SUPREME COURT ADMITS CURATIVE PETITION ON SECTION 377, REFERS IT TO 5 JUDGE BENCH

In a huge victory for LGBT Rights, Supreme Court referred the curative petition on Section 377 to a larger 5 judge constitutional bench. Mr. Kapil Sibal appeared on behalf of Voices Against 377. The matter was heard by three senior most judges of the court, including Chief Justice TS Thakur in an open court and the bench today agreed that the case needed to be relooked at … Continue reading SUPREME COURT ADMITS CURATIVE PETITION ON SECTION 377, REFERS IT TO 5 JUDGE BENCH

The long road ahead – Shaleen Rakesh

On 11 December 2013, the streets outside the Supreme Court of India thronged with a dazed crowd, hugging, sobbing and not quite sure what had happened. Inside the hushed courtroom, the judges had just passed a devastating ruling. Lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) in India had once again been labelled as criminals. Section 377, the 149-year-old colonial law that banned gay sex, had been upheld … Continue reading The long road ahead – Shaleen Rakesh

How Can Rape Be ‘Natural’? – Kavita Krishnan

The Raghavji case should generate new laws, not homophobic jokes from politicians Charges of sexual assault, rape, sexual exploitation, or sex-for-favours against political leaders are pretty common. Sexual violence, after all, is about power, not desire. And who has more power than MPs, MLAs and leaders from the country’s ruling parties? So what’s new in the Raghavji case that hasn’t already been seen in the … Continue reading How Can Rape Be ‘Natural’? – Kavita Krishnan

HONOURING SHIVANANDA DUNCAN GEORGE KHAN

            (JUNE 6, 1948 – MAY 20, 2013) Committed, passionate, inspiring, nurturing, visionary. Shivananda Khan was all of these, as he forged a pioneering path across the decades in helping achieve rights and equality for LGBT individuals and communities in diverse geographies and sociocultural environments from Europe to Asia and the Pacific. His death on May 20, 2013, in Lucknow, … Continue reading HONOURING SHIVANANDA DUNCAN GEORGE KHAN

The Hopeless Optimist – or the Art of Finding Something Positive in Everything – Maya

Scared of Feeling Lonely I came across this article, titled “women in same sex relationship a fearful lot”. To put it in plain language: the title sucks! I decided to read on. I agree with my fellow activists that women loving women do become victims of domestic violence. Yes it is true that many times, women in relationships and FtM trans-persons living with their girlfriends/wives … Continue reading The Hopeless Optimist – or the Art of Finding Something Positive in Everything – Maya