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United Nations goes ‘Bollywood’ in latest effort to promote LGBT rights

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
United Nations
MUMBAI -- The United Nations human rights office on Wednesday launched the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called "The Welcome," accompanied by an appeal from the U.N. Secretary-General to end the prejudice that forces millions of LGBT people to live in fear or hide in shame.

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India Supreme Court to hear curative plea on law criminalizing gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Supreme Court of India in New Delhi.
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea by gay rights activists to reconsider its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes same-sex sexual activity.

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India’s supreme court recognizes transgender people as third gender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Indian eunuchs dance after Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Nagpur, India, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
NEW DELHI — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

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Mumbai sees record turnout for gay pride after India court re-criminalizes gay sex

Sunday, February 2, 2014
TwitterParticipants unfurl a rainbow flag a Mumbai pride on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
MUMBAI, India -- A record crowd estimated at over 5,000 participants turned out for gay pride in Mumbai on Saturday, the first pride event since the country's supreme court reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex.

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India Supreme Court refuses to review verdict that criminalizes homosexuality

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
APGay rights activists hold placards during a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality.
NEW DELHI - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to reconsider its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes homosexuality.

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Leading Indian psychiatrist: Homosexuality is unnatural, gays should seek treatment

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Dr. Indira Sharma
MUMBAI – The former head of the national India Psychiatric Society described homosexuality as "unnatural" and that “homosexuals uncomfortable with their sexuality should seek psychiatric help.”

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Global LGBT rights: Anti-gay laws, attitudes hold sway in many regions

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Binsar Bakkara, APA gay rights activist with multicolored paint on her face and matching umbrella participates in a 2012 protest demanding equality for LGBTQ people in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. In heavily Muslim Indonesia, gay sex is not criminalized, and many young, urban Indonesians are relatively tolerant of homosexuality, but most citizens consider it unacceptable.
While gay-rights activists celebrate gains in much of the world, their setbacks have been equally far-flung, and often sweeping in scope. Globally, the contrasts are striking... at least 76 countries retain laws criminalizing gay sex, including five where it's punishable by death.

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Activists say India ruling criminalizing homosexuality hurts HIV fight

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Altaf Qadri, APIn this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Lakshmi Tripathi, a transgender activist delivers a speech during a protest in New Delhi against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in India. Gay rights activists and health workers in India are warning that the ruling will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground.
NEW DELHI -- Gay rights activists and health workers in India are warning that a new Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground.

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India government asks high court to review its decision on anti-gay law

Friday, December 20, 2013
India
NEW DELHI — India's government asked the country's Supreme Court on Friday to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison.

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India political party leader says gay U.S. diplomats should be ‘arrested, punished’

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Yashwant Sinha
NEW DELHI, India -- The leader of India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Wednesday that India should “arrest and punish" U.S. diplomats in India who have “same sex companions” as same-sex acts is illegal in the country.

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