LGBTQ+: News

13 Jun 2024


LGBTQ+ film representation increases, TV depicts a decline: Luminate report

Shows and film executives are increasingly trying to increase diversity on-screen.

12 Jun 2024

Lok Sabha

108 MPs of 18th LS vocal on LGBTQIA+ issues: Report 

As many as 108 out of the 543 newly elected MPs in the 18th Lok Sabha have been "vocal" about LGBTQIA+ issues, according to Pinklist India, a digital archive advocating for India's queer community.

07 Jun 2024


'Heartstopper' Season 3: Cast, new additions, possible plot, release date

Netflix's popular coming-of-age romantic comedy, Heartstopper, is confirmed to return for a third season.

07 Jun 2024

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson's 'Am I OK?' finally released: Story, premise, cast

The much-awaited film Am I OK?, featuring Dakota Johnson and comedian Tig Notaro, started streaming in the US on Thursday.

03 Jun 2024

Pride Month

Sophia Bush marks first Pride Month since publicly coming out

Sophia Bush, the 41-year-old actor renowned for her role on One Tree Hill, recently celebrated her first Pride Month since publicly identifying as queer.

02 Jun 2024


Adele shuts down homophobic heckler's 'pride sucks' remark in style

During one of her "Weekends with Adele" Las Vegas residency shows, Adele encountered a heckler shouting "Pride sucks."

29 May 2024


Skipped twice? 'Bridgerton 4' update sparks concern over Benedict's role

Fans of Netflix's popular series, Bridgerton, may face a longer wait for the unfolding of Benedict Bridgerton's story.

28 May 2024

Pope Francis

Pope Francis allegedly used derogatory term for LGBT community: Reports

Pope Francis has reportedly used a derogatory term for the LGBT community during a private meeting with Italian bishops, as per Italian media reports.

28 May 2024


Richard Dreyfuss's 'sexist,' 'homophobic rant' sparks walkouts at 'Jaws' screening 

Richard Dreyfuss, the star of Jaws, has ignited a firestorm of controversy following his remarks at a retrospective screening of the film in Beverly, Massachusetts.

19 May 2024

Cannes Film Festival

Luca Guadagnino-Daniel Craig's upcoming film 'Queer' is three-hours-long 

Luca Guadagnino's latest cinematic creation, Queer, is reportedly slated for its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, commencing on August 28.

12 May 2024

Movie Review

NewsBytes Recommends: 'My Mother's Girlfriend'—tender exploration of homosexual love

Arun Fulara's My Mother's Girlfriend, which premiered in 2021, is a 15-minute-long short that tenderly and effectively explores the dynamics of LGBTQ+ love amid the backdrop of India's evolving yet largely conservative society.

12 May 2024


Who is Nemo? First non-binary winner of Eurovision Song Contest

Swiss rapper and multi-instrumentalist Nemo has scripted history by becoming the first non-binary winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.

08 May 2024


Sydney council removes same-sex parenting books from libraries

The Cumberland City Council in Western Sydney, Australia has voted to remove books discussing same-sex parenting from local libraries.

07 May 2024


Apple launches 2024 Pride Collection in India

Apple has introduced its 2024 Pride Collection in India, a range of products created to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.

19 Apr 2024

Deepa Mehta

'Spirit of Ecstasy,' 'Mutt' to headline Kashish LGBTQ+ Film Festival

The 2024 edition of the Kashish LGBTQ+ film festival in Mumbai will feature Héléna Klotz's Spirit of Ecstasy and Vuk Lungulov-Klotz's Mutt as its main attractions.

11 Apr 2024

JK Rowling

Trans-identity paper: Rowling thinks Daniel, Emma should 'save their apologies'

The ongoing disagreement between Harry Potter author JK Rowling and transgender rights advocates has taken a new turn.

10 Apr 2024

Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner-Ben Affleck's daughter adopts new name; reveals trans identity

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's 15-year-old daughter, previously known as Seraphina Rose, has come out as trans.

05 Apr 2024

Mallikarjun Kharge

Law on civil unions between queer couples in Congress manifesto 

The Congress on Friday released its manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

03 Apr 2024


'Euphoria' actor Hunter Schafer has rejected trans roles. Here's why 

Actor Hunter Schafer, known for her role in the teen series Euphoria, has been consciously avoiding roles that stereotype her based on her gender identity.

01 Apr 2024


Russian LGBTQ+ club owner detained on extremism charges

As Russia intensifies its crackdown against what it calls "extremism", authorities have arrested the owner of an LGBTQ+ club in Orenburg.

28 Mar 2024


Meta enabling anti-transgender hate speech on its platforms, says GLAAD

GLAAD, a prominent global LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization, has accused Meta of facilitating the spread of anti-transgender hate speech across its platforms.

27 Feb 2024


Onir slams discrimination against LGBTQ+ community in blood donation camps

Filmmaker Onir is known for his raw and hard-hitting films in Bollywood. The director has been always vocal about LGBTQ+ community rights and has voiced his opinion against discrimination.

16 Feb 2024


Greece legalizes same-sex marriage, first for an Orthodox Christian nation

The Greek parliament passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage on Thursday (local time), marking a landmark victory for human rights in Greece.

14 Feb 2024


Must-watch documentaries on the LGBTQ+ community

Documentaries are the rawest form of storytelling and one of the best mediums for the voiceless, including the LGBTQIA+ community.

13 Feb 2024


Taliban shuts down '' LGBTQ+ Mastodon instance: What's next?

The Afghanistan government, now under Taliban control, has unexpectedly shut down the "" Mastodon instance, as reported by 404 Media.

30 Jan 2024

Web Series

Must-watch shows that focus on the LGBTQ+ community

Dive into a world of rich narratives, authentic characters, and diverse experiences as we explore the best LGBTQ+ shows that have left an indelible mark on television.

14 Jan 2024

South Korea

Explainer: Evolution of LGBTQ+ representation in South Korean films, dramas

Online or offline, South Korean content's influence pervades the global landscape.

05 Jan 2024


'Kaathal—The Core' review: Audacious LGBTQ+ drama bolstered by astounding performances 

Jeo Baby's Kaathal—The Core—now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, is the kind of drama that you could spend hours dissecting; a film you want to continue rolling even after the end credits.

06 Dec 2023


Canadian medical journal recognizes lesser-known sexual orientation: Greysexuality

In a groundbreaking move that heralds a new era of inclusivity, the Canadian Medical Association Journal has officially acknowledged "greysexuality" as a distinct sexual orientation.

04 Dec 2023

Billie Eilish

Revisiting times when celebrities were trolled for sexual orientations

In a November interview with Variety, singer Billie Eilish came out as bisexual.

30 Nov 2023


Nepal becomes first Asian country to register queer marriages

Nepal has become the first South Asian country to register a same-sex marriage, following a Supreme Court order that removed barriers to such unions.

SC may hear pleas challenging marriage equality verdict on Tuesday

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a batch of petitions seeking a review of its October 17 verdict denying legal recognition to same-sex marriage on November 28.

01 Nov 2023

DY Chandrachud

Review petition filed against Supreme Court's same-sex marriage verdict

A petition was submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging its October 17 verdict that denied legal recognition to same-sex marriages in India.

01 Nov 2023

OTT releases

Trinetra Haldar's 'Rainbow Rishta' docu-series trailer out; release date inside

The OTT giant Amazon Prime Video has unveiled the trailer of Rainbow Rishta, a documentary series that delves into the lives and experiences of India's LGBTQ+ community.

18 Oct 2023


Latest countries to legalize same-sex marriage.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India delivered a judgment on appeals seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Bhumi Pednekar, Onir voice discontent over SC's same-sex marriage verdict

The Supreme Court's recent decision to reject legal recognition for same-sex marriages in India has left many Bollywood celebrities disheartened.

17 Oct 2023


Indian titles that showcased LGBTQIA+ protests

Bollywood has always had a knack for making films that revolve around historic judgments or protests. Over the years, it has also made numerous films on the LGBTQIA+ community.

SC denies adoption rights to LGBTQIA+ couples in 3-2 verdict

The Supreme Court's five-judge Constitution bench on Tuesday denied adoption rights to LGBTQ+ unmarried couples by passing a 3-2 verdict.

17 Oct 2023

DY Chandrachud

Supreme Court refuses to legalize same-sex marriage: Everything to know

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against legally recognizing same-sex marriages in a 3:2 verdict.

End discrimination against LGBTQIA+ community: SC directs governments, police

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed governments at the Centre, states, and union territories to ensure that the LGBTQIA+ community does not face any discrimination in day-to-day life, Hindustan Times reported.

17 Oct 2023

DY Chandrachud

Queer unions: SC directs Centre's committee to decide on rights

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against legally recognizing same-sex marriages in India.

Queer couples should have child adoption rights: CJI Chandrachud

CJI DY Chandrachud on Tuesday reportedly held as "illegal" certain guidelines under the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), which restrict queers and unmarried couples from adopting children.