A transgender welfare board will soon be constituted in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The body will aim at protecting the rights and interests of the transgender community. An official stated that the board will consists of 13 members, and will be headed by Chief Secretary. Notably, as per the 2011 census, the total transgender population stands at 4,137.
The LGBT community in Kolkata celebrated Holi with colour abir and flowers. Ranjita Sinha, Transgender Community Board Member said, they are playing Holi to spread love and happiness in each other's lives. The LGBT community celebrated Holi by singing and dancing on the famous Rabindranath Tagore's song "Ore grihabasi, khol dwar khol laglo je dol". It is celebrated in Kolkata as Doljatra.
Despite no law for same-sex marriage in India, two men Abhay Dange and Supriya Chakraborty formally celebrated their same-sex union with a wedding ceremony in Telangana's Hyderabad on December 18. Reportedly, they called themselves ''soul mates''. ''We hope to live in a world with no closets,'' said the couple. However, Chakraborty said their parents initially didn't support the decision but they understood us and ''now we have their… read-more
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Two wheelchair basketballers Laurie Williams and Robyn Love hoped Paralympics can change the people's views towards LGBTQ people and LGBT athletes with disabilities. Reportedly, over 30 LGBTQ athletes are competing at the Tokyo Paralympics, three times higher than that of the 2016 Rio games. Williams and Love got married in 2020 said they're not so famous but ''trying to show people that there are LGBT athletes with disabilities''.
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New York Historical Society is planning to expand 70,000 feet to make space for the establishment of the American LGBTQ+ Museum. The museum will be placed on the second floor with two galleries and a roof garden. It will comprise the rich heritage and culture of the LGBTQ society. Apart from working closely with colleges for research programs, the museum will collect information from LGBTQ+ centres and organizations.
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Israel’s Supreme Court has legalized same-sex couples to have children through surrogacy and all the restrictions regarding the same to be lifted with six months' time. Through the years, the LGBTQ+ community has been fighting against the laws that barred them to pursue surrogacy. Health Minister, Nitzan Horowitz took to Twitter saying, “Finally, equality!” Further, he stated to conduct preparations to validate the court’s order.
A Pride march has been canceled in Georgia after anti-LGBTQ protesters attacked an LGBTQ activist headquarters and journalists at Georgia's capital Tbilisi. Tbilisi has seen homophobic violence lead by orthodox church leaders in the past. The recent violence against LGBTQ people has lead many LGBTQ supporters to believe that Georgia is relapsing towards human rights credentials.
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Cyberabad Police in Hyderabad on March 6 set up a Transgender Community Desk at the Gachibowli Police Station, a step towards the gender-inclusive community policing. With over 200 transgender persons being present at the event, Cyberabad Police chief VC Sajjanar inaugurated the desk, touted as the world's first such initiative. Aiming to curb offenses against the community, the desk will provide counseling, legal aid, life-skills, soft… read-more
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Oxford University's first Indian-born Student Union President Rashmi Sawant resigned from her post following controversies over her alleged "racist" and "insensitive" social media posts. Taking to Facebook on February 18, the 22-year-old apologized for her actions and quit the leadership. Her now-deleted, controversial social media posts included a holocaust reference in 2017, besides captions that offended Chinese students and the LGBTQ+… read-more
The Delhi High Court has asked the Union and the state government last time to file a reply against the PIL filed for the recognition and registration of same-sex marriages in India. Granting three-week time, the court on January 8 asked the governments to file a counter-affidavit and scheduled the next hearing on February 25. The PIL was filed by Abhijit Iyer-Mitra and others seeking ratification of same-sex marriages under three different… read-more
Courtesy: The Indian Express