GAY RIGHTS

  • Hundreds march in New Delhi for gay pride in Modi's India December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Hundreds of people danced, sang and cheered in a gay pride parade in New Delhi on Sunday, the first since the country's top court reinstated a ban on gay sex in the world's largest democracy. Multi-coloured balloons, masquerade masks and wigs, a huge rainbow flag and a St. Bernard...
  • Gays wish for freedom from 'myopic mindset' November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The setting Sunday sun in the heart of the capital was accompanied by a rainbow of a different kind. As the assertive and confident members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community took part in the Delhi gay parade, they all wished for freedom from the...
  • Gender of a potential partner? Unimportant while dating, says Harry Styles November 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: One Direction singer Harry Styles believes that the gender of a potential love interest doesn't matter when it comes to dating. The 20-year-old star revealed it in an interview with On Demand Entertainment where he was accompanied by his bandmate Liam Payner, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When asked about what traits they...
  • Singapore upholds law that criminalises gay sex October 29, 2014

    Singapore: Singapore's highest court ruled on Wednesday that a law that criminalises sex between men is in line with the city-state's constitution, rejecting two separate appeals by three men that the measure infringed their human rights. The judgment comes as gay rights have become an increasingly thorny issue in Singapore's traditionally...
  • Bollywoodstyle music video on gay rights is UN's most watched videos July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: A Bollywoodstyle music video on gay rights featuring Indian actress Celina Jaitly has got over one million views online and become one of the United Nations' most watched videos ever. The video was launched by the U.N. in April as part of a global fight against homophobia. Charles Radcliff of...
  • Singapore gay rights rally to kick off despite opposition June 28, 2014

    Singapore: A gay rights rally was set to kick off in Singapore on Saturday, with organisers expecting tens of thousands of people to celebrate sexual diversity in the citystate despite fierce opposition from religious conservatives. The annual Pink Dot gathering will be held from around 0900 GMT at a downtown park...
  • Watch: In a first, UN releases a beautiful Bollywood music video featuring Celina Jaitly to support gay rights in India May 2, 2014

    In a society that has been divided on the basis of caste and creed for decades now, accepting gay rights hasn't been very easy either. We've seen debates over article 377 that criminalises homosexual acts and the battle between those who think it is unnatural and those who support it...
  • CJ Youngistan: Are political parties ignoring the rights of transgenders? April 21, 2014

    With no mention of section 377 in poll manifestos, transgenders feel that their rights are being ignored by the country's top political parties. ...
  • Jennifer Lopez to be awarded by gay rights organisation March 25, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez will be given the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in April. The honour is given to "artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community". One of the reasons Lopez was...
  • US Justice Department to expand rights of gay married couples February 10, 2014

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced widespread changes within the US Justice Department to benefit samesex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases. The changes, unveiled by Holder in a speech to a gay rights lobbying...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai January 28, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • SC rejects review plea: Battle for gay rights faces uncertain future? January 28, 2014

    In another setback to the LGBT community in India, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review its verdict on criminalising gay sex. The court dismissed the review petitions filed by the Centre and gay rights activists against its December 2013 verdict. ...
  • News 360: Setback to gay activists, SC dismisses review petition January 28, 2014

    In yet another setback to the LGBT community, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition filed by the Centre against its December 11, 2013 verdict criminalising gay sex. The court rejected the petition as it found no merit in it. ...
  • Sec 377: SC rejects plea against criminalising gay sex January 28, 2014

    New Delhi: In yet another setback to the LGBT community, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition filed by the Centre against its December 11, 2013 verdict criminalising gay sex. The court rejected the petition as it found no merit in it. Seeking a stay on the operation of...
  • Section 377: SC to take up pleas seeking review of verdict today January 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday take up petitions filed by Centre and rights activists seeking review of its verdict declaring gay sex an offence punishable up to life imprisonment. A bench of justices HL Dattu and SJ Mukhopadhaya will take up the petition in chamber to decide...
  • Comments by some ministers on Section 377 not in good taste: SC January 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has taken exception to the statements made by Cabinet ministers against the recent ruling on Section 377. The apex court on Friday said that some of the statements are not in good taste. While it has refused to pass any order against the ministers, it...
  • The Last Word: Does focus on rape laws, gay rights, AAP show 2013 as a year of people's power? December 24, 2013

    The year 2013 has seen a rise in people's participation in various issues ranging from strong rape laws to the recent protest against the Supreme Court order on Section 377. The year also witnessed the infamous IPL spot fixing scandal. People's anger against the government even led to the emergence...
  • Protest at Jantar Mandar against SC verdict ruling gay sex illegal December 15, 2013

    New Delhi: After the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Indian Penal Code Section 377 and passed a ruling making gay sex illegal, LGBT community erupted in protests across the country. On Sunday, protests are being held at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. Several activists have gathered at the venue...
  • Watch: India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai December 12, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Government likely to challenge SC order on Section 377 December 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress has stepped up attack on the Supreme Court over a ruling which reversed the high court verdict decriminalising consensual gay sex. With both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi also showing concern over the verdict, indications are rife that the government may be mulling either a review...
  • Sec 377 not about Indian culture, was brought by the British: Onir December 12, 2013

    Filmmaker Onir, known for his film 'My Brother Nikhil' reacts to the Supreme Court ruling that upheld Section 377 criminalising homosexuality. ...
  • Technically SC order on Section 377 right: Legal experts December 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court judgement on Section 377 has led to a nationwide debate over its relevance in today's modern world. Gay rights activists, social activists and even top politicians including Congress President Sonia Gandhi have expressed their unhappiness over the judgement, which makes homosexual relationship a crime. Perhaps, no...
  • Parliamentarians not hopeful of timely passage of Sec 377 amendment December 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Gay sex in India is illegal again as the Supreme Court set aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgement and put the onus on Parliament again. It now remains to be seen as to how long Parliament takes to make amendments to Section 377 to decriminalise homosexuality. Parliamentarians themselves...
  • US opposes Section 377, says against criminalising homosexuality December 12, 2013

    Washington: Expressing concern over the Indian Supreme Court verdict which ruled that gay sex is illegal, the US has said that it is opposed to any action that criminalise consensual same sex between two adults. "We oppose any action that criminalises consensual samesex conduct between adults. LGBT rights are human...
  • Is SC ruling on section 377 a step backwards? December 12, 2013

    In a huge setback for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, the Supreme Court has set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality and had struck down Section 377. While setting aside the 2009 Delhi High Court order, the apex court observed that Section 377 is...
  • Is the Supreme Court verdict on gay rights regressive? December 12, 2013

    Upholding Indian Penal Code Section 377 and setting aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, the Supreme Court on Wednesday passed a ruling making gay sex illegal. While the decision invoked angry reactions from the LGBT community, religious groups hailed the verdict. ...
  • Watch: India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai December 11, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Religious groups hail SC verdict on gay sex, LGBTs outraged December 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Upholding Indian Penal Code Section 377 and setting aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, the Supreme Court on Wednesday passed a ruling making gay sex illegal. While the decision invoked angry reactions from the LGBT community, religious groups hailed the verdict. The Coalition for Sex Workers...
  • Every civil right movement takes steps backwards: Author of Gaysia December 11, 2013

    Journalist and Australiabased writer Benjamin Law weighs in on the Supreme Court judgement on Sec 377. The author of 'Gaysia' had travelled through India and Asia and written about the gay community's journey and travails across the region. Here is an email Q&A with IBNLive: IBNLive: From your perspective having travelled...
  • The Last Word: Has SC made a mistake reversing Delhi HC ruling on homosexuality? December 11, 2013

    Upholding Indian Penal Code Section 377 and setting aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, the Supreme Court on Wednesday passed a ruling making gay sex illegal. While the decision invoked angry reactions from the LGBT community, religious groups hailed the verdict. ...