Homosexuality: News

22 Jul 2023


Matty Healy's Malaysian concert canceled over onstage kiss

British pop band The 1975's frontman Matty Healy has once again sparked controversy, this time for kissing his male bandmate onstage during a concert in Malaysia.

29 May 2023


Uganda: President signs anti-LGBTQ law imposing jail, death penalty

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signed a contentious anti-gay bill into law on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Same-sex marriage: Are binary spouses necessary for marriage, asks CJI

On the third day of the Supreme Court hearing arguments on legalizing same-sex marriages on Thursday, Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud said that same-sex relationships are not just physical, but also stable and emotional.

18 Apr 2023


Equality for all: Countries where same-sex marriage is legal

As the Supreme Court of India hears final arguments on petitions seeking to legalize same-sex marriage, it is worth noting that a growing number of countries around the world have already taken this step.

22 Mar 2023


Uganda: Bill passed imposing jail term, death penalty for homosexuality

Uganda's parliament on Tuesday passed legislation criminalizing those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ).

11 Jan 2023

Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Bhagwat speaks in support of LGBTQ community

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) head Mohan Bhagwat spoke in support of the LGBTQ community, stating that they are humans and have the right to live like others.

06 Jan 2023

High Court

Supreme Court transfers all same-sex marriage recognition pleas to itself

The Supreme Court on Friday transferred all petitions seeking the recognition of same-sex marriages in India—which are pending before various High Courts—to itself, Live Law reported.

Same-sex marriages shouldn't be allowed: BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday strongly objected to same-sex marriages in the Parliament, saying "two judges can't decide" on the significant subject.

20 Nov 2022

Government of India

Promotion delayed due to my [homo]sexuality: Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

Senior Advocate Saurabh Kirpal accused the government of India of delaying his promotion because of his homosexuality, India Today reported

17 Mar 2022


'Heartstopper' trailer: This Netflix show looks like tender LGBTQ tale

Netflix has dropped the teaser for its upcoming series, Heartstopper.

21 Feb 2022


Lavender marriage: What is it and how does it work?

Despite LGBTQ+ rights undergoing several changes worldwide, full social acceptance of homosexuality is still a distant goal in several countries, including India.

Shift LGBTQ+ couple to safe house, provide security, orders HC

The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the police to shift an LGBTQ+ community couple wanting to get married and facing threats from families, to a safe house set up by the Delhi government and provide them adequate security.

'Nobody dying for lack of marriage-certificates': Centre on same-sex marriages

The Indian government today opposed the urgent hearing of petitions in the Delhi High Court seeking to recognize same-sex marriages in the country.

Megan Schutt disappointed with Stoinis, Pattinson's homophobic remarks

Australian seamer Megan Schutt revealed she was upset with her male counterparts James Pattinson and Marcus Stoinis' recent homophobic remarks.

Uttar Pradesh: Same-sex marriage of cousin girls shocks Varanasi

A temple in Varanasi witnessed a peculiar event on Tuesday, after two cousins, dressed in jeans and t-shirts, married one another.

07 Jun 2019


London homophobic attack: Lesbian-couple brutally thrashed for refusing to kiss

In a brutal homophobic attack in London, a lesbian couple was thrashed and robbed by some men on a bus after they refused to kiss.

08 Mar 2019

Farhan Akhtar

Wasn't afraid to play gay-character in 'Made In Heaven': Arjun

Actor Arjun Mathur says he was not afraid to play a gay character in Made in Heaven as he trusted creators Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti to treat the subject with a lot of sensitivity.

25 Jan 2019


Practo faces criticism for featuring doctors who offer 'homosexuality cures'

The Supreme Court took a landmark decision last year as it read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalized gay sex.

22 Jan 2019


Egyptian TV host interviews gay man, sentenced to jail, penalized

An Egyptian TV host was recently sentenced to one year in jail for interviewing a gay man last August.

10 Dec 2018


Delta, India's first homegrown dating-app for LGBTQ community is here

India, the country with its archaic laws has never made a welcoming environment for individuals belonging to the LGBTQ community.

Doctor in dock for using electric shocks to 'cure' homosexuality

It's been three months since the Supreme Court has scrapped IPC Section-377, which made gay sex 'unnatural'.

05 Dec 2018


UK: Gay Indian-origin man murdered wife to be with boyfriend

An Indian-origin man, Mitesh Patel, has been convicted of murdering his Indian-origin wife, Jessica Patel, at their Middlesbrough residence in UK.

03 Dec 2018

Pope Francis

Pope tells gay priests to leave, if can't be celibate

In what makes for his clearest statement on homosexuality, Pope Francis has asked homosexual clergy to leave priesthood if they cannot remain celibate.

10 Sep 2018


#Section377Verdict: India's first transgender bureaucrat plans to get married!

Encouraged by the Supreme Court's verdict of decriminalising homosexuality, India's first transgender bureaucrat, Aishwarya Rituparna Pradhan, wishes to get married to her long-time boyfriend.

08 Sep 2018


Section 377 based on Britain's Buggery Act of 1533: SC

The Supreme Court, which unanimously struck down part of the British-era law that criminalized gay sex, has traced the history of the 158-year-old provision in its judgment back to the reign of King Henry VIII in 1533.

07 Sep 2018


#ClosetsNoMore: Mumbai man's Facebook post on coming out goes viral

It was all cheers and happy tears in the compound of Supreme Court and the country, in general, on Thursday as the apex court declared homosexuality was no longer a crime in India.

06 Sep 2018


#LoveIsLove: How not to be a homophobic person

Now that the honorable Supreme Court has decriminalized gay sex, it's time for all of us to throw homophobia out of our lives.

06 Sep 2018


Malaysian PM Mahathir denounces caning of women for lesbian sex

Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad today denounced the caning of two women convicted of having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws after the punishment sparked a storm of criticism.

06 Sep 2018


Homosexuality not a crime, but same-sex marriage is unnatural: RSS

Homosexuality is not a crime, the RSS said on Thursday, while maintaining that it doesn't support same-sex marriage as it was "not natural".

06 Sep 2018


#RainbowTakesOver: Looking at judge's statements on landmark Section 377 judgement

The five-judge bench unanimously read down Section 377 of the IPC making 'Pride' the color of the season.

06 Sep 2018


These 6 activists are risking all to fight Section 377

All eyes are set on the Supreme Court as it will, in a short while, give judgement on Section 377. The hearings lasted for four days in July, and the constitutional bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra had reserved the verdict then.

06 Sep 2018


#LandmarkJudgement: Supreme Court rules homosexuality is no more a crime

In a landmark judgement, the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped IPC Section 377 which made gay sex 'unnatural'.

29 Aug 2018


Homophobic bullying in school drives 9-year-old boy to commit suicide

In a heart-breaking incident, a nine-year-old boy took his own life after enduring homophobic bullying in his Denver school.

16 Aug 2018


5 common myths about homosexuality debunked!

The world has not been kind to the same-sex loving community. It's high time we stop insulting and shaming these individuals, because having a different sexual orientation doesn't make them any less human.

12 Jul 2018


These arguments made in favor of Section 377 are appalling

The sane minds of India are rallying together to make Section 377 a thing of the past. But the arguments being given by supporters of the archaic law shows it won't be an easy battle.

11 Jul 2018


Things one should understand, before judging the LGBTQ community

For the longest time now, the LGBTQ community has been judged by heterosexual people. Why, you ask? Because, judging people different from us comes naturally to humans.

On decriminalizing Section-377, Centre leaves judgment to 'wisdom of SC'

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court began hearing plea on decriminalization of Section 377. While there are renewed hopes from these proceedings, there were many concerns about the Centre's position on it.

10 Jul 2018


These 6 activists are risking all to fight Section 377

The SC today began hearing a batch of petitions challenging Section 377 and demanding the recognition and dignity for gay people.

10 Jul 2018


Only abolishing Section 377 can cure Subramanian Swamy's homophobia

From his basket which nestles homophobic comments, Bharatiya Janata Party's Subramanian Swamy took out another explanation as to why Section 377 shouldn't be repealed.

10 Jul 2018


SC reconsiders gay rights laws: New hope this time

Rejecting the Center's request for a postponement, the SC has begun hearing pleas challenging Section 377.

11 Jun 2018


Two-girls in Mathura approach police for help to 'get married'

Two women, who claim to be majors, have approached the police in Mathura for help, saying they want to get married but their parents were opposing their relationship, a police official said.

17 May 2018


After IITians challenge Section 377, SC agrees to hear plea

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea filed by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) LGBT alumni associations regarding the decriminalization of homosexuality.

16 Apr 2018


Chinese social network Weibo will no longer ban gay content

Chinese micro-blogging website Sina Weibo has reversed its controversial decision to ban gay content from the platform following a massive outcry from the country's LGBT community.

03 Apr 2018


Singapore couple challenges forced marriage annulment after husband's sex change

In a rare incident, Singapore annulled the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change surgery last year, saying the nation-state didn't permit same-sex marriages.

20 Mar 2018

West Bengal

Homosexuality is not shameful. Using it to discriminate is

On March 8, twelve 13-year-old girl students of Kolkata's Bengali-medium Kamala Girls School were made to confess in writing by their headmistress that they were lesbians who practised "uncivilized" activities in school.

14 Mar 2018


Decriminalizing homosexuality: When archaic laws weigh down a young nation

In yet another crime stemming from deep homophobia and stigma surrounding homosexuals in India, an 18-year-old girl bludgeoned her mother to death in Ghaziabad last week because she didn't approve of her same-sex relationship with her 35-year-old teacher.

12 Mar 2018


Meet Manvendra Singh Gohil, India's only openly gay prince

What's it like to be the only openly gay crown prince in a country that criminalizes the act of homosexuality?

08 Mar 2018


Meet the first same-sex Australian couple to get legally married

The first homosexual couple to get married in Australia after it legalized same-sex weddings last December, could stay married only for 48 days.

12 Feb 2018


Bhopal: Closeted researcher kills himself to "save" gay partner

A 27-year-old nanotechnology researcher in Bhopal jumped into a lake, believing he would save his gay partner by killing himself.

08 Feb 2018


California bakeries can refuse to sell cake to gay customers

In a controversial judgment, a California court has ruled that bakeries in the US state can refuse services to same-sex couples if they find it in disagreement with their religious beliefs.

23 Jan 2018


Croatian kids can now read stories about same-sex families

There's more than one special thing about My Rainbow Family.

14 Jan 2018


Gay marriage: IIT-Bombay engineer marries boyfriend in traditional Maharashtrian ceremony

In what is being reported as India's first gay marriage, 40-year-old Hrishi Sathawane, an NRI techie, and his Vietnamese partner Vinh "tied the knot" in a traditional Maharashtrian Vedic wedding in Yavatmal.

08 Jan 2018


Dear Subramanian Swamy, why art thou so homophobic?

A celebrated homophobe, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is known for his plain disdain for the LGBTQ community.

08 Jan 2018


SC reconsiders Section 377: Hope for LGBT community this time

The controversial Section 377 that criminalizes homosexuality has once again reached the SC, where a three-judge bench agreed to review its 2013 decision upholding the law.

07 Dec 2017


Australia passes historic law legalizing gay marriage

It was a historic day in Australia as the Parliament cleared a Bill legalizing gay marriage to much cheers.

18 Nov 2017


Chinese still believe 'therapy' can help 'convert' gays

Australia might be on its way to legalizing same-sex marriage, but coming out is still a nightmare for most across the globe.

15 Nov 2017


Australia votes yes for gay marriage rights

Australia has voted overwhelmingly in support of same-sex marriage, with 61.6% voting yes.

Homosexuality is a tendency, not permanent: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Indian leaders have often made the news for their bizarre comments on homosexuality, but Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is one of the few who have been admired for their support to people regardless of sexuality.