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Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2019: CST lit up in support of LGBTQI community
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Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2019: CST lit up in support of LGBTQI community

The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was lit up in the rainbow colours to commemorate Mumbai LGBTQ Pride 2019

After Supreme Court verdict on Section 377, LGBTQ community members, activists gear up for next challenge
India

After Supreme Court verdict on Section 377, LGBTQ community members, activists gear up for next challenge

India will remember the morning of 6 September, 2018 for a long time to come, when at 11.30 am, in a matter of half an hour, the Supreme Court decriminalised consensual intercourse between persons of the same sex and read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

Supreme Court strikes down Section 377: Plaudits must go to Ashok Row Kavi, flag-bearer of India's LGBT movement
India

Supreme Court strikes down Section 377: Plaudits must go to Ashok Row Kavi, flag-bearer of India's LGBT movement

Ashok is perhaps the first Indian homosexual to step out of the closet even though he had confessed to it, and had sought comfort to mentally come to terms with it with a spell in a monastery

SC judgment on privacy was catalyst: Humsafar Trust's Ashok Row Kavi on petition to quash Section 377
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SC judgment on privacy was catalyst: Humsafar Trust's Ashok Row Kavi on petition to quash Section 377

The Mumbai-based NGO Humsafar Trust — headed by LGBTQ rights champion Ashok Row Kavi — moved the Supreme Court against Section 377. Row Kavi spoke with Firstpost about what prompted the petition.

On the ever-important participation, leadership and representation of women in LGBTQI spaces
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On the ever-important participation, leadership and representation of women in LGBTQI spaces

Women have been at the centre of LGBTQI forums and events in Mumbai, ensuring that there are safe spaces for other lesbians, bisexual and trans women | #FirstCulture

Kashish Queer Film Festival 2017: Panel of parents discusses acceptance, inclusion and activism
Entertainment

Kashish Queer Film Festival 2017: Panel of parents discusses acceptance, inclusion and activism

This year's Kashish Queer Film Festival featured a discussion where parents spoke about the need for families to support their LGBTIQ children.

Dancing queens: Transgenders raise the bar in Mumbai's dance circuit
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Dancing queens: Transgenders raise the bar in Mumbai's dance circuit

The Maharashtra government's Dance Bar Regulation Bill is doing nothing to protect the security of the women, as well as the growing number of transgenders in the business

LGBT rights: There's a lot Tim Cook could do in the war on Section 377
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LGBT rights: There's a lot Tim Cook could do in the war on Section 377

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to India started with an early morning aarti to the iconic Siddhivinayak Temple; the visit sent a message to the LGBT communities in India that hopefully Ganpati Bappa will remove the obstacles created by Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

Wings Rainbow, a radio taxi service by the Mumbai LGBT community tries to bring them to mainstream
Mumbai

Wings Rainbow, a radio taxi service by the Mumbai LGBT community tries to bring them to mainstream

Wings Rainbow, an initiative by Wings Travels and Humsafar Trust, will begin functioning in 2017, and five volunteers from the LGBT community have already signed up for it.

Time for an LGBT voting bloc? Section 377 and Elections 2014
Politics

Time for an LGBT voting bloc? Section 377 and Elections 2014

This is going to be the 16th Lok Sabha but the first time LGBT issues have figured in a major party manifesto. Has the furore over Section 377 meant we now have the potential for an LGBT voting bloc in India?

Open mics to interventions: The many shades of Section 377 protests
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Open mics to interventions: The many shades of Section 377 protests

Following the SC verdict, while there hasn't been a premeditated change in the way intervention and sensitization programmes are designed, there has been a fair bit of restlessness.