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Explained: How monkeypox is leading to the stigmatisation of gay, bisexual men
World

Explained: How monkeypox is leading to the stigmatisation of gay, bisexual men

A leading adviser to the WHO described the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox infection as a “random event” that might be explained by risky sexual behaviour at two recent mass events in Europe

Book Review: Lammy finalist Melissa Febos’ ‘Girlhood’ makes a case for listening to one’s body
Arts & Culture

Book Review: Lammy finalist Melissa Febos’ ‘Girlhood’ makes a case for listening to one’s body

This unique collection of essays is a tour de force, a primer for women of all age groups to understand how their past experiences are continuing to shape their lives

Blackpool's Jake Daniels becomes UK's first active openly gay footballer in 32 years
Sports

Blackpool's Jake Daniels becomes UK's first active openly gay footballer in 32 years

Former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker Justin Fashanu came out publicly as gay in 1990, during his playing career.

Explained: Why FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar is averse to rainbow flags at stadiums
Sports

Explained: Why FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar is averse to rainbow flags at stadiums

Rainbow flags will supposedly be taken away from fans at the World Cup in Qatar 'to protect them' from attacks in the conservative Gulf nation.

On International Transgender Day of Visibility, read British Muslim trans activist Sabah Choudrey's book
Arts & Culture

On International Transgender Day of Visibility, read British Muslim trans activist Sabah Choudrey's book

Sabah Choudrey's book also considers how visibility does not always serve trans people; it can be at odds with their safety.

Oscars 2022: West Side Story's Ariana DeBose becomes first openly queer person of colour to win Best Supporting Actress
Entertainment

Oscars 2022: West Side Story's Ariana DeBose becomes first openly queer person of colour to win Best Supporting Actress

“To anybody who has ever questioned your identity, I promise you there is a place for us," Ariana DeBose said in her Oscars 2022 acceptance speech.

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

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.

Sushant Divgikar aka Rani Ko-He-Nur: People shouldn’t look at an artiste’s gender but their art
Arts & Culture

Sushant Divgikar aka Rani Ko-He-Nur: People shouldn’t look at an artiste’s gender but their art

On Woman’s Day, Firstpost catches up with drag queen Sushant Divgikar aka Rani Ko-He-Nur, who is known for promoting inclusivity through art and slays it!

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

Fan fury in China after Friends LGBTQ plotline censored
Entertainment

Fan fury in China after Friends LGBTQ plotline censored

Fans flooded social media with complaints about the removal, with the top-trending hashtag "Friends censored" racking up tens of millions of views on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.

The big LGBTQ hurdle: Why trans persons face violence, legal and medical discrimination
India

The big LGBTQ hurdle: Why trans persons face violence, legal and medical discrimination

In 2021, Kerala and Madras high courts said that the medical curriculum of India is queer-phobic and perpetuates stigma against gender and sexual minorities

Ritu Weds Chandni: Ameya Narvankar talks about the challenges and benefits of writing a children's book on LGBTQ+ people
Arts & Culture

Ritu Weds Chandni: Ameya Narvankar talks about the challenges and benefits of writing a children's book on LGBTQ+ people

"During my interactions with people from the queer community, I often heard this question: 'Why does representation always have to be tragic?' I took that into account, especially because Ritu Weds Chandni is a book for children," says Narvankar.

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

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
Entertainment

'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.

Desmond Tutu: Looking back at a life committed to equality and truth
World

Desmond Tutu: Looking back at a life committed to equality and truth

Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and the retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, died at the age of 90

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui isn't limited to trans representation, but also says a lot about the support their partners need
Entertainment

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui isn't limited to trans representation, but also says a lot about the support their partners need

As a queer person living in India, I was surprised, and even proud, to see Bollywood doing much better than it has before in terms of transgender representation.

Take stringent action against any forced conversion of LGBTIQ community members: HC to Kerala govt
India

Take stringent action against any forced conversion of LGBTIQ community members: HC to Kerala govt

The high court said if medically conversion therapy was possible, then guidelines for the same were necessary and directed the Kerala government to look into the matter and if necessary

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

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.

All you need to know about LGBTQ+ community
India

All you need to know about LGBTQ+ community

Who is an asexual? How is asexual different from agender or cisgender. Here’s a comprehensive primer that will define these different groups and answer all your queries about the LGBTQ+ community.

Homosexuality vs same-sex marriages: India's one step forward, two steps backwards
India

Homosexuality vs same-sex marriages: India's one step forward, two steps backwards

The Centre has maintained an adversarial view towards allowing or legalising same-sex marriage, despite a landmark Supreme Court judgment that read down archaic laws criminalising homosexual relations.