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 […]

Obama hails all mothers, including transgenders

Obama hails all mothers, including transgenders

Transgender Mothers received recognition in US President Barak Obama’s  ‘Mothers’ Day Proclamation’. In his 2016 Mother’s Day proclamation, President Obama included a new class of mothers in his announcement: transgenders. “On Mother’s Day, we celebrate those who are first to welcome us into the world,” Obama began. “Performing the most important work there is, mothers […]

Transgenders as sub-inspectors in TN

Transgenders  as sub-inspectors in TN

Transgender K Prithika Yashini and 21 other transgenders were appointed as Sub-inspectors  of police by City Police Commissioner Smith Saran after undergoing medical check-up on Monday. The candidates will train in Chennai, police said. But Yamini had to fight for her rights. Yashini had appealed the Madras High Court after her application was rejected by the Tamil […]

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 […]

Nepal trailblazer for minority rights, India just trails!

Nepal trailblazer for minority rights, India just trails!

While India keeps patting its own back claiming we are a ‘tolerant’ nation, small sister Nepal is the trail-blazer when it comes to protection of ‘minuscule minorities.’ It has firmly rooted for the legal rights of LGBTI people in South Asia. In 2007, Nepal was the first (and so far only) country in South Asia to decriminalise […]

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 […]

Law students explore MTH issues

Law students explore MTH  issues

A Solidarity Event called ‘Miniscule and Powerful! : Acceptance of LGBT community among the youth was held on Saturday evening in Patna. Patna Law College students discussed the rights of transgenders and MTH people at a special three hour seminar organized by Pehchan North Region Office. MTH means MSM, Transgender, Hijra. Some 80 students attended […]

Hijras must improve their own image to be accepted

Hijras must improve their own image to be accepted

Sir I do believe that all humans have equal rights. All humans also share equal responsibility.  Reading about the problems of Hijras on Newsnet One  I am sad. But there is another side also. Hijras are scary. They enter trains and frighten the travellers. They use filthy language. they do not beg, but demand money. […]

New Word: ‘Homonegative’ & Buddhists have less of it!

New Word: ‘Homonegative’ & Buddhists have less of it!

A new study in the Journal of Homosexuality has shown that, of all the world’s religions, Buddhism is the least homonegative. “Homonegativity” is defined as “an aversion to homosexuality as a social practice or way of life.” Although attitudes toward homosexuality have become more liberal, particularly in industrialized Western countries, there is still a great […]

Miniscule, but powerful? That’s the question!

Miniscule, but powerful? That’s the question!

‘“Miniscule” & Powerful!’- that was the theme of a national consultation for ‘drawing a collective roadmap for MSM and other gay men in India’ held at New Delhi this day last week. Representatives of the Gay and transgender communities from all over India reflected on the main issues that impacted their lives and rights. Ever […]

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 […]