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MHA seeks separate jail wards for transpersons

Jail wardens and state governments have been advised to ensure adequate preservation of the right to privacy and dignity in regard to separate toilets and shower facilities
There are currently 70 transgender prisoners lodged in jails in India, National Crime Records Bureau data show.
There are currently 70 transgender prisoners lodged in jails in India, National Crime Records Bureau data show.
Published on Jan 11, 2022 11:03 PM IST
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Training material on LGBTQIA+ pulled for review: NCERT to HC

The Union ministry of social justice and empowerment also informed the court that they are “actively working” towards setting up at least one Garima Greh in every state and union territory for destitute transgender persons.
In the previous hearing held on December 6, the judge said that NCERT rightly posted material on its website to sensitise teachers but “in a very shocking development”, it was taken down within hours of its publication due to pressure from some quarters. (File/Representative use)
In the previous hearing held on December 6, the judge said that NCERT rightly posted material on its website to sensitise teachers but “in a very shocking development”, it was taken down within hours of its publication due to pressure from some quarters. (File/Representative use)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 12:06 AM IST
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Swiss to permit simple legal gender transition from Jan. 1

Switzerland citizens will be able to legally change their gender from 2022, placing the country at forefront of Europe's gender self-identification initiative. 
Under the new rules written into Switzerland's civil code, anyone aged 16 and above who is not under legal guardianship will be able to adjust their gender and legal name by self-declaration at the civil registry office.(AP)
Under the new rules written into Switzerland's civil code, anyone aged 16 and above who is not under legal guardianship will be able to adjust their gender and legal name by self-declaration at the civil registry office.(AP)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 08:21 PM IST
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Ayushmann reveals how his dad helped a trans man

  • Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui star Ayushmann Khurrana talks about the lack of awareness for the trans community in the country and how he first came to know about their struggles at 13.
Ayushmann Khurrana talks about his first exposure to the trans community back when he was 13.
Ayushmann Khurrana talks about his first exposure to the trans community back when he was 13.
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 02:05 PM IST
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Chile President signs historic law to legalize same-sex marriage

  • The law is a milestone for the conservative South American nation after a decade-long battle as the country is delicately poised ahead of a crossroads election this month.
Chile has long had a conservative reputation even among its strongly Roman Catholic peers in Latin America.(Unsplash)
Chile has long had a conservative reputation even among its strongly Roman Catholic peers in Latin America.(Unsplash)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 12:01 AM IST
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Kid comes out as trans via letter, his mom tweets funny and wholesome response

Crow came out to his mom as trans, through a sweet and fun little letter. His mom, Cherie Garcia's reaction to the artistic coming out letter made many on Twitter laugh out loud.
The letter that the kid, Crow, made for his mom to come out as trans. (twitter/@CherieAmours)
The letter that the kid, Crow, made for his mom to come out as trans. (twitter/@CherieAmours)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 05:16 PM IST
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BySohini Sengupta

Who is Saurabh Kirpal, advocate who may become India's first openly gay judge?

  • First from the LGBTQ community, Kirpal's name has been turned down for elevation to Delhi high court judge for the past four years.
Saurabh Kirpal has been recommended for the elevation as a Delhi high court judge.(Courtesy Hachette)
Saurabh Kirpal has been recommended for the elevation as a Delhi high court judge.(Courtesy Hachette)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 09:49 PM IST
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Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Kareena says she will ensure she talks about the LGBTQ community with sons

Kareena Kapoor has spoken about raising her sons in a way that they don't differentiate between people. The actor made the statement while talking about the LGBTQ community. 
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan with their sons Taimur and Jeh. (Varinder Chawla)
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan with their sons Taimur and Jeh. (Varinder Chawla)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 01:57 PM IST
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In Pics: Pride Parades brings thousands of people on the streets to celebrate

Marchers, who chanted slogans such as 10
Marchers, who chanted slogans such as "Gay rights are human rights!," made their way in a joyful atmosphere from Pantin which is on the outskirts of Paris to Place de la Republique on the city's Right Bank, amid rainbow flags and colourful placards.
Updated on Jun 27, 2021 04:11 PM IST
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Lucknow students Pride Business Conclave gives LGBTQ+ community a platform

The Social Legal economic Consortium, a student-led consultancy firm, held Pride Business Conclave on Monday to help the members LGBTQ+ community to present their business to a wider audience.
Lucknow students Pride Business Conclave gives LGBTQ+ community a platform(PTI Photo)
Lucknow students Pride Business Conclave gives LGBTQ+ community a platform(PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 22, 2021 10:16 AM IST
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LGBTQ activists in Japan plan Tokyo Olympics as 'turning point' for gay rights

The renewed push for long-term changes in favour of the protection of gay rights in Japan comes amid the backdrop of the country's parliament mulling over an anti-discrimination bill and growing support among the younger population for LGBTQ-friendly laws.
Dozens of LGBTQ activists and supporters of equal rights laws gather at the Shibuya district on Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Tokyo. Dozens of sexual minority activists and supporters rallied for equal rights outside the main Tokyo station Sunday in an effort to gain public support to get their long-sought equality law enacted before the Olympics amid thinning hope because of the conservative governing party's resistance. (AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi)
Dozens of LGBTQ activists and supporters of equal rights laws gather at the Shibuya district on Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Tokyo. Dozens of sexual minority activists and supporters rallied for equal rights outside the main Tokyo station Sunday in an effort to gain public support to get their long-sought equality law enacted before the Olympics amid thinning hope because of the conservative governing party's resistance. (AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi)
Published on Jun 09, 2021 04:02 PM IST
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His 73-year-old neighbour came out, he did this to celebrate. Watch

“This is so awesome,” wrote an Instagram user while reacting to the video.
The video has prompted people to share love-filled comments.(Screengrab)
The video has prompted people to share love-filled comments.(Screengrab)
Published on Jun 02, 2021 08:32 AM IST
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ByTrisha Sengupta

US President Biden says 14% of his 1,500 agency appointees identify as LGBTQ

Among members of the Joe Biden administration, transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg is the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the Cabinet. Also, assistant health secretary Rachel Levine is the first openly transgender person confirmed by the Senate.
File Photo of an LGBTQ community march in New York City (PTI)
File Photo of an LGBTQ community march in New York City (PTI)
Published on Jun 01, 2021 09:53 PM IST
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Demi Lovato's debut podcast to explore art, LGBTQ rights, nature, mental health

Demi Lovato's debut podcast, '4D with Demi Lovato', is scheduled to release on May 19 and will explore topics of importance to her on the weekly podcast including mental health, activism, LGBTQ rights, justice, body positivity, art and the environment.
Demi Lovato's debut podcast to explore art, LGBTQ rights, nature, mental health(Twitter/artstartingover/ddlovato)
Demi Lovato's debut podcast to explore art, LGBTQ rights, nature, mental health(Twitter/artstartingover/ddlovato)
Updated on May 13, 2021 01:35 PM IST
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Apurva Asrani announces separation from Siddhant after 14 years

  • Apurva Asrani has announced his separation from partner of 14 years, Siddhant. He took to social media to make the announcement.
Apurva Asrani poses with partner Siddhant.
Apurva Asrani poses with partner Siddhant.
Published on Apr 03, 2021 02:46 PM IST
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'Tragic': LGBTQ Catholics in US react to Vatican's rebuff of same-sex unions

  • LGBTQ Catholics in the United States stung by Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin, contrast the Roman Catholic Church’s stern rhetoric against same-sex marriage with the many documented cases of Catholic leaders covering up child sex abuse committed by clergy
'Tragic': LGBTQ Catholics in US react to Vatican's rebuff of same-sex unions(Photo by Kristel Hayes on Unsplash)
'Tragic': LGBTQ Catholics in US react to Vatican's rebuff of same-sex unions(Photo by Kristel Hayes on Unsplash)
Updated on Mar 16, 2021 10:08 AM IST
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European parliament to debate on declaring 27 member bloc an LGBT 'freedom zone'

The resolution comes largely in reaction to developments over the past two years in Poland, where many local communities have adopted largely symbolic resolutions declaring themselves to be free of what Polish conservative authorities have been calling “LGBT ideology.”
The resolution says the fundamental rights of LGBT people have been “severely hindered” recently in Hungary due to a de facto ban on legal gender recognition for trans and intersex people. It cites problems in Latvia, and notes that only two member states Malta and Germany have banned “conversion therapy,” a controversial and potentially harmful attempt to change a person's sexual orientation.(REUTERS)
The resolution says the fundamental rights of LGBT people have been “severely hindered” recently in Hungary due to a de facto ban on legal gender recognition for trans and intersex people. It cites problems in Latvia, and notes that only two member states Malta and Germany have banned “conversion therapy,” a controversial and potentially harmful attempt to change a person's sexual orientation.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 10, 2021 05:56 PM IST
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Star and Disney India introduces new group for women and LGBTQ employees

In an effort to foster an equal, inclusive and bias-free workplace and steps up diversity and inclusion efforts, Star and Disney India have introduced a new diversity resource group for women and LGBTQ employees
Star and Disney India introduces new group for women and LGBTQ employees(Twitter/DisneyStudiosIN/DisneyIndia)
Star and Disney India introduces new group for women and LGBTQ employees(Twitter/DisneyStudiosIN/DisneyIndia)
Updated on Mar 09, 2021 10:19 AM IST
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Gender identity bill divides Spain's feminists, left-wing

A new law proposed by the far-left party in Spain’s coalition government would make it easier for residents to change genders for official purposes.
Changing her legal identity at a civil registry office in Barcelona will allow Martínez to update her passport and driver's license and to carry a health card that correctly states she is a woman.(AP)
Changing her legal identity at a civil registry office in Barcelona will allow Martínez to update her passport and driver's license and to carry a health card that correctly states she is a woman.(AP)
Published on Feb 13, 2021 02:56 PM IST
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Russian LGBTQ audience welcomes queer online romantic series amid gay ban

  • Russian film director Andrei Fenochka's online series, Here I Come, about queer young people has been welcomed by the audience as a romantic story that mixes 'mystics, dreams and everyday life'
Russian LGBTQ audience welcomes queer online romantic series amid gay ban(Photo by Jana Sabeth on Unsplash)
Russian LGBTQ audience welcomes queer online romantic series amid gay ban(Photo by Jana Sabeth on Unsplash)
Updated on Feb 10, 2021 08:41 AM IST
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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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Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein cancel grant to Polish 'LGBT-free zone'

Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein cancelled a major grant to Poland's Carpathian Mountains after the region passed a resolution against "LGBT ideology".
The grant was withdrawn in September, but the decision only came to light on Tuesday when a Polish LGBT activist published on his website three letters exchanged between Norwegian and Polish officials.(Unsplash)
The grant was withdrawn in September, but the decision only came to light on Tuesday when a Polish LGBT activist published on his website three letters exchanged between Norwegian and Polish officials.(Unsplash)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 01:44 PM IST
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Reuters | , London

She came out to her dad, post on his reaction has sparked funnily cute thread

The small tweet which is both cute and witty has now sparked a thread filled with similar tales.
The post has gathered more than 9 lakh and the numbers are quickly increasing. (representational image)(Pexels)
The post has gathered more than 9 lakh and the numbers are quickly increasing. (representational image)(Pexels)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 08:47 AM IST
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ByTrisha Sengupta

Brazilian lawmaker proposes quota for trans employees in big firms

A Brazilian lawmaker announced a bill on Friday that would require big companies to reserve 3% of their jobs for transgender employees, a step he said would help trans people escape poverty and marginalisation.
A Brazilian lawmaker announced a bill on Friday that would require big companies to reserve 3% of their jobs for transgender employees, a step he said would help trans people escape poverty and marginalisation.(Unsplash)
A Brazilian lawmaker announced a bill on Friday that would require big companies to reserve 3% of their jobs for transgender employees, a step he said would help trans people escape poverty and marginalisation.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 30, 2021 01:23 PM IST
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Mike Mosallam's Hollywood romcom 'Breaking Fast' busts myths around gay Muslims

Hollywood writer and director Mike Mosallam wants to bust stereotypes that 'you can't be gay and Muslim' with his romantic comedy 'Breaking Fast', was originally released as a short in 2015 and warmly received at the Cannes Film Festival
Mike Mosallam's Hollywood romcom 'Breaking Fast' busts myths around gay Muslims(Twitter/firstshowing)
Mike Mosallam's Hollywood romcom 'Breaking Fast' busts myths around gay Muslims(Twitter/firstshowing)
Updated on Jan 29, 2021 10:06 AM IST
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New York City opens billions in contracts to LGBT+ business

New York City has opened $25 billion worth of contracts to bids from LGBT+-owned businesses as part of a pledge to widen access to a raft of benefits already offered to other minorities, from women to Black entrepreneurs.
New York City has opened $25 billion worth of contracts to bids from LGBT+-owned businesses as part of a pledge to widen access to a raft of benefits already offered to other minorities, from women to Black entrepreneurs.(Yahoo)
New York City has opened $25 billion worth of contracts to bids from LGBT+-owned businesses as part of a pledge to widen access to a raft of benefits already offered to other minorities, from women to Black entrepreneurs.(Yahoo)
Updated on Jan 21, 2021 04:07 PM IST
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Study: Pandemic eats into LGBTQ representation on network TV

LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television has retreated slightly this season due to delays and shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on streaming as well as prime-time broadcast TV and cable during the 2020-21 season fell.(Unsplash)
The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on streaming as well as prime-time broadcast TV and cable during the 2020-21 season fell.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 15, 2021 02:54 PM IST
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AP | , New York

Fashion designer Shaine Soni shares her journey from Delhi studio to bring crowned Miss Trans Queen India 2020

From making clothes for her Barbie dolls to having her own label, Nude and recently winning the Miss Trans Queen India 2020 pageant, Shaine Soni spills the beans on her journey and about the fashion world bringing her comfort and acceptance
Shaine Soni on rising from Delhi studio to Miss Trans Queen India 2020(Instagram/reenarai_mtqi)
Shaine Soni on rising from Delhi studio to Miss Trans Queen India 2020(Instagram/reenarai_mtqi)
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 05:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Zarafshan Shiraz

And they came out: Hollywood stars open up about identifying with LGBTQ+

Hollywood celebrities Lili Reinhart, Jameela Jamil, DJ Qualls, Rick Cosnett, Rosario Dawson, Rebecca Black, Tinashe and Ben Aldridge, among others, revealed their sexuality this year and also voiced support towards LGBTQ community.
Actors Jameela Jamil, Rick Cosnett and Elliot Page are among those Hollywood stars who revealed they identify as LGBTQ.
Actors Jameela Jamil, Rick Cosnett and Elliot Page are among those Hollywood stars who revealed they identify as LGBTQ.
Published on Dec 11, 2020 01:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByCompiled by Shreya Mukherjee, New Delhi

Positive news alert: Karnataka’s first trans-woman doctor, Trinetra, shares her inspiring journey

From self harming to channelising all her energy towards studies, Karnataka’s first trans-woman surgeon, Dr Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju’s inspiring journey teaches a lesson on self worth, empathy and awareness and that is all the positive vibe we need to take us through the rest of the week
Karnataka’s first trans-woman doctor, Trinetra, shares her inspiring journey(Instagram/officialhumansofbombay/ind0ctrination)
Karnataka’s first trans-woman doctor, Trinetra, shares her inspiring journey(Instagram/officialhumansofbombay/ind0ctrination)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 05:29 PM IST
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