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Hope Lost: India’s Transgenders and the Trans Bill 2018 Understand why the now lapsed bill drew such strong criticism

The Transgender Bill 2018, introduced by the Modi government, ostensibly to ‘protect’ the Transgender community has evoked strong reactions from the community as well as progressive minded people throughout India. It is largely seen as a conservative, even devious piece of legislation that will irreversibly harm the Transgender community. In this must watch video, CJP…

Controversial Anti-Trafficking Bill tabled in Parliament Critics say it could further harm vulnerable communities

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Maneka Gandhi, the Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD), tabled a Bill aimed at curbing human trafficking in India. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 was first approved by the Union Cabinet in February…

Stonewall Uprising: A Rainbow Rebellion, Not a Riot An account of the event that sparked the Gay Rights Revolution in the United States

June 28 marks the anniversary of Stonewall Uprising, one of the most important events in the international LGBTQ movement. It started with a raid by the New York Police Department (NYPD) at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City in the early hours of the morning in 1969. This was followed by days…

Homophobia is Anti-National: Keshav Suri #DesiMillennial Interview on decriminalisation of Section 377

Section 377, that criminalises ‘unnatural sex‘ has been the bane of every Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) person’s existence in India. But with feisty Millennials like Keshav Suri moving the Indian Supreme Court to decriminalise Section 377, it appears that the day is not far when the sun would shine bright…

Brazil Supreme Court ruling facilitates legal recognition for transgender people

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s government cannot mandate judicial review or medical procedures for transgender people wishing to alter their name and gender marker on identification papers, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported. Previously, transgender people in Brazil had been allowed to change their name and legal gender on certain identification documents and in the…

Rainbow through the Years A photo gallery of the Mumbai Queer Azaadi March from yesteryears

The gay pride parade, called Queer Azaadi March, was first held in Mumbai in 2008. Since then it has been held annually and has grown from strength to strength. Participation has varied between 8,000 to 12,000 people from not just India’s vibrant LGBTQIA community, but also their friends, families, coworkers and other supporters. The QAM…

Tabular Critique of the Transgender Bill 2016 Community Resources

This table compares the provisions in the Transgender Persons [Protection of Rights] Bill 2016 that will reportedly be tabled in the winter session of the Indian Parliament against the criticisms made by trans*, gender variant, and intersex groups, and the demands for revisions required to protect our rights. This was originally published on Sampoorna India Blog PROVISION…

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