‘Rent- a- womb’ will be illegal in India

‘Rent- a- womb’ will be illegal in India

NEW DELHI – The Centre on Wednesday (Aug 24) approved plans to ban the booming commercial surrogacy industry, a move that would block thousands of foreign couples who flock to these centres  to have a baby. India will join several other countries who have made ‘rent-a-womb’ facilities illegal. Commercial surrogacy is banned in most developed […]

LGBT pride becomes protest in Israel’s second largest city

LGBT pride becomes protest in Israel’s second largest city

Israel: More than 2,000 persons demonstrated on Thursday evening outside the Be’er Sheva  (Beersheba) City Hall building instead of marching in the city’s now-cancelled first ever Pride parade. Beersheba is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Often referred to as the “Capital of the Negev”, it is the centre of the […]

Church should seek forgiveness from LGBT for prejudice

Church should seek forgiveness from LGBT for prejudice

Pope Francis has said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them. He also said that he had heard that when some Church officials had gone to Pope Benedict (the former Pope who resigned)  to complain that Francis was too liberal,  Pope Benedict “sent […]

Still Homophobic, what?

Still Homophobic, what?

Well, well, well, dearies! The international day against homophobia has passed us by without a whimper, except for some overweight desi aunties posting some sentimental stuff on social media. Some  in the print  media did a couple of stories. The usual stuff, bleeding heart Obama, the Canadian Prime Minister, and all that jazz. First we […]

South Asia’s Biggest Queer Film-fest from May25

South Asia’s Biggest Queer Film-fest from May25

Flying in the  face of the dastardly IPC 377, South Asia’s biggest rainbow  film festival is on! Short-sighted court ‘mis-judgements’  haven’t stopped Mumbai’s Liberty Cinema, Alliance Francaise de Bombay and Max Mueller Bhavan from supporting KASHISH, South Asia’s biggest and India’s only mainstream LGBTQ film festival. The festival will screen 182 films from 53 countries […]

Jaitley and Chidambaram: revoke denial of Gay rights in India

Jaitley and Chidambaram: revoke denial of Gay rights in India

NEW DELHI: In the face of right wing conservatives who would sacrifice human rights at the altar of tradition, two top leaders of BJP and Congress on Saturday came out in support of LGBT rights, saying that the Supreme Court must reconsider its decision upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Speaking at the […]

Russia’s ‘priest out of the closet’ faces tough times ahead

Russia’s ‘priest out of the closet’ faces tough times ahead

For a decade, Orthodox priest Artyom Vechelkovsky taught at a religious seminary in the city of Samara. He says that his colleagues knew that he was gay, but accepted him and valued his work. But in the current climate of rising antigay sentiment in Russia, church officials suddenly decided to dismiss him, according to a […]

Corrupt Nagpur Cops to young men: pay up or swallow IPC 377

Corrupt Nagpur Cops to young men: pay up or swallow IPC  377

NAGPUR: Some street cops here are having a gala time indulging in blatant illegal extortion of young men, while the top brass hide behind the smoke-screen of ‘complaints are not registered’. All the cops need to do is to find two men together in quiet places, pounce on them, accuse them of being ‘gay’ and […]

Why can’t gay men donate blood in the UK?

Why can’t gay men donate blood in the UK?

Gay men or MSMs are prevented from donating blood in England, even though a ‘lifetime ban’ on Gay men donating blood was lifted in 2011. In Northern Ireland, gay men may be also to get married, but they still cannot donate blood to their significant other! The National Health Service had recently indicated that blood […]

Smart phone + apps + homophobia = HIV+ up!

Are the new smart phones and their unusual apps becoming health hazards? And are the ‘invisible’ gay communities in some homophobia endemic countries at risk? Health researchers in England said that the growing use of casual sex apps in European countries where discrimination against homosexuality is rife, threatens to fuel a rising number of HIV […]

‘Vicious’ a second season of deliciously Gay insults

‘Vicious’ a second season of deliciously Gay insults

This TV series is superbly vicious: that’s a review in a nutshell. Sometime in 2013, fresh from his latest turn as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies,Sir Ian McKellen headed to the small screen. He’s moved in with Sir Derek Jacobi in the ITV sitcom ‘Vicious.’ The British acting icons play partners Freddie and Stuart, […]

Future ‘Mr Holmes’ praised Cameron for marriage stance

Future ‘Mr Holmes’ praised Cameron for marriage stance

British actor and veteran campaigner for Gay rights, Sir Ian McKellen has praised Tory Prime Minister David Cameron for pushing through on same-sex marriage. The actor and veteran Stonewall campaigner told Sunday Times Magazine that Mr Cameron had “dragged” his party forward on the issue. He said: “It’s astonishing for a Tory Prime Minister to […]