Gay

  • Monitoring gay rights situation in India: US 17-04-2014 11:45 AM

    The United States is monitoring the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in India in particular after the Supreme Court ruled consensual homosexual activity as unconstitutional, a US official said. "Despite progress in equal rights for LGBT persons around the world, our work is far from finished," Richard E...
  • Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns; opposition to gay marriage drew fire 04-04-2014 09:51 AM

    San Francisco: Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down, the company said on Thursday, after an online dating service urged a boycott of the company's web browser because of a donation Eich made to opponents of gay marriage. The software company came under fire for appointing Eich as CEO...
  • Elton John to get married to partner David Furnish in May 30-03-2014 06:56 PM

    London: Singer Elton John and his partner David Furnish will get married in the summer of 2014. They will marry in an English registry office in May, Furnish told the Las Vegas Review Journal at John's birthday party Friday at Fizz, Las Vegas, reports eonline.com. The two entered into a...
  • At midnight hour, UK holds first same-sex weddings 29-03-2014 11:55 AM

    Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. Londoners Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were among the first to tie the knot when Britain's new marriage law came into effect Saturday. The two...
  • Jennifer Lopez to be awarded by gay rights organisation 25-03-2014 06:55 PM

    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...
  • Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage 22-03-2014 01:10 PM

    Michigan's ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge who said the ballot box is no defense to a law that tramples the rights of same-sex couples. Clerks who handle marriage licenses in Michigan's 83 counties...
  • I have made a special place in my audiences' heart and it's like winning an Oscar: Sanjay Mishra 20-03-2014 04:15 PM

    New Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI) Character actor Sanjay Mishra, who is known for his roles in 'All the Best', 'Golmaal' and 'Phas Gaye Re Obama', says playing a protagonist in a film is a huge responsibility. Mishra, 51, who would be seen playing his career's first lead in Rajat Kapoor's...
  • Adele's music accused of making people gay 18-03-2014 04:15 PM

    London: Oscar-winning singer Adele is accused of turning people gay with her music in a TV documentary. The 25-year-old singer is on a list of things that "men should avoid if they want to be straight", reported Daily Star. Doctor Christian Jessen, 37, made the bizarre discovery in Channel 4's...
  • 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...
  • Uganda anti-gay bill draws church, donor battle lines 19-02-2014 07:59 AM

    Peter, 23, used to enjoy hitting Kampala's bars with his boyfriend until a draft bill dubbed "kill the gays" forced him into hiding. "I'm so, so afraid. I just live indoors," he says, sitting in the semi-darkness of the cramped two-room dwelling where he has lived since his family and...
  • 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...
  • US Justice Department to expand rights of gay married couples 10-02-2014 10:10 AM

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced widespread changes within the US Justice Department to benefit same-sex 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...
  • 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...
  • Read Vikram Seth's poem 'Through love's great power' - a protest against the SC ruling on gay sex 29-01-2014 01:40 PM

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition filed by the Centre against its December 11, 2013, verdict criminalizing gay sex. The court rejected the petition as it found no merit in it. Celebrated author Vikram Seth, who has been a champion of the LGBT community for some time...
  • 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...
  • Comments by some ministers on Section 377 not in good taste: SC 03-01-2014 02:54 PM

    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...
  • Qubool Hai: Karan Singh Grover asked to leave the show 27-12-2013 10:59 AM

    New Delhi: Actor Karan Singh Grover, known for his role of Asad Ahmed Khan on 'Qubool Hai', has been asked to leave the show for his alleged unprofessional behaviour. The makers of the Zee TV show have cited the 31-year-old actor's lack of commitment towards the show for letting him...
  • Naz Foundation files review petition against SC order on Section 377 24-12-2013 03:06 PM

    New Delhi: Naz Foundation on Tuesday filed a review petition against the Supreme Court judgment on Section 377. They are also seeking an interim stay of the order after it had set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, saying gay sex is illegal. Earlier, the Centre had...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Barack Obama selects gay athletes for Sochi Olympics 18-12-2013 12:22 PM

    President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is - and isn't - sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the US delegation for the...
  • 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...
  • BJP backs Section 377, says western culture cannot be brought to India 15-12-2013 11:32 AM

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party is sticking to its stand on Section 377 and has supported Supreme Court's ruling making gay sex illegal. The BJP on Sunday said western culture cannot be brought to India. Backing party President Rajanth Singh's views on Section 377, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi...
  • 'Not now', says Sushil Kumar Shinde on issuing ordinance on gay sex 14-12-2013 01:27 PM

    Government on Saturday said it did not plan to issue an ordinance on gay rights issue "now" to negate the Supreme Court judgement on homosexuality that has sparked an uproar. "Not now. Our (Congress) Vice-President and President have already spoken on the issue. I am with them," Union Home Minister...
  • SC judgement criminalising gay sex harmed Indian polity: Vikram Seth 14-12-2013 09:02 AM

    Novelist and gay rights activist Vikram Seth has hit out at the recent Supreme Court judgement criminalising gay sex in the country. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Vikram said the judgment was worse than the Supreme Court ruling striking down an individual's right to challenge his detention...
  • 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...
  • Australian court rejects law allowing gay marriage 13-12-2013 09:15 AM

    Sydney: Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. The federal government had challenged the validity...