Right wing US Governor saps LGBT pride

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

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

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 […]

Violence grows against Third Gender in Pakistan

Violence grows against Third Gender in Pakistan

Khyber Pakhtunwala (PAKISTAN): In June, three men broke into the home of a transgender woman named Kashi, in Mansehra and attempted to rape her. They ended up shooting her several times. Kashi is only one of many transgender women in Pakistan to have been attacked in recent months. In May, Alehsa, a transgender woman and […]

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 […]

Is it Home Ministry vs NGOs who won’t toe the line?

Is it Home Ministry vs NGOs who won’t toe the line?

NEW DELHI – The Government of India has cancelled the foreign funding licence of a non-profit trust run by a high-profile activist known for her vocal criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it misused overseas funds, is how AFP tells the story. But is the Indian Government actually trying to stifle any form of […]

These Beautiful Boys are the death of Afghan Cops

These Beautiful Boys are the death of Afghan Cops

The Taliban are using beautiful boy slaves as ‘honey traps’ to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the common practice of “bacha bazi” ­­ or ‘boy play’ ­­ to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults said. The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it […]

Bihar: Reservations for Transgender in offing?

Bihar: Reservations for Transgender in offing?

Bihar inches towards reservations for TG in various sectors Do you know that certain prominent movers and shakers in the Government of Bihar are seriously considering a .04 representation for transgender people along the lines of reservation for women? Don’t confuse TG with Hijras. Transgender people are trans-men and trans-women, people who may or may […]

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 […]

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 […]

Opposing LGBT rights is also intolerance

Opposing LGBT rights is also intolerance

Sir, It is interesting to see certain Christian and Muslim religious leaders waxing eloquent on the matter of intolerance and ‘majoritarianism’ in public life. In the light of the rights of the LGBT minorities, one often hears some ‘Christian’ and Muslim’ so-called leaders speaking on behalf of the community, insisting that the draconian IPC 377 […]