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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
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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.

LGBTQ community finds homophobia has a free run on Instagram, and pleas for help don't really work
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LGBTQ community finds homophobia has a free run on Instagram, and pleas for help don't really work

A live video aimed to provide a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community to express freely soon turned into a homophobic nightmare but Instagram did little to secure their space

Graham Norton's novel Home Stretch is an intimate story of a gay man's return to his once-homophobic home, Ireland
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Graham Norton's novel Home Stretch is an intimate story of a gay man's return to his once-homophobic home, Ireland

The book, which HarperVia is releasing in the United States on Tuesday, is about how the tendrils of pain from a single incident can extend far into the future, but it’s also about fleeing your home because you don’t feel you belong there, as Norton did when he left Ireland in the early 1980s.

Amid backlash against LGBTQ rights, Warsaw holds gay pride parade after a two-year gap
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Amid backlash against LGBTQ rights, Warsaw holds gay pride parade after a two-year gap

The joyful and colourful celebration was tinged with fear of what the future holds for the rights of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people after setbacks first in Russia and now in Hungary.

'We are here': Thousands reject Hungarian conservative lawmakers' anti-LGBTQ+ legislation
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'We are here': Thousands reject Hungarian conservative lawmakers' anti-LGBTQ+ legislation

The Hungarian amendments would outlaw any depiction or discussion of different gender identity and sexual orientation in public, including in schools and the media.

Olga Tokarczuk, Antoni Porowski among board members of organisation countering Polish govt's homophobia
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Olga Tokarczuk, Antoni Porowski among board members of organisation countering Polish govt's homophobia

Catholic Church leaders have also used the term “rainbow plague” to describe the movement for greater rights for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

Read an excerpt from The Anger of Saintly Men: Anubha Yadav's debut novel examines how society informs ideologies of masculinity
Arts & Culture

Read an excerpt from The Anger of Saintly Men: Anubha Yadav's debut novel examines how society informs ideologies of masculinity

The award-winning author and filmmaker writes a compelling prose which forces us to examine the way boys are raised in our country, in the tight grip of a patriarchal mould that shapes their understanding of themselves and of what it means to be a man.

In a first, Brazil twins undergo gender confirmation surgery together, say they 'never identified as boys'
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In a first, Brazil twins undergo gender confirmation surgery together, say they 'never identified as boys'

Dr Jose Carlos Martins of Transgender Center Brazil, a clinic in the southeastern city of Blumenau, performed the five-hour surgery on the twins one day apart

In Ruth Vanita's 'Memory of Light', a poignant romance between two courtesans unfolds in Nawabi-era Lucknow
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In Ruth Vanita's 'Memory of Light', a poignant romance between two courtesans unfolds in Nawabi-era Lucknow

Memory of Light emerges out of Ruth Vanita’s imagination of the pre-colonial world of courtesans and poets, and the ups and downs of the relationship between the two courtesans — Nafis bai and Chapla bai — unfolds against the backdrop of Nawabi-era of Lucknow.

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.

Mexico tries to kick homophobic chant out of football with FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification under threat
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Mexico tries to kick homophobic chant out of football with FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification under threat

Mexico is far from alone in struggling to deal with racist or homophobic insults shouted from the stands. But now, as a repeat offender, the country risks being banned from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Former Wallabies star Israel Folau says he would 'absolutely' repeat anti-gay post that led to his sacking
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Former Wallabies star Israel Folau says he would 'absolutely' repeat anti-gay post that led to his sacking

The controversial Instagram post by Israel Folau led to Super Rugby's record try-scorer, a born-again Christian, having his Aus$1 million-a-year (US$690,000) contract torn up in May.

'Apple pushed me towards homosexuality': Russian man files lawsuit against tech giant, claims it caused him moral harm
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'Apple pushed me towards homosexuality': Russian man files lawsuit against tech giant, claims it caused him moral harm

'Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm,' the complaint said.

Rugby Australia claims former star Israel Folau agreed homophobic post breached rules and offered to apologise
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Rugby Australia claims former star Israel Folau agreed homophobic post breached rules and offered to apologise

Super Rugby's record try-scorer Israel Folau, who was on a Aus$1 million-a-year (US$690,000), four-year deal, was fired in May for posting on Instagram that 'hell awaits' gay people and others he considers sinners.

Ligue 1: Marseille win 2-1 at Nice as homophobic chants cause 10-minute stoppage in first half
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Ligue 1: Marseille win 2-1 at Nice as homophobic chants cause 10-minute stoppage in first half

Players from both teams were escorted from the pitch in the 28th minute following repeated appeals to Nice fans to stop homophobic chants of "Marseille are a bunch of queers" and "Go f*** yourself, Ligue 1".

Karan Johar responds to troll joking about his sexuality: 'You absolutely original genius'
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Karan Johar responds to troll joking about his sexuality: 'You absolutely original genius'

Karan Johar in an interview said that initially the trolling used to make him angry, but now it amuses him.

Israel Folau cashes in as Christian group takes up fundraiser after GoFundMe campaign shut down
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Israel Folau cashes in as Christian group takes up fundraiser after GoFundMe campaign shut down

Australian Christian Lobby has taken over Israel Folau's fundraising attempt after his GoFundMe page was brought down. At the time of writing, over Aus$ 1 million had been raised against the target of Aus$ 3 million.