Lesbians

  • Monitoring gay rights situation in India: US April 17, 2014

    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 Hoagland,...
  • Supreme Court firm on its decision to criminalise gay sex, rejects Centre’s plea January 28, 2014

    In a huge blow to the LGBT community in the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review its verdict on gay sex. The apex court has dismissed the review petitions filed by the Centre and gay rights activists against its December 2013 verdict, criminalising gay sex. ...
  • Rahul Gandhi disappointed with SC order on Section 377, says Delhi HC was correct December 12, 2013

    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...
  • TN: Girl commits suicide unable to bear separation from lesbian partner November 16, 2013

    Unable to bear the forcible separation from her lesbian partner, a 20-year-old girl, on Saturday, committed suicide by hanging at her home. According to police Radha (20) in her death note had stated "I suffered insult in the society. I could not forget my friend. Hence I am leaving this world". Radha...
  • I am not a gay icon, says Lady Gaga November 12, 2013

    London: Pop sensation Lady Gaga is adamant that she is not a gay icon despite being an active supporter of LGBT rights. Gaga, 27, who is openly bisexual, said she never intended to become a poster figure for the homosexual community, reported Femalefirst. "But here, where do I say I'm...
  • Patna girls elope, marry each other at a Sasaram temple October 21, 2013

    Patna: In probably the first case of same sex marriage in Bihar, two girls ran away from their homes in Patna to get married to each other, a police official said on Monday. The father of one of the girl's had lodged a case of kidnapping against the other girl's family. Reema...
  • Lady Gaga comes in support of the LGBT community in Russia August 6, 2013

    Los Angeles: Pop star Lady Gaga has extended her support to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community of Russia. The 27-year-old took to Twitter to share her views on the country's stance towards the LGBT community, reports eonline.com. "Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic....
  • Watch: I'm no one to judge gays, lesbians, says Pope Francis July 30, 2013

    Pope Francis seems to be reaching out to gays and lesbians, including gay priests saying he is no one to judge them. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. ...
  • Gay rights clash: Obama, African host are at odds June 28, 2013

    Dakar: Laying bare a clash of cultures, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged African leaders to extend equal rights to gays and lesbians but was bluntly rebuked by Senegal's president, who said his country "still isn't ready" to decriminalise homosexuality. Obama opened his weeklong trip to Africa one day after the...
  • US: Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision June 26, 2013

    Washington: In a significant but incomplete victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final...
  • Pak couple in Britain's first Muslim lesbian tie-up May 27, 2013

    London: Two former students from Pakistan have defied death threats to tie the knot in Britain's first Muslim lesbian civil partnership. Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, took their vows at a registry office in Leeds and instantly applied for political asylum in the UK, according to local media...
  • Love story 'La Vie d'Adele' wins top honour at Cannes May 26, 2013

    Cannes: Lesbian love story "La Vie d'Adele", by French director Abdellatif Kechiche, won the Cannes film festival's top honour, the Palme d'Or, on Sunday. "La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2" (Blue is the Warmest Colour) beat 19 other films in the main competition at the world's biggest film...
  • FIFA writes to Nigerian FA over reported ban on lesbians March 7, 2013

    Berne: Soccer's governing body FIFA has written to the Nigerian Football Association over reports that lesbians had been banned from playing football in the West African nation. A FIFA spokesman confirmed the letter but emphasised it was a preliminary inquiry. Nigerian media reports have widely quoted Dilichukwu Onyedinma, head of the...
  • Should foreign gay couples be allowed to opt for surrogate children from India? March 7, 2013

    The Union Home Ministry's new guidelines which restrict foreign gay couples from seeking surrogacy services in India and make it compulsory for a heterosexual couples to be married for a minimum of 2 years before seeking babies via surrogacy, have sparked a row of controversy in the country. ...
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Homosexuality in films February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: When sexual revolution swept through the West in the 1960s after the advent of the birth control pill, some of the effects of the change found slanted reflections in popular culture. But for the ripples to hit the Indian shores, where cinema was still bound by Victorian...
  • British lawmakers vote in favour of gay marriage February 6, 2013

    London: A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Britain cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday, as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals championed by Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote in the House of Commons - 400 to 175 in support of the proposed legislation - will be...
  • Obama says Boy Scouts should allow gays as members February 4, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions. The president's comments in a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS come ahead of...
  • Pope presses opposition against gay marriage December 22, 2012

    Vatican City: The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices - and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process. Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address...
  • British government to legalize same-sex marriage December 11, 2012

    London: The British government has said it will introduce a bill next year legalising gay marriage but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies. Equalities minister Maria Miller said on Tuesday the bill will authorize same sex civil unions, as well as religious marriages if religions decide to...
  • Same-sex couples take wedding vows in Washington December 9, 2012

    Washington: Same-sex couples in Washington state started saying wedding vows early Sunday morning, just minutes into the first day they could marry after the state's gay marriage law took effect. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples picked up their marriage licenses as early as 12:01 am Thursday, but because of...
  • Gay Parade: Hundreds march to protest against discrimination November 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Hundreds of gays, lesbians and transgenders marched on the streets of the capital on Sunday protesting discrimination against them and demanding their right to live a life of dignity. Holding banners and rainbow-coloured flags, around 1,000 people marched from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar on Sunday afternoon to...
  • Pink tourism: India now a hot spot for LGBT travellers November 22, 2012

    Kolkata: Thanks to Indian gay-tour operators, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the world is vying for India as the ultimate 'pink' tourist destination. "LGBT tourists want the same things as any traveller: to feel safe and welcome. India is becoming more popular with gay travellers since...
  • Hyderabad: LGBTs see rainbow on the horizon July 24, 2012

    Hyderabad: When I spoke to my parents about my sexual orientation, they almost disowned me. They never accepted my relationship with my partner,” shares Smruthi Narayan. Her partner Shwetha Pai points out, “It’s not a disease or a mutation and is not even limited to one community or country. The...
  • Chennai: Gay pride silenced by violence June 25, 2012

    Chennai: It was on June 25, 1978 that the rainbow flag representing gay pride was flown for the first time at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Thirty-four years have passed and things remain more or less the same for this marginalised section. The visibility of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,...
  • Nepal's gays, lesbians get citizenship status May 24, 2012

    Kathmandu: Nepal will grant citizenship certificates to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, recognising their sexual orientation for the first time. Nepal's Home Ministry has issued directives to this effect. Now third-gender people will have separate head as "others" in their citizenship certificates, according to Home Ministry spokesperson Shankar Koirala. "We have already...
  • Obama on Newsweek cover as 'First Gay President' May 14, 2012

    New York: A week after US President Barack Obama voiced his support for same-sex marriage, American weekly news magazine Newsweek has heralded him as "the first gay president" in its cover story. The magazine's cover features Obama with a rainbow-coloured halo over his head and the headline 'The First Gay President'. The...
  • SC pulls up Govt for being casual on homosexuality March 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Pulling up the Centre for its "casual" approach on important issue of decriminalisation of homosexuality, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it needs to be condemned. After going through various affidavits of the Government, a bench of Justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhyay said the Centre has taken...
  • MHA affidavit supports decriminalisation of gay sex March 4, 2012

    New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has filed a formal affidavit in the Supreme Court, coming in support of decriminalisation of gay sex among consenting adults saying the decision was taken as early as July 2009 by a GoM comprising Union ministers of Home, Law and Family Welfare. The affidavit comes...
  • Give number of homosexuals in India: SC to Govt March 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Expressing displeasure for not furnishing details of homosexuals' population, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked for all relevant records from the Centre about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, including their number and the number of HIV-infected among them. A bench of justices G S Singhvi and S...
  • Gay sex right: a confused government annoys SC February 23, 2012

    New Delhi: In an embarrassing goof-up, the government on Thursday tied itself in knots in the Supreme Court by first disapproving decriminalisation of gay sex terming it as "highly immoral" and later taking a different line, drawing sharp criticism from the bench. In 2009, the gay community celebrated a landmark verdict...