For Cecilia Gahuman, it was a wish come true. For the first time in almost 10 years, she can now meet her same-sex fiancé, Hawaii-based Filipino-American Maria Carla Antonio, face to face. Gahuman was among the two Filipinos who were granted fiancé visas by the US Embassy in Manila following a new US State policy allowing US citizens to petition their same-sex partners. >>>
Now that the Supreme Court has restored the 19th-century ban on homosexuality, when all the arguments are done, when we Indians have heard everything about freedom over our bodies and homosexuality being a Western import and the right to privacy and more, maybe it’s time to remember our traditions. Perhaps there are lessons there about homosexuality too. >>>
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Indian law against homosexuality cannot be overturned except by Parliament, gay sex is illegal once again, making it that much harder for young gay, lesbian and transgender Indians to identify themselves as such.
This makes the staff of Q Radio, the only Internet radio channel in India for the L.G.B.T. community, take their mission all the more seriously, even as the fledgling station risks the possibility of prosecution as talk show hosts and guests discuss topics like coming out of the closet. >>>
Transgender Americans can now petition for family-based visas on behalf of their Filipino spouses, fiancés and children as the United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple on December 2.
Prompting international outrage, the Supreme Court of India has overturned a “reading-down” of the notorious Section 377 of the India Penal Code. This, in effect, reinstated a law that is widely understood to criminalise homosexuality. Many see this as a betrayal of basic human rights, particularly freedom of sexual expression and protection from harassment and abuse on grounds of sexual difference. >>>
An enterprising group of eunuchs is running a successful dhaba (highway eatery) 4 km from here. Satara Dhaba is located at Thippareddy Auto Nagar (Kyadigere) on the Pune-Bangalore National Highway.
The Indian Government has confirmed that it will not seek to pass a law repealing India’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law until all avenues for appeal through the courts are exhausted – something that could take months. >>>
Israel’s first elected gay Member of the Knesset, Nitzan Horowitz, has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using Iran’s persecution of homosexuals to attack it on the world stage while doing nothing to advance gay rights at home. >>>
In response to an identified need in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth communities, Oogachaga has developed a series of ten videos explaining human sexuality. Presented in various formats, with each lasting around 5 minutes, the videos provide answers to questions about sexual orientation, coming out and sexual health, and tackle issues like bullying and what parents can do to support their children. >>>
Hindu nationalist BJP senior leader Yashwant Sinha has called for US diplomats who have gay sex on Indian soil to be arrested in response to a diplomatic incident where an Indian diplomat was charged in the US with visa fraud and for paying her housekeeper less than $4 an hour. >>>
An Indian guru has said anyone who supports gay rights must have the ‘gay disease’. Baba Ramdev, a spiritual leader known for popularizing yoga, was asked for his comments on the leaders of the ruling party opposing a law banning homosexuality. Last week, the Supreme Court in India shocked the world by recriminalizing 12.5% of the world’s LGBTI population.
A gay Sikh man who was protesting against the Indian Supreme Court order restoring a ban on gay sex, alleges that he was blacked out of Facebook temporarily after he posted a photograph of himself kissing another man.
From Mumbai to Boston, more than 30 cities across the world united on Sunday’s Global Day of Rage to fight for India’s LGBT community after the country’s Supreme Court upheld Section 377 of the Constitution criminalizing homosexuality. >>>