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The Queer Take: When a community's lives are bigger than the law, celebrating legal 'victories' can feel like settling for 'enough'
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The Queer Take: When a community's lives are bigger than the law, celebrating legal 'victories' can feel like settling for 'enough'

If the Law must arbitrate on Life, then it must be bigger than it, or roomy enough to make space for it.

Two years after Section 377 decision, the queer narrative must make space for voices from semi-urban India
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Two years after Section 377 decision, the queer narrative must make space for voices from semi-urban India

'Queer lives in small-town India are not visible enough for anyone to take notice. So, nobody knows what our stories look like.'

Same-sex marriage gets a push in India, but some in queer community feel other rights require more urgent attention
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Same-sex marriage gets a push in India, but some in queer community feel other rights require more urgent attention

The most prominent criticism against the campaign for the legalisation of same-sex marriage is that it doesn't top the list of priorities for the queer community, as opposed to job reservations or providing shelter to those abandoned by their birth families.

Indian law invisibilises, discriminates against queer people; one project reimagines legislation to make it more inclusive
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Indian law invisibilises, discriminates against queer people; one project reimagines legislation to make it more inclusive

A project titled Queering The Law, by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, looks at the ways in which queer people can have better legal representation, in order to be able to better access the law and other civic institutions. It identifies laws that patently discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community, as well as ones that operate on the male-female binary, thereby invisibilising anyone whose identity does not fall within this binary

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.

Wendell Rodricks was an icon of Indian's LGBTQ rights movement — a pioneer who ventured where few had dared to
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Wendell Rodricks was an icon of Indian's LGBTQ rights movement — a pioneer who ventured where few had dared to

The matter-of-factness with which Wendell Rodricks chose to be himself was groundbreaking, something hard to comprehend now in a time when gay pool parties happen at five-star hotels and Pride Parades march down the streets of cities like Ahmedabad and Guwahati.

NORMAL, Gaysi Family's latest zine, meditates on queer horror steeped in Indian-ness
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NORMAL, Gaysi Family's latest zine, meditates on queer horror steeped in Indian-ness

Gaysi Family's quarterly magazine, Gaysi Zine, brings together NORMAL, a collection of 18 literary pieces that meditate on horror from a queer perspective.

Karan Johar opens up on decriminalisation of Section 377: Cried on the verdict day for the LGBTQI community
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Karan Johar opens up on decriminalisation of Section 377: Cried on the verdict day for the LGBTQI community

Speaking at a recent event about Section 377, Karan Johar said that he hopes to see gay marriages be legalised in India next.

InQueerAble Happenings' theatre presentation Short+Salty looks at queer lives outside identity politics
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InQueerAble Happenings' theatre presentation Short+Salty looks at queer lives outside identity politics

Staged in celebration of the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark judgment on Section 377, Short+Salty explores identities, conventions, and queer lives in rigid societal structures.

On first anniversary of Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 377 ruling, 6 mantras for corporate India
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On first anniversary of Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 377 ruling, 6 mantras for corporate India

Although the LGBTQ community is celebrating the Section 377 judgment today, they are also asking companies, the government and society at large — “What next?” I am hoping that this time next year, corporate India will have a powerful answer to give to them.

A year since Section 377 repeal, how cafes in Kolkata celebrate LGBTQ community's spirit
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A year since Section 377 repeal, how cafes in Kolkata celebrate LGBTQ community's spirit

A year after the Supreme Court of India abolished Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which had criminalised homosexuality, here's taking a look at two cafes in the city of Kolkata, celebrating the pride colours in all their glory.

Growing Up Gay in India author Vivek Tejuja: 'Isn't enough queer literature in Indian context'
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Growing Up Gay in India author Vivek Tejuja: 'Isn't enough queer literature in Indian context'

Releasing on the first anniversary of the repealing of Section 377, Vivek Tejuja's book is a recollection of navigating the nineties as a gay man in Mumbai.

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

Watch: Ahead of Independence Day, Pride-themed National Anthem unveiled, featuring Onir, Apurva Asrani
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Watch: Ahead of Independence Day, Pride-themed National Anthem unveiled, featuring Onir, Apurva Asrani

The Humsafar Trust has released a Pride-themed rendition of the National Anthem To commemorate the first year of Independence that does not criminalise homosexuality,

West Bengal's first 'rainbow wedding': 'We are out of gender box,' says transgender couple after tying knot in Kolkata
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West Bengal's first 'rainbow wedding': 'We are out of gender box,' says transgender couple after tying knot in Kolkata

A transgender couple, who underwent sex re-assignment surgeries, have tied the knot in a traditional Bengali ceremony, in what is believed to be the state's first "rainbow wedding". Surrounded by family and friends, bride Tista Das, 38, and groom Dipan Chakravarthy, 40, took part in rituals and pledged their love for each other in Kolkata.

A new guidebook on mental health for LGBTQ community tackles associated stigma, misinformation
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A new guidebook on mental health for LGBTQ community tackles associated stigma, misinformation

White Swan Foundation’s e-book Mental Health 101: LGBTQIA+ Edition aims to serve as a guidebook for members of the community. It details issues and causes for the queer community, discusses methods of self-care, and provides tips when coming out or seeking help.