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December 16, 2014

Government also proposes scholarships and pensions for transgender people

Low income families with transgender could soon receive child support and study allowances under a new scheme drawn up by the Indian government.

The draft plan also includes skill-development aid and pensions for transgender people from the ages of 40 to 60.

To receive the Rs1,000 ($15.8) a month subsidy, parents have to certify their child shows 'gender non-conforming behavior.'

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

August 1, 2014

Hospitals in the country look likely to perform surrogacy services from 2015 – but under strict rules and regulations that prohibit gay couples from applying

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has announced plans for a small number of Vietnamese hospitals to perform surrogacy services – but for married heterosexual couples only. The policy echoes a recent clampdown by the Indian Government on its country’s surrogacy services – outlawing surrogacy for same-sex couples from India or abroad.

June 2, 2014

The first ever count of India’s transgender population has found nearly 500,000 who were prepared to say they were transgender in filling out census papers – though activists say the real number may be far higher

490,000 people listed themselves as ‘third gender’ or transgender in India’s most recent census – the first time the Indian Government has sought to ask how many people identify as such.

55,000 of those were under six and were thus recorded by their parents as being transgender.

66% of the people who chose the third gender box lived in rural areas – close to the 69% of the Indian population in rural areas.

April 15, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has instructed the Indian Government to create a legal third gender category to recognize transgender people and also that they should be classed as a marginalized group to receive affirmative action in jobs and education

India’s highest court has ruled that transgender individuals should be allowed to designate themselves in a third gender category other than male or female in a historic legal ruling today.

Indian culture has traditionally recognized transgender individuals as ‘hijras’ and many have traditionally viewed themselves as a third gender separate to male or female.

January 15, 2014

Greens in the European Parliament have moved to condemn homophobic laws in India, Uganda, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo and have sought a vote by MEPs to relay that to them

Greens Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have put forward a motion condemning the reinstatement of India’s ban on gay sex, recently passed laws oppressing LGBTIs in Uganda and Nigeria, and efforts to criminalize gay sex in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Greens MEPs also welcomed the Indian Government's attempts to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the colonial era Section 377 law banning gay sex.

January 6, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government ministers for criticizing its recriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation but has criticized them for criticizing it

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government lawmakers from their ministries for criticizing its decision to recriminalize homosexuality in India.

December 13, 2013

Leading members of India’s ruling Congress party say they will fight the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law as the party explores the best options to move forward with towards reform

The Indian Government has indicated that it will move to re-decriminalize homosexuality despite Indians going to the polls in five months for general elections.

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi spoke out Thursday against the Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the country’s colonial era Section 377 buggery law the day before – and several other prominent voices within the party have now joined her.

December 11, 2013

The Supreme Court of India has set aside a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that legalized homosexuality, passing the issue back to lawmakers to deal with in a major setback for LGBTI rights in India

India’s Supreme Court has found the country’s colonial era Section 377 anti-sodomy law legal – potentially seeing a return to the criminalization of India’s LGBTI community.

The Supreme Court justices said that Indian society was not yet ready for the law to be repealed and handed the issue back to lawmakers to deal with.

'It is for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting section 377,' Supreme Court justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya ruled.

November 25, 2013

Hundreds of Indian LGBTIs marched for their rights and greater inclusion on Sunday in the cities of New Delhi and Bangalore with many non-LGBTI allies marching as well

Hundreds of LGBTI Indians and their allies took to the streets yesterday to demand equal rights and protection from discrimination in marches in the cities of New Delhi and Bangalore.

The march in the capital was part of the Delhi Queer Pride 2013 festival, while the Bangalore Pride walk was organized by India’s Campaign for Sex workers and Sexuality Minorities Rights.

August 8, 2013

India is moving to pass legislation that will formally ban gay couples and unmarried foreigners from having children via Indian surrogate mothers after already denying same-sex couples visas for surrogacy

A proposed Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Bill in India will formally ban same-sex couples, singles and unmarried foreigners from seeking to have children via Indian surrogate mothers.

The bill was expected to be presented to the Indian Government’s cabinet today before being sent to the Parliament.

The bill was criticized by Delhi's International Fertility Center chairperson Rity Bakshi for placing stricter regulation on foreign couples than it did Indian couples.

July 4, 2013

The US Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 may influence Indian Supreme Court justices hearing a challenge to the repeal of the criminalization of homosexuality

The US Supreme Court rulings that declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and allowed the resumption of same-sex marriages in California may influence the Indian Supreme Court which will soon announce its ruling on an appeal to the repeal of the country’s colonial era sodomy laws.

India’s Naz Foundation challenged the country’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law in the Dellhi High Court in 2009 and won and the Indian Government decided not to appeal the decision but a group of Indian religious figures decided to appeal.

February 12, 2013

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have urged the Indian government to review legislation criminalizing same-sex relations

Two of the world's leading human rights watchdogs have demanded India scraps its 'archaic and discriminatory' laws against gay sex today (12 February).

Amnesty International and Humans Rights Watch today urged the Indian government to repeal laws including section 377 of the penal code which criminalizes same-sex relations.

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee signed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 on 3 February, reforming many of India's old colonial-era laws on sexual violence, but did not repeal section 377.

February 4, 2013

Young LGBT people and straight allies speak on stage in Mumbai on Saturday to show their support for Pride, similar march in Hyderabad on Sunday

Mumbai was colored rainbow on Saturday for the fifth Queer Azaadi Mumbai pride march.

Two-thousand people marched for LGBT rights urging the Indian government not to overturn the 2009 Delhi High Court decision to decriminalize gay sex.

'Today we March ! Pride is here!' said one of the organizers Pallav Patankar on Facebook on Saturday.

'I march as a queer citizen of the world's largest democracy to let people know that even I exist!'

June 1, 2012

The Indian government has announced a draft youth policy that will regard the LGBT community and HIV/AIDS patients as groups that face stigma and need policy help

The Indian government is trying for the first time to focus on the problems of transgenders, gays and lesbians as a group that needs suitable policy interventions to deal with social or moral stigma.

In the draft national youth policy 2012, India recognizes youth not as a homogenous group but nine ‘target groups’ having differentials based on habitat, environment, socio-economic status of their families and their own lifestyles.

The highlights are the LGBT community and HIV/AIDS patients, who have both been categorised as groups that suffer from stigma.

March 22, 2012

Attorney general hopes to end confusion in Delhi supreme court over its stance on Section 377

The Indian government insists that it supports the high court’s decision to decriminalize gay sex.

The announcement by Attorney General G E Vahanvati, follows confusion over the government’s stance on the issue, which is currently being debated again in Delhi supreme court.

Criminalizing gay sex among consenting adults in private is a violation of fundamental rights, Vahanvati said, reported The Times of India.