LGBTQ+: News

09 Jun 2023

Google Doodle

Google Doodle celebrates Willi Ninja, dancer and 'godfather of  voguing'

Google is celebrating the iconic American dancer Willi Ninja with a special doodle video today.

06 Jun 2023

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann donates food-trucks to Chandigarh's transgender community; but problems abound

Ayushmann Khurrana is one of the socially responsible actors in Bollywood. Recently, the Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui actor donated food trucks to the LGBTQ+ community in Chandigarh to empower the community in entrepreneurship.

03 Jun 2023


Pride Month special: Revisiting heartbreaking 'Thangam' from anthology 'Paava Kadhaigal'

Paava Kadhaigal (Sinful Tales), an anthology film, features four different stories by noted South Indian directors: Sudha Kongara, Vignesh Shivan, Gautham Vasudev Menon, and Vetrimaaran.

30 May 2023


Onir unveils first look of upcoming directorial, 'Pine Cone'

Filmmaker Onir has been one of the most vocal LGBTQ+ figures in India and has been producing stellar content over the years. The filmmaker unveiled the first look of his next directorial titled Pine Cone.

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.

27 May 2023

Delhi Police

Delhi: Police bust gay sextortion rackets, arrest 4 suspects

The Delhi Police on Friday busted two gay sextortion rackets active in South East Delhi and arrested four people who allegedly used to trap victims on social media, reported ANI.

23 May 2023


Joaquin Phoenix-Todd Haynes collaborate for NC-17 gay romantic drama

Joaquin Phoenix is one of the most adept actors in Hollywood, who is known for donning challenging roles on celluloid.

22 May 2023

Cannes Film Festival

4 work-in-progress human rights documentaries showcased at Cannes

The international documentary Labs and Forum Docs-by-the-Sea is presenting and showcasing work-in-progress films for the first time at the Marde u Film's Cannes Docs. Curator Gugi Gumilang spoke about the importance of showcasing films at such a global level and how it will help in representation.

17 May 2023


Kim Petras becomes first transgender model for 'Sports Illustrated'

German pop star Kim Petras became the first transgender cover model for the coveted Sports Illustrated magazine. The magazine unveiled its Swimsuit edition and Petras is seen posing for the cover alongside stalwarts like Megan Fox, Brooks Nader, and Martha Stewart.

16 May 2023


Onir's 'Pine Cone' to premiere at KMIFF 2023; details inside

Filmmaker Onir is known for his hard-hitting films. The director has been in the news for being a vocal LGBTQ+ figure and is known for his adept storytelling.

SC reserves judgment on petitions pertaining to same-sex marriage

After ten days of hearing, the Supreme Court (SC) Constitution Bench reserved its judgment on various petitions pertaining to marriage equality rights for the LGBTQIA+ community on Thursday.

05 May 2023

Movie Review

'UnWoman' review: Sensitive, piercing LGBTQ+ drama rooted in rural India

UnWoman, directed by Pallavi Roy Sharma and produced by Gunjan Goel, Susheel Sharman, and Shalmali Prakash, is a sensitive, poignant, searing drama that exposes the grim reality of the LGBTQ+ community in India, especially in the hinterlands.

03 May 2023

Government of India

Centre to form panel to look into LGBTQIA+ community issues

The central government has agreed to set up a committee to address "genuine human concerns" faced by members of the LGBTQIA+ community in their day-to-day lives, according to the news agency ANI.

28 Apr 2023

DY Chandrachud

Same-sex marriage would 'destroy' Indian beliefs: Hindu body to CJI

A Hindu religious body named Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha on Friday wrote an open letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, calling the legalization of same-sex marriage "unacceptable."

Time to update the laws: SC on marriage equality

On the sixth day of the Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality for the LGBTQ+ community, the five-judge Constitutional bench presiding over the matter said it's time to update the laws.

Consider leaving marriage equality to Parliament: Centre to SC

The Central government on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to consider leaving the decision regarding marriage equality for the LGBTQ+ community to Parliament.

26 Apr 2023

Met Gala

Political statements at Met Gala: LGBTQ+ Pride to equal rights 

The countdown to the most-awaited fashion event of the year has begun!

25 Apr 2023

DY Chandrachud

Parents of LGBTQIA+ members write to CJI, seek 'marriage equality'

Parents of more than 400 LGBTQIA+ children have written an open letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud asking him to consider the plea for marriage equality, reported CNBC.

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.

Centre seeks states' opinion on same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued hearing pleas seeking recognition of same-sex marriages and the Centre's petition opposing the former.

No absolute concept of man, woman: SC on same-sex marriage

Hearing a batch of pleas seeking recognition of same-sex marriages and the government's petition questioning the maintainability of the former, the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that there is no absolute concept of a man or woman.

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.

SC to hear same-sex marriage pleas, Centre's objection today

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a batch of petitions seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages in India and the Central government's plea challenging the maintainability of the petitions.

18 Apr 2023

OTT releases

OTT watchlist: 5 top BL dramas you absolutely can't miss

The emergence of OTT platforms has given birth to greater representation and gone are the days when love stories only revolved around a boy and a girl.

17 Apr 2023

Central Government

Same-sex marriage 'urban elitist' concept, judiciary can't legalize it: Centre

The Centre on Monday termed the demands for legal recognition of same-sex marriage as merely a voicing of "urban elitist views" for social acceptance.

17 Apr 2023


Same-sex marriage: Onir-Apurva Asrani slam Centre's 'urban elitist concept' comment

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is to hear petitions regarding legally recognizing same-sex marriages on Tuesday.

West Hollywood witnesses massive protests against anti-drag laws: All details  

On Sunday (April 9), thousands of protesters took to the streets in West Hollywood to protest against the recent anti-drag laws passed by the Government of Tennessee, United States.

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).

18 Mar 2023

Kiren Rijiju

Parliament must debate on same-sex marriage before SC decision: Rijiju

Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju stated on Saturday the issue of same-sex marriage must be debated in the Parliament to come up with a law as it represents all parts of the country.

15 Mar 2023

Blood Donation

Blood donation rules for LGBTQ+ across the globe

Blood donation is a selfless act that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

RSS jumps the gun as same-sex marriage awaits SC nod

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on Tuesday said that the organization supports the government's stance on same-sex marriage as marriage can only take place between persons of opposite genders.

'Seminal importance': SC refers same-sex marriage petitions to Constitution bench

While hearing petitions seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages, the Supreme Court stated on Monday that the issue was of "seminal importance" in India.

12 Mar 2023

Central Government

Same-sex marriages incompatible with 'Indian family' concept: Centre to SC

The central government on Sunday opposed the legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the country in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court.

06 Mar 2023


Japan will 'disappear' if people don't have kids: PM's advisor

Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's advisor Masako Mori, in a recent interview, said that the country would cease to exist if the fall in its birth rate is not immediately controlled.

RSS women's wing wants to teach babies 'sanskar' in womb

The Samvardhinee Nyas, a unit of the Rashra Sevika Samiti—the women's wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)—has reportedly launched a campaign called Garbha Sanskar (pregnancy culture) to "impart cultural values to babies in the womb."

22 Feb 2023

South Korea

Same-sex couples in South Korea finally enjoy same-spousal insurance coverage

When it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, many countries around the world have started practicing inclusivity.

20 Feb 2023

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson and girlfriend Ramona Agruma engaged; see photos

Actor Rebel Wilson took to Instagram to announce her engagement with girlfriend Ramona Agruma. She posted two photos flaunting the ring as the couple donned pink and white striped sweaters.

10 Feb 2023

Mental Health

How to support a child exploring gender or sexual identity

Wondering how to support your child as they explore their gender and sexuality but are not sure where to start?

05 Feb 2023


#LoveIsLove: Debunking 5 myths about LGBTQ+ community

After decades of being sidelined and looked down upon, the LGBTQ+ community around the world (barring a few countries) has finally received its due rights in today's time.

25 Jan 2023

Republic Day

Republic Day: Parade includes transgenders; front row for rickshaw pullers

This year's Republic Day Parade is about being thoughtful and inclusive.

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.

06 Jan 2023


'Stranger Things' star Noah Schnapp comes out as gay

Hollywood actor Noah Schnapp is out of the closet!

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.

SC seeks Centre's response on pleas to recognize same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre and Attorney-General for India R Venkataramani on two pleas seeking the recognition of same-sex marriages under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

22 Nov 2022

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup: US journalist detained for wearing rainbow t-shirt

A US journalist covering the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar has claimed that security officials detained him outside a stadium for wearing a rainbow t-shirt showing support to the LGBTQ+ community.

21 Nov 2022

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup: Why are European teams abandoning 'OneLove' armband?

Seven European nations, England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark have decided to abandon the "OneLove" armbands.

26 Sep 2022


Italy: Far-right leader Meloni set to become first woman PM

Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni is set to become the first woman prime minister of Italy and succeed Mario Draghi after scoring a clear victory in Sunday's general election.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day 2022: Meaning and India's take on bisexuality

September 23 marks Celebrate Bisexuality Day every year.

Unmarried partnerships, queer relationships count as family: Supreme Court

Familial relationships may take the form of domestic, unmarried partnerships, or queer relationships, said a Supreme Court bench in a noteworthy observation.

13 Aug 2022


5 best queer love novels you must read

Queer romantic novels challenge readers to explore worlds beyond conventional definitions.

12 Aug 2022


Reignite your passion for romance with 2022's best romantic novels

Falling in love with fiction is good but fiction leading your way to love is a lot more beautiful.

04 Jul 2022


Leena Manimekalai's 'Kaali' poster invites major flak; netizens demand arrest

Director Leena Manimekalai is drawing major flak on social media for "deliberately hurting Hindu sentiments."

21 Jun 2022

Defence Ministry

#NewsBytesExclusive: DefMin rejecting script on gay soldier 'homophobic,' says Onir

In January, National Award-winning director Onir revealed the script of his upcoming anthology We Are was rejected by the Defence Ministry.

Pride Month special: Revisiting Hansal Mehta's brilliant LGBTQ+ drama 'Aligarh'

Manoj Bajpayee-Rajkummar Rao starrer Aligarh (2015) is a landmark film in the Indian LGBTQ+ landscape.

10 Jun 2022


#LoveIsLove: Rebel Wilson comes out, confirms relationship with Ramona Agruma

Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson recently came out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

09 Jun 2022


#NewsBytesExclusive: Bollywood LGBTQ+ movies often miss mark, says 'Admitted' helmer

Admitted became the Best Documentary Film at this year's Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF).

08 Jun 2022


Pride Month: Looking at loud and proud queer Indian celebrities

From making homosexuals a butt of jokes in films such as Kya Kool Hain Hum to eventually portraying the matter sensitively in dramas such as Badhaai Do, Bollywood has come a long way.

06 Jun 2022


Same sex wedding destinations across the globe

A wedding is supposed to be a gay affair, no pun intended!

03 Jun 2022


Pride Month: All you need to know about it

June 1-30 is celebrated as Pride Month in the United States.

01 June 2022


Celebrate 'Pride Month' by watching these 5 web shows

June has officially started, which means only one thing: Pride Month is here!

11 May 2022


#NewsBytesExclusive: 'Oneness' director explains why we need more LGBTQ+ films

Filmmaker Priyakanta Laishram was 15 when he experienced a sexual identity crisis. But he had no one to guide him.

25 Apr 2022


'Oneness' becomes Manipur's first film to address homosexuality, societal discrimination

Oneness is an upcoming Manipuri film that talks about the alleged honor killing of a gay youth in 2013.

25 Apr 2022


'Lock Upp': Saisha Shinde talks facing abuse, backlash upon sharing

On Sunday, Lock Upp hosted the Judgement Day episode, where contestants shared some dark secrets to avoid elimination.

13 Apr 2022

Jude Law

'Fantastic Beasts 3': Warner Bros. censors gay dialog for China

And the saga of censoring gay scenes/dialogs in Hollywood movies before screening in certain regions continues.

17 Mar 2022


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

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