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India's LGBTQ Community Released Their Own Version of the National Anthem for Independence Day

The video featured prominent LGBTQ advocates and urged everyone to #StandWithPride.
Shamani Joshi
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Like Many Indians, I Used to Have a Problem With Gay People And Didn't Realise That Was a Problem

Ten years ago, I accidentally stopped a friend from coming out for a very long time, even to herself. Today, I acknowledge how I may have been a part of oppression of the LGBTQ+ community without even realising it.
Pallavi Pundir
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Is India’s Supreme Court Reluctant to Appoint a Gay Judge?

A report by the Intelligence Bureau said the lawyer’s partner is a foreign national and “a security risk”, but a senior judge said that the Supreme Court should not focus on his sexual orientation and relationship.
Pallavi Pundir

The Anxiety of Coming Out as Bisexual in India

“We’re seen as people who are either lying about our sexuality or going through a phase; that we’re not capable of committed relationships; that we’re confused or just plain greedy for sex.”
Prashansa Gurung

Inside London's Queer Club with a Strict 'No Cis Men' Policy

Queer and inclusive party LICK has now grown from a monthly club night to a permanent space. We were there for its launch night.
Helen Meriel Thomas

We Asked Queer Indians How They First Learned About Sex

Porn, trial-and-error, Sidney Sheldon—LGBTQ+ youth tell us about their initiation into the world of sex and sexuality in a country where sex ed is either super-hetero or missing altogether.
Pallavi Pundir
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Delhi High Court Dismisses Plea to Recognise LGBTQ+ Relationships

The court refused to direct the centre to make laws on marriage and adoption for the community.
Shamani Joshi

How Homophobic Small Towns in India Celebrate Pride

In these conservative and orthodox pockets, LGBTQ communities find other ways to make their voices heard.
Pallavi Pundir

The First Lesbian Porn and 10 Other Revealing Artifacts from Lesbian History

The Lesbian Herstory Archives also include a Japanese "dyketionary" and a diary documenting what it was like to be queer in 1950's small-town Ohio.
Oriana Leckert

I Am a Queer Bhutanese, and My Country Is on Its Way to Scrapping Anti-LGBTQ Laws

“Bhutan has never had a pride parade, and never will because it’s not just the queer community who fights for us, it’s everyone in the country.”
Tashi Tsheten

Bollywood’s First Lesbian Rom-Com Is Bringing Queer Love to Indian Cinema

The mother of a gay child, Shelly Chopra Dhar, and Gazal Dhaliwal, a trans woman, co-wrote the script for a groundbreaking new movie in India in the hopes of getting through to parents of LGBTQ children.
Alyssa Klein

‘After Section 377, More Parents of LBGTQ+ Members Have Approached Us to Find a Bride/Groom’

Urvi Shah, founder and CEO of International Marriage Bureau for Gays and Lesbians, tells us how she breaks the rules, and makes a few.
Pallavi Pundir