a “sense of shame, loss of self-esteem and stigma”.
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(AP FIle Photo)
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(AP FIle Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2018 07:15 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

SC notice to Centre on fresh pleas seeking to decriminalise gay sex

The Delhi High Court in 2009 had legalised homosexual acts among consenting adults holding that the 149-year-old law making it a criminal offence is violative of the fundamental rights and making it not punishable.
People participate in a parade supporting gay sex at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai on January 28, 2017.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
People participate in a parade supporting gay sex at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai on January 28, 2017.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2018 10:11 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

LGBTQ are the segment of society that has no rights: Keshav Suri

Keshav Suri says the discrimination brought about by Section 377 does not only threaten the dignity of LGBTQ people but also hurts the country economically.
Keshav Suri filed a petition in the Supreme Court last week against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises all forms of non-penile vaginal intercourse.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Keshav Suri filed a petition in the Supreme Court last week against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises all forms of non-penile vaginal intercourse.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 28, 2018 08:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhamini Ratnam

Two women hoodwink family, marry each other at mass marriage ceremony

One of the women registered as a man, while the other brought in fake parents, according to the committee that organised the mass marriage ceremony.
A same-sex union is a legal offence and social taboo in India where such relationships are often shrouded in secrecy and shame.(HT/Photo for representation)
A same-sex union is a legal offence and social taboo in India where such relationships are often shrouded in secrecy and shame.(HT/Photo for representation)
Published on Apr 23, 2018 04:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | By HT Correspondent
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