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February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 25, 2015

Director - Banking

You repeat the process of coming out time and time again. I've labelled it 'Groundhog Gay'

In December 2013, I'd been with my company for over five years, and had been in a new role for just over six months. I was thrilled to have recently been promoted.

February 24, 2015

Chhattisgarh will also pay for sex reassignment surgery

In a first for India, Chhattisgarh state has set aside a 2% housing quota for its estimated 3,000 transgender residents.

The move comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court recognized transgender citizens as third gender. In its ruling, the apex court directed governments to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs, education and basic amenities in line with other minorities.

AK Saxena, additional commissioner at the Chhattisgarh housing board, said from now on transgender residents would have the quota in all government housing schemes.

February 24, 2015

Chhattisgarh will also pay for sex reassignment surgery

In a first for India, Chhattisgarh state has set aside a 2% housing quota for its estimated 3,000 transgender residents.

The move comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court recognized transgender citizens as third gender. In its ruling, the apex court directed governments to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs, education and basic amenities in line with other minorities.

AK Saxena, additional commissioner at the Chhattisgarh housing board, said from now on transgender residents would have the quota in all government housing schemes.

February 6, 2015

Sluts or social pariahs searching for something more?

Why does every gay chat conversation on social media start with the topic of sex?

That’s the question someone put to me a few days ago.

After all, my friend reasoned, it doesn’t happen that way when a straight guy and girl start to chat.

They do not ask each other in their first conversation, let alone the first line of their conversation, ‘What do you like in bed? What is the size of your cock? How long can you go for? Top? Bottom? Versatile?’ or any one of the many other, sometimes much stranger, questions gay guys fire out or get quizzed on.

February 6, 2015

Rhinestone-covered cash machines print 'out and proud' on receipts

A New Zealand bank has transformed four of its most prominent ATMs into rhinestone-covered GAYTMs in support of diversity and inclusion.

The GAYTMs, which were by introduced by ANZ Australia last year to celebrate the famous Sydney Mardi Gras and quickly became a sensation on social media, were commissioned in New Zealand as part of the bank’s diversity program.

Antonia Watson, chief financial officer and ANZ Pride Network executive
sponsor, said celebrating diversity was not only the right thing but also made good business sense.

February 4, 2015

More than 80% of calls are from men

More than 80% of calls to India's first lesbian helpline in Chennai are from men – but why?

Aksam, a 24-year-old boxing coach who volunteers at the helpline, said some men called to try and get contact numbers for lesbians while others were curious about lesbianism and relationships between women.

February 1, 2015

Some 5,000 people marched in the Indian city's eighth and one of the largest pride parades

'He's gay and I'm happy,' said Pradip Divgikar who marched with his son Sushant at the 5000-strong march in Mumbai on Saturday.

'I want all parents of LGBTQ children to be like him,' the son, who represented India at the Mr Gay World competition last year, said of his father in India's DNA newspaper.

According to DNA, parents of LGBTI children formed a substantial chunk of the marchers.

January 29, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 27, 2015

US president wraps up a three-day visit to the south Asian country

LGBTI activists are calling for US President Barack Obama to help end India's anti-gay law during his visit to the country.

A social media campaign was launched earlier this month leading up to the president's three-day visit to the south Asian country, which ends today, using the hashtags ObamaForQueerIndia and ReadDown377.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 7, 2015

Data shows far more people are prosecuted under the country's anti-gay law than previously thought

Nearly 600 LGBTI people have been arrested in India since the Supreme Court recriminalized gay sex in December 2013, according to Home Ministry statistics.

As of October, there were 778 registered cases and 587 arrests under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes same-sex relations with up to life imprisonment.

However, the numbers are thought to be much higher as some states gave incomplete data, while others, including Karnataka and West Bengal, did not submit at all.

January 5, 2015

Independent candidate is both transgender and an 'untouchable'

An independent candidate yesterday (4 January) became the first transgender mayor of an Indian city after winning election in Raigarh.

Madhu Kinnar, 35, beat the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate by 4,537 votes in Chhattisgarh state's sixth largest city.

December 12, 2014

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence

More than 500 LGBTI activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India's recriminalization of gay sex.

The Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the penal code on 11 December 2013, which organizers India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) said has led to an increase in anti-gay violence, stigma and discrimination and adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

December 12, 2014

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence

More than 500 LGBTI activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India's recriminalization of gay sex.

The Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the penal code on 11 December 2013, which organizers India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) said has led to an increase in anti-gay violence, stigma and discrimination and adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

December 1, 2014

India’s LGBTI community have shown they are not prepared to just disappear quietly since the country’s colonial era sodomy law was reinstated by the Supreme Court, with hundreds marching yesterday in the capital, New Delhi

Hundreds of LGBTI Indians and their allies took to the streets of New Delhi on Sunday – the first time the capital city has seen a gay pride march since the 1861 colonial era Section 377 anti-sodomy law was reinstated.

Reports estimate that between 400 and 700 marched in the city of 22 million people, waving garlands of multi-colored balloons and rainbow flags, chanting ‘freedom!’ and ‘I’m gay, that’s OK!’

November 24, 2014

India recriminalized homosexuality last year

Up to 2,000 people yesterday (23 November) protested India's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride, the first since the country recriminalized homosexuality in December last year.

After an hour delay, hundreds of people set off from the city railway station for the sixth Bengaluru Pride March and Karnataka Queer Habba in India's third largest city, in Karnataka state.

Unlike previous years, the parade was redirected through the conservative Malleswaram district and most marchers decided not to wear eye masks or cover their faces, despite the law.

November 24, 2014

India recriminalized homosexuality last year

Up to 2,000 people yesterday (23 November) protested India's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride, the first since the country recriminalized homosexuality in December last year.

After an hour delay, hundreds of people set off from the city railway station for the sixth Bengaluru Pride March and Karnataka Queer Habba in India's third largest city, in Karnataka state.

Unlike previous years, the parade was redirected through the conservative Malleswaram district and most marchers decided not to wear eye masks or cover their faces, despite the law.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 17, 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition features a gay mage named Dorian

Computer game Dragon Age: Inquisition will not be released in India in order 'to avoid a breach of local content laws.'

Electronic Arts confirmed Saturday (15 November) in a statement that the game would be withdrawn from sale in the conservative country and pre-orders would be refunded.

EA did not specify the nature of the content that was in breach of the law but fans speculate the game was banned due to its inclusion of a gay character.

November 14, 2014

Senior official says culture is no excuse for denying human rights

The US has urged India end to discrimination against LGBTI people and said culture is no excuse for denying human rights.

Sarah Sewall, under-secretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights at the US state department, made the comments yesterday (13 November) while delivering a lecture on human rights in New Delhi.

November 10, 2014

Marchers were banned from dressing indecently, dancing and smoking in the conservative Indian city

About 300 LGBTI activists marched through India's eighth largest city for the fourth Pune pride, double last year's turnout.

'This time we are specifically looking at youngsters who are petrified of coming out in the open about their sexual orientation,' Bindumadhav Khire, president of organizers Samapathik Trust, told the Times of India.

'We want to help them in accepting their sexuality and being comfortable about it.'

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

October 31, 2014

Group of transgender women held off an armed mob then cleaned up after

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised a group of transgender women who have been cleaning the streets of east Delhi where riots have been taking place.

The media has reported that the 15 women have been clearing stones and glass shards and giving brooms to residents.

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out on Diwali for unknown reasons in the Trilokpuri area of the capital.

Modi tweeted, 'Good effort by Laila Shah & her friends towards Clean India.

'Such efforts are a big strength for Swachh Bharat Mission!'

October 31, 2014

Group of transgender women held off an armed mob then cleaned up after

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised a group of transgender women who have been cleaning the streets of east Delhi where riots have been taking place.

The media has reported that the 15 women have been clearing stones and glass shards and giving brooms to residents.

Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out on Diwali for unknown reasons in the Trilokpuri area of the capital.

Modi tweeted, 'Good effort by Laila Shah & her friends towards Clean India.

'Such efforts are a big strength for Swachh Bharat Mission!'