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India appoints first transgender individual as college principal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Manabi Banerjee
Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women's College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state. ...

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Central India city elects country’s first transgender mayor

Monday, January 5, 2015
Madhu Kinnar
Just nine months after a court in India ruled that transgender individuals could be recognized as a legal third gender, a city in central India has elected the country's first transgender mayor. ...

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Gay rights activists march in New Delhi to demand an end to discrimination

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Participants carry placards and shout slogans during a gay rights parade in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society.
NEW DELHI -- Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society. Holding balloons, flags and placards, activists and their supporters sang songs ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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