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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)

Study: Pandemic eats into LGBTQ representation on network TV

AP, New York
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:54 PM IST
LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television has retreated slightly this season due to delays and shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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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)

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

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 05:42 PM IST
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
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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.

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

By Compiled by Shreya Mukherjee | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 01:21 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 05:29 PM IST
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
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Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Violation of free speech? Florida bans on conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ children voided by US appeals court

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Florida
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 10:00 AM IST
A divided federal appeals court on Friday declared unconstitutional two south Florida laws that banned therapists from offering conversion therapy to children struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. Conversion therapy aims to change people’s sexual orientations or gender identities.
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Lee Hsien Loong welcomes LGBTQ people in Singapore Tech Forum(Twitter/young_out_here)
Lee Hsien Loong welcomes LGBTQ people in Singapore Tech Forum(Twitter/young_out_here)

Lee Hsien Loong welcomes LGBTQ people in Singapore Tech Forum, calls them ‘valued members of society’

By Bloomberg | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 05:38 PM IST
Contrary to his government’s resistance, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at Tech Forum that LGBTQ people were welcome in the country as they are ‘valued members of society’
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The petition referred to the 2018 Supreme Court order that read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised homosexuality.(REUTERS File)
The petition referred to the 2018 Supreme Court order that read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised homosexuality.(REUTERS File)

Delhi HC asks Centre to respond to plea seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages

By Richa Banka | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 01:26 PM IST
Four members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community filed the plea in September saying there is nothing in the Hindu Marriage Act that mandated that a marriage can take place only between a Hindu man and a Hindu woman
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Hungary government proposes gay adoption ban as Covid-19 worsens(Twitter/GaysWithKids)
Hungary government proposes gay adoption ban as Covid-19 worsens(Twitter/GaysWithKids)

Hungary government drafts gay adoption ban, calls for children to be raised with a Christian interpretation of gender roles

By Reuters | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Budapest
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:09 AM IST
While protests take a backseat amid Covid-19, Hungary government drafts bill to ban adoption by same-sex couples and proposes a constitutional amendment requiring children to be raised with a Christian interpretation of gender roles
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New Yorkers Torres, Jones become first gay Black men elected to US Congress(Twitter/mondokoosh)
New Yorkers Torres, Jones become first gay Black men elected to US Congress(Twitter/mondokoosh)

LGBT+ rights: New York City’s Ritchie Torres-Mondaire Jones become first gay Black men elected to US Congress

By Reuters | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | New York
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:52 AM IST
‘LGBTQ people of colour will have a seat at one of the most powerful tables, the United States Congress’: Ritchie Torres on being elected as US Congress’ first gay Black man, along with New York’s Mondaire Jones
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Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Sexual, gender minorities much likelier to be victims of crime. Here’s why

By Associated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Phoenix
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 09:17 PM IST
The first study of its kind found that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or gender non-conforming are nearly four times as likely to be victims of violent crime than those outside such communities.
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Transgender sex worker Alice Larubia smokes a cigarette as she waits for customers in Niteroi, Brazil, Saturday, June 27, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. After a month quarantining at home with some financial support from family, Larubia resumed work in Niteroi, a city across the bay from Rio. “Necessity spoke louder (than the pandemic) and I had to come back to the street,” Larubia said while waiting for clients with a small group of colleagues.(AP)
Transgender sex worker Alice Larubia smokes a cigarette as she waits for customers in Niteroi, Brazil, Saturday, June 27, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. After a month quarantining at home with some financial support from family, Larubia resumed work in Niteroi, a city across the bay from Rio. “Necessity spoke louder (than the pandemic) and I had to come back to the street,” Larubia said while waiting for clients with a small group of colleagues.(AP)

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from coronavirus in Copacabana’s Casa Nem building

By Associated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Rio De Janeiro
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 10:54 AM IST
The six-floor building is home to about 50 LGBTQ people riding out the pandemic behind closed doors. Self-imposed lockdown is one of few ways this traditionally marginalized group has found to minimize COVID-19 risks, while others remain vulnerable on the streets.
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Even with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 15, workplaces will be far from equal for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.(Unsplash)
Even with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 15, workplaces will be far from equal for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.(Unsplash)

Even with US Supreme Court ruling, the workplace might still be unequal for LGBTQ workers

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Saumya Sharma | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 10:15 AM IST
In a 6-3 decision, the court had ruled Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying that federal law prohibited discrimination based on sex as well as race, colour, national origin and religion, also applies to gay and trans people.
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File photo of supporters of LGBTQ rights holding placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.(AP File)
File photo of supporters of LGBTQ rights holding placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.(AP File)

US Supreme Court extends workplace protection to LGBTQ community

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 12:31 AM IST
It was a 6-3 decision by the US Supreme Court with Trump appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch writing the majority opinion.
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The ruling comes as a major win for LGBTQ workers and their allies, many of whom have experienced discrimination at work or even been fired for being LGBT+, the ruling represents a watershed moment in gay rights. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
The ruling comes as a major win for LGBTQ workers and their allies, many of whom have experienced discrimination at work or even been fired for being LGBT+, the ruling represents a watershed moment in gay rights. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

US Supreme Court rules gay and lesbian people can sue for workplace bias

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Saumya Sharma | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 08:47 PM IST
The US Supreme Court rules gay and lesbian people can sue for workplace bias under landmark civil rights law.
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Tata Steel on Monday said it has introduced a new human resource policy that enables its employees from the LGBTQ+ community to declare their partners and avail all HR benefits permissible under the law.(HT Photo)
Tata Steel on Monday said it has introduced a new human resource policy that enables its employees from the LGBTQ+ community to declare their partners and avail all HR benefits permissible under the law.(HT Photo)

Tata Steel asks LGBTQ+ employees to declare partners, avail HR benefits

By Debashish Sarkar | Hindusatan Times, Jamshedpur
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 08:48 AM IST
With its vision to provide equal opportunity to the employees, it has been an endeavour of the company to create an enabling workforce for all diverse groups, respecting and embracing the differences in the individuals, the steel maker said in a statement.
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Brunch bookmarks: How to become gender sensitive

By Arpita Das | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2019 10:20 PM IST
These five books will help understand the scope of genders and their intersections
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The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network announced Monday that Riverdale will be honoured with its Gamechanger Award.(Instagram / Riverdale)
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network announced Monday that Riverdale will be honoured with its Gamechanger Award.(Instagram / Riverdale)

Riverdale to receive award from gay rights education group for ‘groundbreaking storytelling about LGBTQ relationships

By Associated Press | Los Angeles
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 03:27 PM IST
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network announced Monday that Riverdale will be honoured with its Gamechanger Award.
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To say that a touch of the unfettered spirit of a Queer Festival could do the world a lot of good, will sound simplistic(Photo imaging: Sunil Kumar Mallik)
To say that a touch of the unfettered spirit of a Queer Festival could do the world a lot of good, will sound simplistic(Photo imaging: Sunil Kumar Mallik)

Lessons from a Queer Festival: Tanuja Chandra on why it may be more fun to be gay!

By Tanuja Chandra | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2019 11:35 PM IST
Parts of culture that harden into ‘the establishment’ and become a long accepted code to live by, are also somewhat dead
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1 in 3 LGBTQ Indians finding love through dating apps: Survey(Representative Photo/Hindustan Times/File Photo)
1 in 3 LGBTQ Indians finding love through dating apps: Survey(Representative Photo/Hindustan Times/File Photo)

1 in 3 LGBTQ Indians finding love through dating apps: Survey

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 12:37 PM IST
The research showed that though the LGBTQ community is in pursuit of love, they are battling the problem of loving, marrying or parenting a child with the person they love.
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Members of the LGBTQ community participate in a pride parade in Mumbai, Saturday, Feb 2, 2019.(AP file photo)
Members of the LGBTQ community participate in a pride parade in Mumbai, Saturday, Feb 2, 2019.(AP file photo)

‘LGBTQ community devoid of key rights’, reveals report

By Dhamini Ratnam | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 08:47 AM IST
The report, titled ‘Living With Dignity: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity-based Human Rights Violations in Housing, Work, and Public Spaces in India’, aims to assess the extent to which the government has been able to protect the human rights of LGBTQ persons, as well as offer policy recommendations to secure their rights.
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It’s important to teach girls to be their full selves and not to just make themselves likeable(Shutterstock)
It’s important to teach girls to be their full selves and not to just make themselves likeable(Shutterstock)

Women’s Day for feminists: Here’s to women owning their days and nights

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2019 09:36 PM IST
It’s liberating to drop the mask of being shiny, happy people at all times
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The vocabulary of sexual orientations is expanding to suit individual emotions and desires that are beyond not just the heterosexual majority, but also that of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer(LGBTQ) community.
The vocabulary of sexual orientations is expanding to suit individual emotions and desires that are beyond not just the heterosexual majority, but also that of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer(LGBTQ) community.

New, and expanding, hues of the rainbow

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 06:14 PM IST
If you thought not all desires could be put in words, think again. The vocabulary of sexual orientations is growing and everyone ‘fits in’. Well, almost
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The staff of Lalit Group of Hotels in Mumbai wear badges showing their support for the LGBTQ community.(Satish Bate/HT File)
The staff of Lalit Group of Hotels in Mumbai wear badges showing their support for the LGBTQ community.(Satish Bate/HT File)

Corporates come out with LGBTQ-friendly policies post SC verdict on section 377

By Yesha Kotak | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2018 12:58 PM IST
According to a World Bank report of 2016, India losses nearly $32 billion, or 1.7% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to homophobia, which many companies seem to realise.
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LGBT community members take part in Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
LGBT community members take part in Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

Devout and gay: Faith vs sexuality

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 01:14 PM IST
Members of the LGBTQ community face the challenge of reconciling sexual desire with practising their faith in the face of social, religious censure,
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Contempt is themed around the Supreme Court’s proceedings around Section 377 in 2012
Contempt is themed around the Supreme Court’s proceedings around Section 377 in 2012

#GayStories A play that protests Section 377, and a mother’s candid confessions when her son “came out”

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 12:00 PM IST
Both stories reflect how India is moving from tolerance to acceptance to pride
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LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court criminalising Section 377 at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, in December 2013.(Waseem Gashroo/HT File Photo)
LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court criminalising Section 377 at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, in December 2013.(Waseem Gashroo/HT File Photo)

Decriminalising gay sex will do away with social stigma against LGBTQ: Supreme Court

By Bhadra Sinha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 10:44 PM IST
The Supreme Court noted that the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community faced stigma because of the criminality attached to consensual same-sex relationship under Section 377 of the IPC.
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While the Supreme Court hears petitions challenging Section 377 – a law that criminalises consensual gay sex, the government said it has left it to the apex court to decide if the law is constitutionally valid.(AFP)
While the Supreme Court hears petitions challenging Section 377 – a law that criminalises consensual gay sex, the government said it has left it to the apex court to decide if the law is constitutionally valid.(AFP)

‘Section 377 validates violence against LGBTQ community’

By Rituparna Borah
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 10:04 AM IST
Violence against queer women is a silent, often deadly effect of Section 377
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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

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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Hospitality staff will get sensitivity training(HT Photo)
Hospitality staff will get sensitivity training(HT Photo)

All inclusive: Hotels, restaurants pledge to be LGBTQIA friendly

By Yesha Kotak | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2018 12:01 AM IST
The pledge comes three months after a Pune-based transgender individual was allegedly barred from entering a mall in Pune
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