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Chile to fight a case against Bolivia over disputed waters at International Court of Justice
World

Chile to fight a case against Bolivia over disputed waters at International Court of Justice

Chile wants the International Court of Justice to declare the Silala river, which flows from Bolivia an 'international water course' and give it equal rights to its waters

Germany's first female chancellor lagged behind in societal reforms for women
World

Germany's first female chancellor lagged behind in societal reforms for women

At the end of Angela Merkel’s 16 years in office, Germany's gender pay gap remains among the highest in the European Union

At New York's Criminal Queerness Festival plays present brazenly personal stories from countries that restrict LGBTQ rights
Arts & Culture

At New York's Criminal Queerness Festival plays present brazenly personal stories from countries that restrict LGBTQ rights

The festival runs Tuesday through Saturday outdoors at Lincoln Center and near the United Nations, and is part of Lincoln Center’s Pride programming, which also includes a concert Friday by multi-hyphenate artist Taylor Mac.

Thai LGBT activists raise pride flag in youth protests demanding its military govt to step down
World

Thai LGBT activists raise pride flag in youth protests demanding its military govt to step down

Several youth-led demonstrations have sprung up across Thailand since last week, when thousands of activists defied a coronavirus ban on gatherings and staged one of the largest street rallies since a 2014 military coup

Arundhati Katju: Section 377 was never only about sex, it was actually about right to citizenship
India

Arundhati Katju: Section 377 was never only about sex, it was actually about right to citizenship

It’s easy to think that maybe this [scrapping of Section 377] is just the onward march of history, that rights are inevitable and that we live in a world where rights will keep progressing – but that isn’t actually the case.

Our freedoms are fragile, as we must remember on 73rd Independence Day and Sec 377 ruling anniversary
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Our freedoms are fragile, as we must remember on 73rd Independence Day and Sec 377 ruling anniversary

The judgment which struck down the law outlawing who we could love in the sanctity of our personal lives had this to say on freedom: Sexual autonomy and the right to choose a partner of one‘s choice is an inherent aspect of the right to life and right to autonomy.

The Queer Take: What I don't talk about when I talk about being a city dweller who doesn't like to travel
Life

The Queer Take: What I don't talk about when I talk about being a city dweller who doesn't like to travel

In his column 'The Queer Take', Joshua Muyiwa writes: I so want to travel and see the wide, wonderful world. It isn’t that I don’t have the resources alone to accomplish these aspirations, it is that travelling is an arduous experience for me.

No Country For Queer Voices
FWeekend

No Country For Queer Voices

Queer voices don’t necessarily need appreciation, they need to be acknowledged. We aren’t asking for a spotlight, we are just asking for a platform.

Women of all ages allowed entry to Sabarimala temple: Why I disagree with the Supreme Court verdict
India

Women of all ages allowed entry to Sabarimala temple: Why I disagree with the Supreme Court verdict

A ban on women in Sabarimala was no social evil, but a matter of faith. The Supreme Court should have left the faith to the believers.

Saudi woman's case against father stirs 'guardianship' debate after court orders him to get her a passport
World

Saudi woman's case against father stirs 'guardianship' debate after court orders him to get her a passport

Saudi Arabia is pursuing far-reaching social reforms that include a historic decision allowing women to drive, attend soccer games and take on jobs that once fell outside the narrow confines of traditional gender roles.

SC ruling on Section 377 has removed legal barriers, now emotional ones must be tackled: Devdutt Pattanaik
India

SC ruling on Section 377 has removed legal barriers, now emotional ones must be tackled: Devdutt Pattanaik

We are not a conventional, fundamentalist state that frowns on pleasure and private acts of intimacy, says Devdutt Pattanaik

Kolkata transwoman's passport application rejected: Incident highlights low awareness of trans rights
Life

Kolkata transwoman's passport application rejected: Incident highlights low awareness of trans rights

Born male, but identifying as female, Sandeepta Das' passport application was rejected by an official, allegedly on the grounds that she hadn't undergone Sex Reassignment Surgery

How Australian athletes shaped history by campaigning for same-sex marriage as nation voted 'yes'
Sports

How Australian athletes shaped history by campaigning for same-sex marriage as nation voted 'yes'

Different sporting organisations in the country, both local and national, publicly backed the 'yes' campaign and called for equal marriage rights for all Australians.

Politicising gender detracts from our ability to frame neutral, equitable laws
Life

Politicising gender detracts from our ability to frame neutral, equitable laws

Unfortunately, our judgment of right and wrong can often be biased by gender, rather than being embedded in factual accuracy or a moral framework.

Transgender persons need to be recognised as human beings; not deified or demonised
Life

Transgender persons need to be recognised as human beings; not deified or demonised

On the one hand, our culture deifies transgender people — on the other, it demonises them for who they are. What if we just learned to look at them as 'people' instead?

Chechnya is persecuting its gays: Here's what we can do to rise up against it
World

Chechnya is persecuting its gays: Here's what we can do to rise up against it

"Let’s work on something more constructive, like freeing those who are tangled in the web of deceit in Chechnya." - Harish Iyer

Ram Gopal Varma, your calling Tiger Shroff 'transgender' is a compliment of the highest sort
Bollywood

Ram Gopal Varma, your calling Tiger Shroff 'transgender' is a compliment of the highest sort

Dear Ram Gopal Varma, I am writing to appreciate you in calling Tiger Shroff a transgender: Read equal rights activist Harish Iyer's open letter

Mumbai Pride Parade: Not just a symbol of protest, it is a celebration of who we are
Life

Mumbai Pride Parade: Not just a symbol of protest, it is a celebration of who we are

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Mumbai Pride Parade, also known as the Queer Azaadi March

Women's March against Donald Trump: Successful movements can't rest on the only ideal of 'pantsuit nation'
World

Women's March against Donald Trump: Successful movements can't rest on the only ideal of 'pantsuit nation'

The Women’s March on Washington has brought to light far more questions than its organizers or participants could have anticipated, and now is the time to answer them. Actually, years ago would have been a better time, but hindsight is 20/20.