India

  • 2013: The Best of Times . . . Section 377 and its Worldwide Impact

    A few years ago I wrote a piece about Section 377, part of a code of law drafted by the newly-formed British government of India. Written by the historian Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay, Section 377 decreed that “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine . . . Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offense described in this section.”

  • City Purchases Parking Lot For $447,000

    Despite agreement that the cost was less than ideal, commissioners approved the purchase of an empty lot to provide more parking for Wilton Drive.

  • Hundreds Join Pride March in India, Where Gay Sex is Illegal

    (AP) Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, have marched through India's capital in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues to outlaw homosexuality.

  • India Prepares for Possible U-Turn on Anti-Gay Laws

    (CNN) -- India's Supreme Court has reignited the debate over one of the country's most controversial laws -- the criminalization of homosexual acts.

  • India Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Sodomy Law

    (WB) India’s top court on Tuesday began to hear oral arguments in a case that challenges the country’s colonial-era sodomy law.

  • India's Top Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Landmark Ruling

    (CNN) India's Supreme Court has struck down a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual gay sex, overturning more than 150 years of anti-LGBT legislation.

    The court announced the landmark verdict in Delhi on Thursday, as jubilant crowds cheered and rights activists hugged one another, overcome with emotion.

  • India's Top Court Recognizes Third Gender Category

    India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

  • Indian Care Facility Shamed for Throwing Out Lesbian Teenager

    A care facility for women in India is under scrutiny after closing its doors to a woman who showed “lesbian tendencies.”

  • Indian Gay Activists Protest Top Court's Ruling

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    NEW DELHI (AP) _ Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India's capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex.

  • Indian Gays, Lesbians March For Their Rights

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society.

  • Indian Prince Opens Palace To Vulnerable LGBT People

    It’s a royally daring decision.

  • Indian Star Abhishek Bachchan on A Victory for Gay Rights

    Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan is cheering India's decision to strike down a ban on consensual gay sex, calling it "a wonderful step in the right direction."

  • LGBT History Month: Transgender Forward

    As the gay and lesbian community celebrates marriage equality across the United States, the transgender members of the LGBT community continue to work diligently to place their civil rights front and center, as we move into the next chapter of LGBT equality.

  • LGBT Indians Dare to Hope as Supreme Court Rules on Anti-Gay Law

    NEW DELHI (CNN) -- When gay activist Ram Rao came back to India from London in June 2014, he was eager to be reunited with his childhood friend.

  • One Day This Week, I Became An Outlaw

    (CNN) -- On Tuesday, I was free. On Wednesday, I became a criminal.

    Tuesday, we mourned the loss of President Nelson Mandela -- a leader whose presidency saw the first constitutional prohibition on anti-gay discrimination. On Wednesday, the India Supreme Court denied my freedom as a gay man, upholding a nearly 153-year-old colonial law that could result in my own imprisonment.

  • Trans Indian Woman Makes Appeal for Trans Bathrooms Across the Country

    After appealing to her university to make bathrooms for transgender students, a transgender student is now attempting to make that appeal country-wide.

    Dhananjay Chauhan Mangalmukhi had issues two years ago as Punjab University’s first openly transgender student. She told the Hindustan Times that few classmates understood gender identity and faced many troubles at the university.

    “Harassment was common,” she told the Times. “The so-called educated students would pass distasteful comments, laugh. Had I retaliated, everyone would have become my enemy. So, I just ignored things.”

    She was forbidden from entering the women’s restroom and was bullied in the men’s restroom.  She needed a solution, so she wrote to PU’s vice-chancellor and succeeded in an appeal to build separate restrooms for trans students.

    Now, with India’s Supreme Court rule to decriminalize gay sex, she is appealing to the country to build bathrooms for transgender people everywhere in India.

    Mangalmukhi was encouraged to apply for Punjab University after they included a “third gender” option on their admissions forms in 2015, according to the Times.

  • Trans Officer Might Lose Job...For Being Too Short

    Being too short can affect what rollercoasters you get on at amusement parks. But who would have thought it might cost you your job too. This is the case for a transgender officer in India.

  • Transgender, Gay Indians Fight To Cast Off Taboos, Stereotypes

    India's transgender community can now hope for a better future after it was recently granted an official "third gender" status. Credit:Omar Khan/CNN

    NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Sitting cross-legged at her office desk, Abhina Aher expounds on what it means to be trapped in the wrong body.

  • World’s First Openly Gay Prince Helps Create LGBT University Course

    PrinceManvendra Singh Gohil from Gujurat, India is the world’s first openly gay prince on record, and has spearheaded South Asia’s first LGBT-centered university course.