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India’s Kashish: the focus of the world’s oldest LGBTQ Festival

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India’s Kashish: the focus of the world’s oldest LGBTQ Festival

LONDON — This March 2017, BFI Flare, London, one of the world’s oldest LGBTQ film festivals will have a special focus on South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival KASHISH. Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan will be at BFI Flare to talk about contemporary Indian LGBTQ films. “It is an absolute honour that BFI Flare, one of […]

‘Sports must tackle Homophobia, ban Offenders’

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‘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 […]

Bollywood should shed Gay sterotyping: Chang

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Bollywood should shed Gay sterotyping: Chang

Mumbai, Jan 7 : Actor-singer Meiyang Chang, who will be playing a gay character in a web series, feels Bollywood needs to handle such portrayals with more sensitivity. In the web series “Untag”, Chang plays the role of Nischay Barbara and he has made sure he doesn’t play the role in a stereotypical way. “My […]

Pseudo Science and Lies to spread LGBTQ hate: Be Aware!

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Pseudo Science and Lies to spread LGBTQ hate: Be Aware!

‘Pseudoscience’ and lies have long been the favourite tactics of anti-LGBTQ extremists, but now that the incoming U.S. president is highly influenced by hate groups, fake news purveyors, and far-right publications that peddle such misinformation, these smoke and mirror tactics are well-positioned to harm LGBTQ equality. Right-Wing Sites Regularly Peddle Anti-LGBTQ Junk Science For decades, […]

By George! He became an LGBT icon

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By George! He became an LGBT icon

George Michael, who has died at the age of 53, was one of the UK’s greatest and most soulful singers and songwriters of the last 35 years. Here are six key songs that shed light on his life and career. Yes, he eventually became another Gay Icon and an LGBT hero! Careless Whisper (1984) This was […]

Ze: a  new word in Oxford University

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Ze: a new word in Oxford University

London: What did ze say? Oxford University wants students to use the gender neutral “ze” instead of “he” or “she” when addressing fellow students. One of the world’s leading educational institutions has outlined the new guidelines in a students’ union leaflet as part of a move to prevent transgender students being offended, The Sunday Times […]

In support of diversity

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In support of diversity

Sir, The rule of law is supreme and everyone is equal in the eyes of law in India. Yet, the transgender community is in a constant battle. Recognition of transgender as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human right. Transgendered  people not only have to fight oppression and also […]

Fidel: sending Gays to labour camps, deep injustice!

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Fidel: sending Gays to labour camps, deep injustice!

Fidel Castro is no more. Love him/hate him. Whatever. The world cannot ignore him, especially in death. He was one of India’s greatest supporters during the non-aligned movement. He was also, undoubtedly, one of those are world leaders who later in life, publicly denounced his government’s homophobia and his own ‘neglect’ of LGBT persecution. In […]

Will Taiwan legalize same sex marriage?

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Will Taiwan legalize same sex marriage?

Tens of thousands of people sashayed through the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, to participate in Asia’s biggest gay pride parade. Many of those who attended carried placards calling on the government to legalise same sex marriage. Dressed in colourful costumes and carrying rainbow flags, they paraded in front of Taiwan’s presidential palace. Taiwan is more […]

Right wing US Governor saps LGBT pride

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Right wing US Governor saps LGBT pride

A  special report  in ‘The Charlotte Observer’ investigated the extent of anti-LGBT discrimination in North Carolina  (USA) in the wake of the state’s discriminatory House Bill 2 (HB 2), finding that LGBT people have “for years been subjected to bullying, harassment, discrimination and sometimes violence” and that HB 2 “heightens fear in North Carolina.” The […]

Hong Kong bid for Gay Olympics 2022

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Hong Kong bid for Gay Olympics 2022

Do you know that Hong Kong hopes to be hosting the 2022 “gay Olympics”?  The international federation behind the global sports event may actually select Hong Kong in a bid to shine a light on its poor same-sex rights record. LGBTI sports organisation Out in HK is leading the bid for Hong Kong 2022. Since […]

Everyday, Japan is more tolerant of Same- sex couples

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Everyday, Japan is more tolerant of Same- sex couples

Times are a-changing in Japan, especially for LGBT couples. If businesses are opening up and recognizing the Pink yen, the public sector in Japan isn’t far behind. Change is coming, albeit more slowly, in the public sector. The self-governing Shibuya district of Tokyo created quite a stir when in February 2015, it declared that it […]

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