A concerned citizens group recently proposed a draft Progressive Uniform Civil Code with reforms to marriage, adoption, divorce and inheritance laws.
Police, state-aligned media and the religious establishment all see it as a public duty to combat the ‘spread’ of homosexuality.
The resolution called for the protection of the rights of foreign nationals facing the death penalty under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the grounds on which India had sued Pakistan in the ICJ.
Bodies like JNU’s GSCASH sensitise and create dialogue on gender and sexual politics at the university, and on how this interplays with other social and cultural locations and identities.
Germany’s parliament approved marriage equality in June after Chancellor Angela Merkel chose to make the vote a matter of conscience.
Economics does a pretty good job at explaining and predicting patterns in marriage that would otherwise appear irrational.
Despite overwhelming public support, the issue of same-sex marriages has faced a political deadlock, with the Australian high court stepping in recently to give a go-ahead for the vote.
“The tendencies she was showing were at a nascent stage. We cannot really pin-point if it is really homosexuality.”
The constitution bench’s verdict in the Right to Privacy case encompasses many extraordinary achievements that show that our judiciary can and will correct errors of the past.
The judgment – in the way it defines privacy and dignity of an individual – has far reaching implications on the rights of LGBTQI individuals.
The judgment makes it clear that in a democracy, the rights of minorities, especially discrete and insular ones, are as sacred as those conferred on citizens to protect their freedoms and liberties.
Justice A.P. Shah said, “There is very little scope now for those wanting to support Section 377…invading the bedroom can’t be considered reasonable restriction [on the fundamental right to privacy].”
Extracts from the judgement that impact Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.
The two-and-a-half-page White House document gives defense secretary Jim Mattis six months to fully implement the ban on transgender people in the military.
With no stable source of income, especially for the elderly, the transgender community in Kashmir is struggling to make ends meet.
Taiwan’s gender progressive policies and eventual marriage equality law serve as a beacon of hope for the small island country.
Five transgender members of the US military, including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, are suing Trump over his ban on transgender troops.
Two decades of brain research have provided hints of a biological origin to being transgender, but no irrefutable conclusions.
Fifty-six retired US generals, admirals and other senior officers voiced opposition on Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s announcement of a ban on transgender military service, saying it would be disruptive and degrade readiness.
The legacy of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised male homosexuality 50 years ago.
“I hope our commander in chief understands that we don’t transmit orders via Twitter, and that he can’t, either.”
The Trump administration told a US appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue.
Same-sex relations carries the death penalty in 12 states, and in dozens more, homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence up to life.
Trump’s actions have appeared to halt years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexual orientation.
After a Vicks ad about her and her daughter went viral, Gauri Sawant is using her new-found fame to fund her dream of an old-age home/adoption house for the trans community.
Activists report growing discrimination against queer persons parallel to the rise of the BJP-led government, which they accuse of demonising deviance and fuelling homophobia.
Once a staunchly conservative nation, Malta has been steadily adopting more progressive legislation in recent years, even amidst protests.
“In our community, over 90% of people survive by begging. How can they ever afford any of these treatments?”
“Gay men don’t only live in an urban setting. Thousands are growing up in villages and towns, with no way to access information on sexuality, most of which is available only in English.”
LGBTQI people’s health is consistently poorer than that of the general population.
Before violently reversing the trend under new authoritarian regimes, Germany and much of Europe had hundreds of gay and lesbian cafes – this is an object lesson showing that the history of LGBTQ rights is not a record of constant progress.
The story and the character, however, have not been free of criticism and controversy.
Just as Taiwan legalised same sex marriage, Mainland China shut down the country’s most iconic lesbian social media platform.
The Pentagon ended its ban on openly trans people in 2016 under the Obama administration, but the delay under Trump’s administration has worried activists.
“Before this, we used to think of the police as our safety net when mass organisations, or anyone claiming to represent the people, came to attack us.”
The affair took on a more political flavour than usual with a hostile administration in the White House which has shown scant concern towards queer issues.
The march was banned last year due to “security concerns”, and t he marchers were dispersed by the riot police using tear gas and rubber bullets.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia’s law banning the promotion of homosexuality violated European treaties and freedom of speech.
The Global Barometer of Gay Rights (GBGR) ranks countries on their level of protection of LGBT rights, and unsurprisingly, a majority of the countries, including the US, score extremely low on it.
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality.