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France condemns death sentences issued for female gay rights activists by Iran

The two were convicted of "spreading corruption on earth" -- a charge frequently imposed on defendants deemed to have broken the country's sharia laws, the Hengaw Kurdish rights organisation said.

Amnesty International said it was
Amnesty International said it was "outraged" by the verdicts and expressed concern that their convictions and sentences were discriminatory in nature.(Representational image/AP)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 06:16 AM IST
AFP | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

On Madras HC advice, Tamil Nadu govt issues glossary for addressing LGBTQA

By doing so, an attempt is being made to address persons belonging to LGBTQIA community with more dignity and respect, said the additional advocate-general.

Justice N Ananth Venkatesh noted that all concerned, including the visual and the print media must take note of the notification and address the persons belonging to community by using only the notified terms wherever required.
Justice N Ananth Venkatesh noted that all concerned, including the visual and the print media must take note of the notification and address the persons belonging to community by using only the notified terms wherever required.
Published on Aug 23, 2022 08:10 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

In a first, affordable housing scheme for transgenders proposed in Maharashtra

“The beneficiaries will have to pay only 10 per cent of the flat price and the balance will be paid through the PMAY and state government” said an official of the state social welfare department.

Bindu Madhav Khire, director of a foundation working for the LGBTQ community warned that there is a possibility of fraud with fake transgender persons taking advantage of the scheme.(HT file)
Bindu Madhav Khire, director of a foundation working for the LGBTQ community warned that there is a possibility of fraud with fake transgender persons taking advantage of the scheme.(HT file)
Published on Aug 07, 2022 01:56 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

US House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage

The Respect for Marriage Act would force US states to recognize a valid marriage performed in another state, providing protection for not only same-sex unions but also interracial marriages.

The Respect for Marriage Act was approved in the Democratic-controlled chamber by a vote of 267 to 157, but its prospects are uncertain in the Senate. (AFP)
The Respect for Marriage Act was approved in the Democratic-controlled chamber by a vote of 267 to 157, but its prospects are uncertain in the Senate. (AFP)
Published on Jul 20, 2022 06:00 AM IST
AFP |

Khaled Hosseini shares emotional post after daughter comes out as transgender

Khaled Hosseini has taken to his Instagram page to share that his daughter, Haris, has come out to the world as transgender yesterday.

Haris, Khaled Hosseini's daughter who recently came out as transgender. (Instagram/@khosseini)
Haris, Khaled Hosseini's daughter who recently came out as transgender. (Instagram/@khosseini)
Published on Jul 13, 2022 02:41 PM IST
BySohini Sengupta

London LGBTQ Pride draws a million-strong crowd

The Pride parade in the UK capital marked half a century of progress in the fight for LGBTQ equal rights.

Organizers said more than 30,000 people took part in the Pride parade, watched on by a crowd of around a million(Henry Nicholls/REUTERS )
Organizers said more than 30,000 people took part in the Pride parade, watched on by a crowd of around a million(Henry Nicholls/REUTERS )
Published on Jul 03, 2022 12:13 PM IST

Pride Matters | Beyond Sec 377, the call for trans equality reaches a crescendo

As women's rights are under attack, the precariousness of constitutional rights is brought to the fore. Often forgotten in these conversations — despite two watershed moments guaranteeing the rights of the queer community — are the unmet demands of the trans community

Everyone needs to join the battle for trans rights, because the systemic changes required to put these basic rights in place would benefit everyone. (Shutterstock)
Everyone needs to join the battle for trans rights, because the systemic changes required to put these basic rights in place would benefit everyone. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 03:34 PM IST

Love, life, and social media: How couples are breaking stereotypes about LGBTQ+

Pride Month or not, these Instagram influencer couples - Honey Imm Home, Yogi and Kabeer, and Pawlyamorous - maintain the queer magic all year round. 

Queer couple influencers of Instagram: Yogi and Kabeer, Pawlyamorous and Honey Imm Home. (L-R) (Instagram)
Queer couple influencers of Instagram: Yogi and Kabeer, Pawlyamorous and Honey Imm Home. (L-R) (Instagram)
Published on Jun 28, 2022 03:40 PM IST
BySohini Sengupta

Pride Matters | Conquering the mental health woes of the queer community

In a world comfortable only with heteronormativity, being queer is often shamed. This can lead to mental health stressors unique to the community. As a mental health practitioner, I've found ways to conquer these feelings of shame to embrace inclusivity

LGBTQIA+ people often grow up feeling a sense of alienation, leading to self-hate, shame, or even disgust because they believe what the world tells them — that it is wrong to be you and to be true to yourself.(Unsplash)
LGBTQIA+ people often grow up feeling a sense of alienation, leading to self-hate, shame, or even disgust because they believe what the world tells them — that it is wrong to be you and to be true to yourself.(Unsplash)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 07:53 PM IST

Pride Matters | Embracing the multitude of identities that we inhabit

Through language, society's classificatory impulses have put gender into specific boxes, often forcing people who do not conform to the "feminine-masculine" binary to adhere to the socially acceptable rules of these categories. This is wrong

When a person — legally, socially, and culturally — adheres to reducing their multiplicity into singularity by entering a name, there is always a spectre of contamination that haunts them. (Shutterstock)
When a person — legally, socially, and culturally — adheres to reducing their multiplicity into singularity by entering a name, there is always a spectre of contamination that haunts them. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 05:43 PM IST

Pride matters | The quest for gender-inclusive educational spaces

Practising diversity in the classroom is a slow evolution to unlearn and move away from binaries, stigmas, and preconceived constructs to arrive at a common ground of shared realities, where differences are understood, accepted, and then etched into one's understanding of diverse ways of life.

A participant poses in front of young students (and supporters) of the Delhi Queer Pride movement. (Manoj Verma/HT Photo)
A participant poses in front of young students (and supporters) of the Delhi Queer Pride movement. (Manoj Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 05:42 PM IST

Pride Matters | The fight for meaningful queer emancipation

Has India moved forward in the inclusion of the queer community since the scrapping of Section 377? With Covid-19 as an example of a trying time for the community, their fight for fundamental rights continues, while the State is often found wanting

While legal change is critical, it goes hand-in-hand with social change. For that, the State and society have an obligation to fulfil. (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
While legal change is critical, it goes hand-in-hand with social change. For that, the State and society have an obligation to fulfil. (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 10:25 PM IST

Harnaaz Sandhu celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month with a strong message: Read here

Miss Universe 2022 Harnaaz Sandhu released a statement in honour of the LGBTQIA+ Pride Month on Instagram. The 22-year-old wrote that everyone should have the "freedom to live their lives colourfully."

Harnaaz Sandhu celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month with strong message: We should all have freedom to live colourful lives(Instagram)
Harnaaz Sandhu celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month with strong message: We should all have freedom to live colourful lives(Instagram)
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 09:02 AM IST

Doctor Strange 2: Disney rejects Saudi Arabia's demand to cut LGBTQ reference

Saudi Arabia has reportedly asked Disney to cut a same-sex romance reference from the Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness but the studio has refused.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel film.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel film.
Published on Apr 26, 2022 11:40 AM IST

NCP MP Supriya Sule introduces bill in Parl on legalising same-sex marriage

NCP MP Supriya Sule's bill also sought same legal rights to married LGBTQIA couples that heterosexual couples are entitled to. Another private member bill was introduced by a DMK MP that talked about providing rights to members of the LGBTQIA community for a life with dignity.

File photo of NCP MP Supriya Sule in the Lok Sabha.(PTI)
File photo of NCP MP Supriya Sule in the Lok Sabha.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 01, 2022 11:01 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Pixar employees claim Disney censors LGBTQ affection in stories

Certain employees of animation studio Pixar have claimed that their parent company Disney has an anti-gay attitude that reflects in the corporate heads routinely censoring any gay affection in their films.

Pixar's 2020 film Out featured a gay romance at its centre.
Pixar's 2020 film Out featured a gay romance at its centre.
Published on Mar 11, 2022 04:25 PM IST

Gay couple ties the knot in Hyderabad, say no permission needed for ‘happiness’

The gay men are believed to be first gay couple of Telangana. Though the marriage could not be registered, the ceremony was sheer celebration of being together along with family and friends, he added.

Indian gay couple Supriyo Chakraborty, right, and Abhay Dang, gesture during their pre-wedding ceremony on the outskirts of Hyderabad(AP Photo)
Indian gay couple Supriyo Chakraborty, right, and Abhay Dang, gesture during their pre-wedding ceremony on the outskirts of Hyderabad(AP Photo)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 08:09 PM IST
PTI | , Hyderabad

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
Reuters |

US gets special envoy for LGBTQ rights as White House marks Pride Month

Stern has also played a role when India marked a watershed moment when her writing was cited by the Indian Supreme Court in its seminal judgment decriminalizing same-sex relations and been featured in The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security (2019).

Stern, who has been assigned a diplomacy role and will make space for the representation of the queer community, is the executive director of OutRight Action International. (Photo: LGBTconstruct/ Twitter)
Stern, who has been assigned a diplomacy role and will make space for the representation of the queer community, is the executive director of OutRight Action International. (Photo: LGBTconstruct/ Twitter)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 05:56 PM IST
By | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi

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

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
ANI |

‘Not woke’ on same-sex relationships: HC judge to talk to psychologist

Justice N Anand Venkatesh said that he would want to undergo an educational session with Vidhya Dinakaran, a city-based psychologist, while hearing the petition.

The court noted that the psychologist’s opinion is that the petitioners “perfectly understand the relationship they have entered” and that there was “no confusion in their minds”.(PTI Photo)
The court noted that the psychologist’s opinion is that the petitioners “perfectly understand the relationship they have entered” and that there was “no confusion in their minds”.(PTI Photo)
Published on Apr 30, 2021 04:30 AM IST
ByDivya Chandrababu, Chennai
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