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March 26, 2014

As England and Wales prepares for its first lesbian and gay weddings, educators are advising teachers what books to use to explain it all to children

Are you sitting comfortably? Here’s how to teach kids about gay marriage, and it all starts in a distant land with a prince who doesn’t care much for princesses.

Prince Bertie’s mother troops princesses past him from as far away as Mumbai, Texas and Greenland. He just isn’t interested.

But it all changes when Princess Madeleine arrives, escorted by her brother prince Lee. Both Bertie and Lee exclaim: ‘What a wonderful prince!’

They fall in love, marry, are declared King and King and the Queen can finally relax.

February 2, 2014

Some 5,000 people turned out for the first LGBT pride march in the country held after the Supreme Court in December reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex

It was a record turnout for Mumbai’s seventh gay pride parade where some 5,000 people marched from August Kranti Marg to Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday afternoon, according to organisers.

Pallav Patankar, co-organiser of the parade and director of HIV services at Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based LGBT community organisation, told Gay Star News that “Mumbai has woken up to the fact that it has LGBTcitizens” and that members of the LGBT community are now more “hopeful and willing to fight it out by interfacing with politicians and speaking about queer rights” than before.

January 6, 2014

Young LGBT Indians will gather in Mumbai this February for the 2014 Indian LGBT Youth Summit to improve their leadership skills through a series of seminars and workshops

LGBT Indians between the ages of 18 and 25 have been invited to apply to be delegates to the Indian LGBT Youth Summit being held in Mumbai this year on 15-16 February.

The summit is being organized by the Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment (MINGLE) and is intended to upskill young LGBT Indians in order to assist them in taking leadership roles in the community.

January 6, 2014

Young LGBT Indians will gather in Mumbai this February for the 2014 Indian LGBT Youth Summit to improve their leadership skills through a series of seminars and workshops

LGBT Indians between the ages of 18 and 25 have been invited to apply to be delegates to the Indian LGBT Youth Summit being held in Mumbai this year on 15-16 February.

The summit is being organized by the Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment (MINGLE) and is intended to upskill young LGBT Indians in order to assist them in taking leadership roles in the community.

December 18, 2013

The controversial penal code 377 was reinstated in India last week and protestors worldwide came out in force to show their disapproval on Sunday

It is a week since India's Supreme Court reinstated section 377 of the penal code.

Overnight they made 17% of the world's gay population into criminals again. And, because it punishes 'unnatural' sex, they forced even straight people to only have intercourse in the missionary position or risk a jail term.

The court's decision has been met with outrage around the world, with LGBTI equality groups and public figures gay and straight lining up to condemn it.

And on Sunday (15 December) protests took place worldwide under the name ‘Global Day of Rage.’

December 16, 2013

Protesters view the return of Section 377 as a setback for LGBTI equality in India

Gay activists and their allies, from Mumbai to New York, united for a global protest against India's Supreme Court ruling that brought back a law banning gay sex.

'This Judgment is not about any one community in any one country but about the hegemonic structures that oppress many across the world,' according to the official Day of Rage Facebook page.

December 16, 2013

Protesters view the return of Section 377 as a setback for LGBTI equality in India

Gay activists and their allies, from Mumbai to New York, united for a global protest against India's Supreme Court ruling that brought back a law banning gay sex.

'This Judgment is not about any one community in any one country but about the hegemonic structures that oppress many across the world,' according to the official Day of Rage Facebook page.

December 13, 2013

A court decision two days ago recriminalized gay sex in India – putting 17% of the world’s homosexuals on the wrong side of the law. But now hope is returning

On a sunny morning in July 2009, a landmark judgment from the Delhi High Court brought a new dawn of freedom to millions of LGBT Indians.

They had spent more than 150 years under the tyranny of a colonial era British law – Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – that criminalized ‘sexual acts against the order of nature’, which included consensual gay sex.

December 11, 2013

In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court ruling on homosexuality has recriminalized the lives of 17.5% of the world's gay population

As India’s Supreme Court bans gay sex, thousands of LGBTI people have taken to the streets to protest the ruling.

In one Supreme Court ruling, millions of people’s sex lives - 17.5% of the world’s gay population - have become illegal.

Colonial era law Section 377 affects an estimated 40 million gay  men, as well as forcing the rest of the 1 billion people in India to have sex in the missionary position.

The ban has been described by LGBTI activists as ‘the worst event to happen in global gay rights in the past decade’.

September 30, 2013

Mumbai police detained 35 people at a gay party Saturday night, with 17 charged with indecent behavior, and one charged with drug use

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai raided a gay party at a bar in the suburb of Jogeshwari on Saturday night, rounding up 35 people.

17 of those detained were charged with indecent behavior, including three women, with police alleging that several of the people at the party were found in compromising positions.

A 21-year-old male at the party was also charged with possession and use of hashish which he had rolled into cigarettes.

September 30, 2013

Mumbai police detained 35 people at a gay party Saturday night, with 17 charged with indecent behavior, and one charged with drug use

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai raided a gay party at a bar in the suburb of Jogeshwari on Saturday night, rounding up 35 people.

17 of those detained were charged with indecent behavior, including three women, with police alleging that several of the people at the party were found in compromising positions.

A 21-year-old male at the party was also charged with possession and use of hashish which he had rolled into cigarettes.

September 25, 2013

The Saahay Project aims to provide 24/7 support for Indian gay and bisexual men and transgender women in need of health information and counseling

India has its first 24 hour, 7 days a week counseling service for men who have sex with men and transgender women thanks to international human development NGO FHI360.

The Saahay Project help line will provide support counseling and sexual health information to gay and bisexual men and transgender women who dial the toll-free number 1800-2000-113
across the Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Maharashtr.

September 12, 2013

The amazing story of how LGBT staff at one bank are helping change their company, gay people’s lives and the corporate world

Staff in big banks can feel they are small cogs in enormous wheels. But at Barclays some of them have found ways to make huge changes – helping themselves, their colleagues and the whole corporate world.

Their vehicle has been Spectrum, Barclays’ award-winning LGBT staff group.

And they have used it to unite employees in far-flung regional offices, to help LGBT organizations from the streets of New York to Mumbai and to change the benefits system for gay and lesbian colleagues’ partners.

August 24, 2013

Advocacy group says local daily equated sexuality with sex work and its homophobic reports will push people deeper into ‘closets of shame’   

A series of ill-conceived reports by a local daily in India has harmed the cause of HIV intervention and gay rights and will force people deeper into closets of shame, a leading non-profit organization working in the area of gay and transgender sexual health has said.

The Humsafar Trust in Mumbai, India’s financial and film capital, led a protest on Monday against reports published by a Marathi language newspaper, Lokmat Amravati, portraying the gay community in a negative light.

July 20, 2013

Aspiring Mumbai model is paying his way to the Mr Gay World pageant in Antwerp to highlight the cause of India’s ostracized transgenders

While Apple, Starbucks and nearly two dozen more American companies have thrown their weight behind same-sex marriages in the USA, Mr Gay India Nolan Lewis hasn’t been able to find a single Indian corporate house ready to help him represent the country at the upcoming Mr Gay World pageant.

June 19, 2013

Todd Sears, who has been influential in showing investment banks the business case for more LGBT-inclusive workplaces, spoke at an event in Hong Kong that was video conferenced to eight other cities in the region

LGBT-inclusive workplaces guru Todd Sears spoke at an event in Hong Kong yesterday to inspire corporations to improve office environments for gay, bi and trans employees.

The Goldman Sachs event entitled Raise Your LGBT Ally Game focused on getting straight supporters of LGBT rights to become active in creating a more inclusive workplace.

The talk was video conferenced to eight cities across the region - Beijing, Bangalore, Melbourne, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo - where around 200 people logged-on to hear what Sears had to say.

May 24, 2013

Fan Popo discusses the obstacles to LGBT filmmaking and activism in China at Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India

Chinese filmmaker Fan Popo said his government is 'homophobic' during an appearance at Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India this week.

'The Chinese government is homophobic, and they do not let queer films be screened in theaters,' said Fan, Hindustan Times reports.

'We have to screen films in small cafes, and even then police often stop screenings. LGBT groups are all underground.'

May 17, 2013

On the release of Bombay Talkies featuring gay characters movie talkshow The Front Row with Anupama Chopra discusses portrayal of gay characters in Indian cinema

Indian film talkshow The Front Row with Anupama Chopra discusses alternative sexuality in Bollywood this week.

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival director Sridhar Rangayan, openly gay filmmaker Onir, director Karan Johar and actors Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem were guests on the show, broadcasting tonight at 8.30pm.

The guests discuss the recently released Bombay Talkies, an anthology of four short films including one, directed by Johar about a gay relationship.

May 15, 2013

Iris director Berwyn Rowlands says he is delighted to join the acclaimed representatives of LGBT film at the Kashish festival in Mumbai

India’s premier LGBT film festival has invited the director of Cardiff’s Iris Prize festival to take part in judging this year’s films.

Berwyn Rowlands will sit on the five strong jury at Kashish – also known as the Mumbai Queer Film Festival. It will be held from 22 to 26 May.

March 28, 2013

Graphic designer Prachi Patil-Kotkar wins poster competition judged by fashion icon Wendell Rodricks

One of India's most famous fashion designers, Wendell Rodricks, has picked a winner for this years Kashish (Mumbai International Queer Film Festival) poster competition.

The winning design shows five hands creating a star-shape with their fingers around the words 'Towards Change'. It was designed by Mumbai-based graphic designer Prachi Patil-Kotkar.

'The victory sign forming a star is graphic and unforgettable,' said Rodricks.

'It is also interesting that the cliched rainbow flag colors have been totally ignored for an artistic backdrop. I loved it.'

March 4, 2013

Police probing anti-gay attack and attempt at extortion, suspects go on the run

An investigation has confirmed that two attackers who assaulted and tried to blackmail a Mumbai commuter were plain-clothed policemen. 

The two accused, Government Railway Police (GRP) constables Ravi Medge and Sandeep Waghchaure, have been suspended but they cannot be traced and are suspected of absonding.

March 4, 2013

Police probing anti-gay attack and attempt at extortion, suspects go on the run

An investigation has confirmed that two attackers who assaulted and tried to blackmail a Mumbai commuter were plain-clothed policemen. 

The two accused, Government Railway Police (GRP) constables Ravi Medge and Sandeep Waghchaure, have been suspended but they cannot be traced and are suspected of absonding.

February 25, 2013

Thugs at a railway station in Mumbai try to blackmail mugging victim by threatening to tell his parents that he is gay

A 28-year-old technician at a pharmaceutical company has spoken out about a homophobic attack last Friday night.

The victim, who is unnamed in a DNA report on the crime, was attacked in the toilet of Vasai Road station in Mumbai on his way home late from work.

'They began raining blows at me and shouted: "Homogiri karne toilet mein aata hai aur abhi sharif banta hai" [you indulge in homosexual acts in the toilet and now you are trying to be decent],' DNA reports.

February 25, 2013

Thugs at a railway station in Mumbai try to blackmail mugging victim by threatening to tell his parents that he is gay

A 28-year-old technician at a pharmaceutical company has spoken out about a homophobic attack last Friday night.

The victim, who is unnamed in a DNA report on the crime, was attacked in the toilet of Vasai Road station in Mumbai on his way home late from work.

'They began raining blows at me and shouted: "Homogiri karne toilet mein aata hai aur abhi sharif banta hai" [you indulge in homosexual acts in the toilet and now you are trying to be decent],' DNA reports.