India, Asia

India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the largest democracy in the world. It has the world's twelfth largest economy at market exchange rates and the fourth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms have transformed it into the second fastest growing large economy; however, it still suffers from high levels of poverty.

Homosexuality in India is generally considered a taboo subject by both Indian civil society and the government. Scholars differ in their views of the position of homosexuality within India's main religious traditions. There have been arguments that homosexuality was both prevalent and accepted in ancient Hindu society. Since 2001 a major legal challenge was mounted against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexuality. The Delhi High Court ruled in favor of decriminalisation on 2nd July 2009. This ruling had the effect of making homosexuality legal across India. However many religious and fundamentalist groups have challenged the judgement in the Supreme Court, and a final judgement from the Supreme Court is pending as of 2011.  Also see: Islam and Homosexuality

 

 

Gay India News & Reports 2006

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Bombay Yahoo Group: http://www.gaybombay.org/ 1 Gay prostitution on the rise in the City of Joy 1/06 2 Actor and Director Anupam Kher is Happy and Gay 1/06 3 Anger at ‘shameful’ India gay law 1/06 4 Protests mount in India over arrest of gay men 1/06 5 Indian gay… Read more »

Gay India News & Reports 2005

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Bombay Yahoo Group: http://www.gaybombay.org/ 1 Lesbian couple sparks debate in Uttar Pradesh state 4/05 2 HC hands over alleged lesbian couple to parents 4/05 3 Transvestites get ”married” 4/05 4 Bollywood and Bomgay (1) 5/05 5 Bollywood and Bomgay (2) 5/05 6 AIDS Rises in India—Gay sex accused 5/05… Read more »

Gay India News & Reports 2004

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Bombay Yahoo Group: http://www.gaybombay.org/ 1 Film fest with a difference 1/04 2 India’s Gay Community To Fight Fast Spread Of AIDS 1/04 3 Twenty percent of Mumbai’s gay are HIV positive 5/04 4 Anti-Gay Extremists Torch Theater Playing Lesbian Film 6/04 5 City gays, lesbians yearn for open-mindedness 6/04… Read more »

Gay India News & Reports 2003

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Bombay Yahoo Group: http://www.gaybombay.org/ 1 India Court: Govt Must Clarify Stand On Gay Relations 1/03 2 Male model exposes gay Bollywood (Bombay) 5/03 3 Gay Bombay comes out 6/03 4 Gay and gloomy (2003) 6/03 5 Rally to promote rights for sexual minorities 6/03 6 Gays slowly but stealthily… Read more »

Gay India News & Reports 2002

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Bombay Yahoo Group: http://www.gaybombay.org/ 1 Two Gay Judges Urge Liberalisation of Gay Sex Laws In India 1/02 2 Glitter and Gumboots: Delhi University Wakes Up To Same Sex Love 2/02 3 Govt seeks time to reply on PIL making gay relations legal 4/02 4 ‘Muggy Night’ Raises the Curtain… Read more »

Gay India News & Reports 2000-01

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Bombay Yahoo Group: http://www.gaybombay.org/ Film: ’68 Pages’  http://68pages.blogspot.com/ A searingly honest film (2007) about five lives marked by pain and bound by hope – in 68 Pages of a counselor’s diary. A transsexual bar dancer, a prostitute, a gay couple – characters often ignored by Indian cinema take center… Read more »

Chennai’s First Transgender Talk-show host ‘Rose’ Gives a Voice to Sexual Minorities

When Rose speaks, Tamil Nadu stops to listen. Perhaps it is the air of nonchalant confidence that she exudes, or it is her perceptive mind that dissects tangled and tricky issues, making them straight and simple. Rose’s reasoning works. And the fact that she is not afraid to delve into any issue, be it workplace… Read more »