Homosexuality

  • Bollywood-style music video on gay rights is UN's most watched videos July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: A Bollywood-style 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...
  • Hansal Mehta finds story for new film via internet April 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Director Hansal Mehta, whose latest film 'Shahid' has won the National Award, is now set to make a film on a gay character's journey from self-denial to social ostracism. Interestingly, the story came to Mehta through internet. "It's a story that was mailed to me by a girl called Ishani Banerji....
  • SC to hear plea against criminalising gay sex in open court April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a curative petition on gay rights in an open court. The petition was filed by gay rights activists demanding decriminalising gay sex. The plea challenged the Supreme Court verdict which held gay sex illegal. The apex court in December 2013 had reversed...
  • Hopeful SC will review decision on homosexuality ban in India: UN April 17, 2014

    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 "also...
  • Ellen DeGeneres named most powerful gay celebrity April 17, 2014

    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 the...
  • Naz foundation files curative petition against SC order on Section 377 April 3, 2014

    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 December...
  • Ugandan President signs anti-gay bill, defying the West February 25, 2014

    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 "aggravated...
  • Ugandan President to sign Anti-Gay Bill into law February 16, 2014

    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 lawmakers,...
  • 'Juno' actress Ellen Page comes out at a LGBT conference, receives standing ovation February 15, 2014

    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...
  • Google quotes the Olympic Charter, posts a protest Winter Olympics doodle in gay pride colours February 7, 2014

    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...
  • 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...
  • Our country very good at editing realities, says Jerry Pinto at JLF January 18, 2014

    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 December 26, 2013

    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 December 24, 2013

    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 German...
  • I was deeply saddened by SC verdict over Section 377: Justice AP Shah December 22, 2013

    Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Justice AP Shah described the Supreme Court judgment on Section 377 of the IPC as disappointing and said "my first feeling was deep sadness about the LGBT community." ...
  • BJP ambivalent on homosexuality law, says debate not yet over December 20, 2013

    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.... The...
  • Kailash Vijaywargiya takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on homosexuality December 20, 2013

    Former Minister and senior BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh, Kailash Vijaywargiya on Friday took a dig at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for his views on homosexuality after the Supreme Court verdict on the issue last week. "Now, the party which Rahul Gandhi leads has to support homosexuality," Vijaywargiya, who won the recent assembly polls in the state...
  • Centre files review plea against Supreme Court ruling on Section 377 December 20, 2013

    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 Govt...
  • Congress sends defamation notice to Ramdev for calling party workers 'homosexuals' December 20, 2013

    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 sex...
  • Congress sends defamation notice to Ramdev for calling party workers 'homosexuals' December 20, 2013

    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 supporting...
  • Facebook deletes photo of gay Sikh kissing a man, suspends account, sparks heated debate December 18, 2013

    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. "Last...
  • Congress against Section 377 as its leaders are homosexuals: Ramdev December 17, 2013

    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...
  • The Last Word: Is BJP not in sync with India on Section 377? December 16, 2013

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finally made its stand clear on Section 377 and has come out strongly in support of Section 377. The party chief Rajnath Singh said we will state that we support Section 377 because we believe that homosexuality is an unnatural act and cannot be supported....
  • Homosexuality an imported disease, needs treatment, says VHP December 16, 2013

    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 of...
  • 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...
  • Outed! Some surprisingly homophobic reactions on Twitter to Supreme Court judgment on homosexuality December 13, 2013

    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 outrage...