Transgender Activisim spurs Assam TG Board Plan

Transgender Activisim spurs Assam TG Board Plan

Guwahati: Assam in the process of framing a state policy for  transgendered people, as directed by the Supreme Court to all states in 2014. A committee constituted by the Assam social welfare department, suggested in a recent meeting that the Kerala policy may be adopted as a benchmark while framing a state policy for welfare […]

Yangon is out and proud, Hang 377!

Yangon is out and proud, Hang 377!

Yangon, Jan 29 : India and Burma share the same article 377, the archaic British law that has little use and much misuse in the 21st century. Finally, it seems that Burma (Myanmar) is coming Out! Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens […]

How films direct homophobia onto school kids

How films direct homophobia onto school kids

The 2005 Malayalam film Chanthupottu showed the central character played by Dileep as a “cross dresser,” a man who developed feminine gestures because his grandmother raised him like a girl. And ultimately, he discovers his ‘masculine self.’ The film went on to win Dileep the Special Jury award at the Kerala State Film Awards that […]

Third Gender voters in Gujarat up 250% in 5 YRS

Third Gender voters in Gujarat up 250% in  5 YRS

Gujarat assembly election 2017 is a special one for transgender voters. Many have/will be voting for the first time as the third gender and with a significant rise in their number on electoral count, the community is excited to cast their votes. What is expected is that the state government come up with positive policies […]

Will Gulshan be Ayodhya’s first TG Mayor?

Will Gulshan be Ayodhya’s first TG Mayor?

47 year old Bindu is the Samajwadi Party candidate for the post of Mayor of Ayodhya. Bindu, whose legal name is Gulshan, is a trans-woman hailing from Bihar. She says   “Kinnars  today they are capable of making real change in society”. The 47-year-old, belonging to the Kinnar community (transgender), has been fielded by the Samajwadi […]

Playboy’s first TG Playmate!

Playboy’s first TG Playmate!

Los Angeles: French model Ines Rau has become the first transgender model to become a Playboy playmate. Rau appears in a pictorial and centrefold in Playboy’s November/December issue, which pays tribute to its founder, Hugh Hefner, who died last month. The model previously posed in Playboy’s May 2014 “A-Z” issue, starring in a spread called “Evolution,” […]

Special disaster relief camps for TG communities in Bihar

Special disaster relief camps for TG communities in Bihar

Bihar grows more sensitive to the needs of Transgenders . At a recent meeting on disaster management, about a dozen transwomen were invited to air their views. Sharing their problems, the transgenders asserted  that the discrimina tion they face even more becomes pronounced in the event of natural disasters like floods, because just like the […]

‘Sports must tackle Homophobia, ban Offenders’

‘Sports must tackle Homophobia, ban Offenders’

Sport is not doing enough to tackle homophobic abuse and authorities should issue lengthy bans to offenders, according to a report. The report, published by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, in the UK wants sports authorities to adopt a zero-tolerance approach at all levels. In highlighting football (soccer), it said attitudes in sport […]

Does Sri Lanka encourage discrimination against LGBT minorities ?

Does Sri Lanka encourage discrimination against LGBT minorities ?

Colombo: Sri Lanka once again failed to address the issue of stigmatization and victimisation of LGBT people.  Sri Lanka’s cabinet has in fact, rejected a proposal to end discrimination based on sexual orientation,  because it could ‘legitimise homosexuality’, a government minister said (Jan 18). Sri Lanka’s 1883 penal code, a legacy of its British colonial […]

Pakistan Census to include Transgender people

Pakistan Census to include Transgender people

LAHORE: After Nepal and India,  Pakistan will count transgender people in its national census for the first time when it surveys its population in March this year following a top court ruling on Monday. The Lahore High Court issued the order to the government, National Database and Registration Authority, and the interior ministry with a […]