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How LGBTQ people remain marginalised across the vast Muslim world
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How LGBTQ people remain marginalised across the vast Muslim world

Many Muslim nations criminalise gay sex — including World Cup host Qatar. LGBTQ people routinely are rejected by their families, denounced by Islamic authorities and hounded by security forces

Spain: Gay community warns everyone as monkeypox spreads
World

Spain: Gay community warns everyone as monkeypox spreads

Spain is one of the world's worst-hit countries, and according to the country's health ministry's emergency and alert coordination centre the number of infected people stands at 4,298

Reading RRR as queer: Ram Charan, Jr NTR's buddy film has all the trappings of a conventional heterosexual romance
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Reading RRR as queer: Ram Charan, Jr NTR's buddy film has all the trappings of a conventional heterosexual romance

All the markers of the traditional love story are given to the men of RRR — a meet cute, a musical interlude intensifying affection, the exchange of a protective thread, a conflict, a chasm, a reunion.

Oscars 2022: What makes Flee, Danish International Feature, a watershed in LGBTQ+ representation
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Oscars 2022: What makes Flee, Danish International Feature, a watershed in LGBTQ+ representation

Flee does not make a song and dance about self-disclosure and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen leans into it quietly, and with dignity.

The curious contradiction of male muscularity in queer movies, from Dostana to Badhaai Do
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The curious contradiction of male muscularity in queer movies, from Dostana to Badhaai Do

Shardul's obsession with his muscularity in Badhaai Do makes him possess the markers of heterosexuality and strength, but also contradicts that by giving him a sensitive personality, one without agency, one whose muscle is mere armoury.

How Badhaai Do presents an alternative to institutionalized homophobia with Rajkummar Rao's gay cop
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How Badhaai Do presents an alternative to institutionalized homophobia with Rajkummar Rao's gay cop

Badhaai Do captures the nuances of the emotional terrain that a gay cop would have to navigate in real life

France officially bans LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy’: What you need to know
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France officially bans LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy’: What you need to know

France joined US, Germany, Canada and other countries as it passed a law criminalising the use of the discredited practice to attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay people

'An attempt to strangulate an artiste's voice': Onir opens up on Defence Ministry's objection to his true-life story of a gay Major
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'An attempt to strangulate an artiste's voice': Onir opens up on Defence Ministry's objection to his true-life story of a gay Major

"You’re humiliating the queer community by saying that the queer community is not ‘fit enough’ to serve the nation because you’re being judged not by your skillset, but by something that is nobody’s business, which is your sexuality," says Onir.

2021 Queer Roundup: Unassuming gayness of ACP Khan in Aarya over laboured representation in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui
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2021 Queer Roundup: Unassuming gayness of ACP Khan in Aarya over laboured representation in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

My hope for queer storytelling as we step into a new year is to be more irreverent, to see more easy queerness, more desire, and more queer authorship as opposed to only queer characters.

Not there yet! Why India has to wait longer to be able to wake up to a Kal Penn-like coming out
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Not there yet! Why India has to wait longer to be able to wake up to a Kal Penn-like coming out

There were many in the US like Freddie Mercury who didn't come out of the closet till they were forced to do so by AIDS. AIDS has never been a disincentive for coming out in India. Social prejudices are.

Queer Eye's Bobby Berk on the Netflix show's impact, road to Fab 5 stardom, and his design philosophy
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Queer Eye's Bobby Berk on the Netflix show's impact, road to Fab 5 stardom, and his design philosophy

In an exclusive interview with Firstpost over Zoom, Bobby Berk, the design expert on the Emmy Award-winning show, spoke with us about Queer Eye's brand of magic.

How representation of the LGBTQIA+ community assumes centre stage in comic books
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How representation of the LGBTQIA+ community assumes centre stage in comic books

Amidst conversations on comic books and their representation of the LGBTQIA+ community, a look at some queer characters from comic-verses that have captured popular imagination through the years.

The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood talks about becoming first Black woman to make a comic book movie
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The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood talks about becoming first Black woman to make a comic book movie

Gina Prince-Bythewood discusses getting a free hand from Netflix for directing a hugely mounted action film like The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron.

Gay-themed Israeli drama 15 Years may have missed the theatres, but offers the cozy comfort of personal viewing
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Gay-themed Israeli drama 15 Years may have missed the theatres, but offers the cozy comfort of personal viewing

Watching something as quiet and delicate as 15 Years feels like reading a book. It feels personal. You want a one-to-one experience, not a shared one.

Ayushmann Khurrana responds to Donald Trump's tweet on Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
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Ayushmann Khurrana responds to Donald Trump's tweet on Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

Ayushmann Khurrana says he is surprised to see a reaction from the US President on his recent release Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan finds unlikely fan in Donald Trump, President calls film 'great' in a tweet
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Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan finds unlikely fan in Donald Trump, President calls film 'great' in a tweet

'Great!' Donald Trump wrote as he retweeted a post by British LGBT activist Peter Tatchell, who celebrated Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan with a 'Hurrah!'

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer crosses a new frontier for LGBT+ portrayals by Bollywood
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Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer crosses a new frontier for LGBT+ portrayals by Bollywood

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is funny, brave, smart and thoughtful, and director Hitesh Kewalya is a voice worth listening to

Ayushmann Khurrana on Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: 'This film is targeted for the average Indian homophobe'
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Ayushmann Khurrana on Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: 'This film is targeted for the average Indian homophobe'

Ayushmann Khurrana explains why Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan has been designed as a family entertainer, aimed at penetrating the lowest common denominator.

Moothon actor Roshan Mathew on his breakout, and playing a speech-impaired gay man in Geethu Mohandas' film
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Moothon actor Roshan Mathew on his breakout, and playing a speech-impaired gay man in Geethu Mohandas' film

Roshan Mathew talks about playing a speech-impaired gay man opposite lead star Nivin Pauly in Moothon, and signing the film after 80 percent of the shoot.

Apple reportedly sued by Russian man claiming an iPhone app has 'turned him gay'
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Apple reportedly sued by Russian man claiming an iPhone app has 'turned him gay'

The man filed suit in a Moscow court asking for RUB 1 million ($15,000) after an incident this summer.