Homosexuality

  • Hopeful SC will review decision on homosexuality ban in India: UN 17-04-2014 04:29 PM

    The UN has expressed hope that the Indian Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders as a third gender will pave the way for the apex court to review its decision of upholding criminalisation of consensual same-sex relationships. The historic ruling by India's Supreme Court to legally uphold rights of transgender people...
  • Ellen DeGeneres named most powerful gay celebrity 17-04-2014 02:17 PM

    New York: Celebrity talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most powerful gay celebrity in the US in a new magazine poll. The 56-year-old, who is married to 'Arrested Development' actress Portia de Rossi, secured the top spot on Out magazine's 2014 Power List, an annual ranking of...
  • Naz foundation files curative petition against SC order on Section 377 03-04-2014 11:29 AM

    The Naz foundation has filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court challenging its ruling on Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality. In 2013, the Supreme Court had struck down the Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising homosexuality. The SC had previously dismissed petitions filed by the Centre. The Supreme Court on...
  • Ugandan President signs anti-gay bill, defying the West 25-02-2014 01:29 PM

    Uganda's president signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality on Monday, defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors and a US warning that it will complicate relations. The new bill strengthened existing punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for...
  • Ugandan President to sign Anti-Gay Bill into law 16-02-2014 09:06 AM

    Kampala: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said on Friday, alarming rights activists who have condemned the bill as draconian in a country where homosexuality already has been criminalized. Museveni announced his decision to governing party...
  • 'Juno' actress Ellen Page comes out at a LGBT conference, receives standing ovation 15-02-2014 02:11 PM

    New Delhi: Actress Ellen Page, who has acted in films like 'Juno' and 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' came out at the THRIVE Conference for LGBT youth in Las Vegas on 14 February 2014. The actress, whil addressing the audience, in her speech said, "I'm here today because I am...
  • Google quotes the Olympic Charter, posts a protest Winter Olympics doodle in gay pride colours 07-02-2014 06:34 AM

    New Delhi: "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." On the day the the Sochi 2014 Winter...
  • Sec 377: SC rejects plea against criminalising gay sex 28-01-2014 02:10 PM

    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...
  • Section 377: SC to take up pleas seeking review of verdict today 28-01-2014 08:32 AM

    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...
  • Our country very good at editing realities, says Jerry Pinto at JLF 18-01-2014 07:13 PM

    India is good at editing realities, turning a blind eye to them and believing that fail to exist, author-journalist Jerry Pinto has said. "Be it the issue of criminalising homosexuality, of prostitution or a new political party's win as an outcome of public outburst, we tend to edit realities and...
  • How to 'un-gay' a person: Imran Khan stars in AIB's satirical video 26-12-2013 12:24 PM

    New Delhi: Imran Khan is the latest star to feature in AIB's series of satirical video. The actor answers some hilarious FAQs that people ask in India about homosexuals. The video gives out a strong message against the recent Supreme Court judgement which has upheld section 377 of the legislation...
  • WWII codebreaker Alan Turing gets royal pardon for gay conviction 24-12-2013 08:35 AM

    London: Mathematician Alan Turing, who helped Britain win World War Two by cracking Nazi Germany's "unbreakable" Enigma code, was granted a rare royal pardon on Tuesday for a criminal conviction for homosexuality that led to his suicide. Turing's electromechanical machine, a forerunner of modern computers, unraveled the code used by...
  • BJP ambivalent on homosexuality law, says debate not yet over 20-12-2013 05:35 PM

    BJP on Friday suggested that its stand on the Supreme Court judgement on Section 377 of IPC which upheld criminality of homosexual relations is still open, saying the debate over the issue is not yet over. "If you look at the issue, I don't think the debate is still over.......
  • Kailash Vijaywargiya takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on homosexuality 20-12-2013 04:55 PM

    Former Minister and senior BJPleader in Madhya Pradesh, Kailash Vijaywargiya on Friday took adig at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for his views onhomosexuality after the Supreme Court verdict on the issuelast week. "Now, the party which Rahul Gandhi leads has to supporthomosexuality," Vijaywargiya, who won the recent assemblypolls in the...
  • Centre files review plea against Supreme Court ruling on Section 377 20-12-2013 01:27 PM

    New Delhi: The Centre has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court's ruling on Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality. The Congress had voiced out disappointment over the apex court's order after it had set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, saying gay sex is illegal. "The...
  • Congress sends defamation notice to Ramdev for calling party workers 'homosexuals' 20-12-2013 09:41 AM

    Indore: Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee's Legal and Human Rights Department's General Secretary Pramod Kumar Dwivedi sent a defamation notice today to yoga guru Ramdev for his controversial remarks against fellow party workers on the issue of homosexuality. Ramdev had reportedly said, "It appears that many Congress activists were supporting gay...
  • Congress sends defamation notice to Ramdev for calling party workers 'homosexuals' 20-12-2013 08:04 AM

    Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee's Legal and Human Rights Department's General Secretary Pramod Kumar Dwivedi sent a defamation notice on Thursday to yoga guru Ramdev for his controversial remarks against fellow party workers on the issue of homosexuality. The yoga guru had reportedly said, "It appears that many Congress activists were...
  • Facebook deletes photo of gay Sikh kissing a man, suspends account, sparks heated debate 18-12-2013 12:34 PM

    Facebook has suspended the account of Kanwar Anit Singh Saini, a 32-year-old gay Sikh man who posted a picture of him kissing another man, protesting section 377 that criminalises gay sex. Saini's post sparked a heated debate on LGBT rights and Sikhism with support pouring in from across the world....
  • Congress against Section 377 as its leaders are homosexuals: Ramdev 17-12-2013 03:30 PM

    New Delhi: Baba Ramdev once again made a scathing attack on the Congress on Tuesday and called most of the party members are homosexual. While objecting to the Congress's soft stance on homosexuality and Section 377, Ramdev said that seems most of the Congress member homosexual and so they are...
  • Homosexuality an imported disease, needs treatment, says VHP 16-12-2013 08:01 PM

    New Delhi: Terming as "historic" the Supreme Court decision upholding legal provision against same sex relations, VHP on Monday said homosexuality was an "imported disease" which needed treatment. In a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad said the government should treat the spread...
  • Protest at Jantar Mandar against SC verdict ruling gay sex illegal 15-12-2013 01:00 PM

    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...
  • Outed! Some surprisingly homophobic reactions on Twitter to Supreme Court judgment on homosexuality 13-12-2013 03:21 PM

    The Supreme Court on December 11, 2013 set aside the landmark judgment of the Delhi High Court holding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) unconstitutional for criminalizing consensual sexual acts between two adults of the same gender. The news was received with a flurry of tweets, mostly expressing...
  • Comment: Breaking down the SC judgement on Section 377 13-12-2013 12:04 PM

    Suresh Kumar Koushal vs Naz Foundation The Supreme Court of India on December 11, 2013 set aside the landmark judgment of the Delhi High Court in Naz Foundation v. NCT of Delhi, in which the High Court had held that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is unconstitutional...
  • Rahul Gandhi disappointed with SC order on Section 377, says Delhi HC was correct 12-12-2013 05:54 PM

    New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has slammed the Supreme Court verdict which upheld Indian Penal Code Section 377 and said the people should have the right of freedom of expression on this issue as well. "My personal view is that these are matters left to individuals. I agree...
  • Technically SC order on Section 377 right: Legal experts 12-12-2013 02:45 PM

    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,...
  • Full text of Sonia's statement on SC order 12-12-2013 01:29 PM

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday issued a statement saying she is disappointed with the Supreme Court order that reversed the Delhi High Court order on homosexuality. A Supreme Court bench of justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhaya on Wednesday held that there is no constitutional infirmity in Section 377...
  • Sonia, Sibal, Chidambaram come out against SC order 12-12-2013 12:45 PM

    New Delhi: The Centre is likely to go for a review petition or curative petition over the Supreme Court order which upheld Indian Penal Code Section 377 and criminalised gay sex. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal have come out against...
  • NZ legalises same sex marriage, spectators burst into song, tears, applause: what Indians can learn 12-12-2013 10:56 AM

    A day after the Supreme Court set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality and had struck down Section 377, here is something that will reinforce your faith in human goodness. It is sad that a nation that in many ways is on the cusp of being the...
  • Parliamentarians not hopeful of timely passage of Sec 377 amendment 12-12-2013 07:47 AM

    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...
  • US opposes Section 377, says against criminalising homosexuality 12-12-2013 07:15 AM

    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 same-sex conduct between adults. LGBT rights are human...