Men wearing makeup is the ‘new normal’

From Harry Styles and Ranveer Singh to ordinary men, men are embracing makeup, sarees, skirts, jewellery and painted nails. Bengaluru: Paati Purohit, a Gender Consultant at JSW Foundation, Vijaynagar said social media is helping men to normalize breaking gender stereotypes. She said that social media influencers and, feminist and LGBTQIA activists’ accounts have made it […]

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FPAI launches programme to make healthcare accessible to LGBTQIA+

The Movement Acceleration Project will create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ communities to access medical counseling. Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) announced the Movement Acceleration Project for the medical betterment of LGBTQIA+ community. Dr. Sharada Nasimath, the President of FPAI, Bangalore spoke at a press conference today, “The focus is on overcoming these issues […]

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Gender sensitization workshops – A formality for Indian companies

Despite a mandate under the Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal (POSH) Act, companies either fail to conduct regular workshops or address it lightly with no real impact. Asha Bansal was an integrated service company employee some years ago. She overheard her male colleagues discussing a client proposal. They said, having a woman with them should make […]

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Mental health troubles gender minorities

Despite high mental health and suicide risks among gender minorities, prevention efforts remain stagnant.  Uma, a transgender activist and founder of Jeeva organisation said, “My friend Sujata *name changed* committed suicide a year ago after being betrayed by her former partner when she came out as transgender. Her inability to carry the shame of being […]

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Section 377 is gone, but schools are stuck in the British era

Educators say that an in-depth syllabus must be created to sensitize children about the LGBTQIA+ community. On September 6, 2018, 13-year-old *Rashmi rejoiced as the Supreme Court declared that Section 377 of the Indian constitution (British-era law that prohibited gay sex) was decriminalized. Although she was bisexual, she was happy because of the progressive step. […]

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ART bill not queer friendly

The opposition claims that the recently passed bill in the Lok Sabha is discriminatory for LGBTQIA+ community and single men seeking fatherhood. Queer activists say that the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Regulation Bill is not only discriminatory but also homophobic in nature. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister says that the contradiction in two existing laws […]

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No direction home yet for Bengaluru trans community

 Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum says that at least 60 percent of the transgender community has no access to BPL cards. Bengaluru: The state government is yet to create state and district cells for transgenders under its Policy on Transgenders, 2017. The unavailability of the cells and a transgender census results in the community not getting […]

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No PrEP for HIV susceptible people in India

WHO in its guidelines to eradicate AIDS by 2030 had recommended PrEP as a preventive medicine but India remains amongst those who didn’t adopt it. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medicine that prevents Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection remains inaccessible to Indians who are susceptible to it. WHO says PrEP can reduce the risk of infection […]

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Queer students await safe spaces in colleges

Challenges continue for LGBTQIA+ community as college washrooms and hostels are segregated for only males and females. Non-binary students in Bangalore colleges are at discomfort due to lack of gender-neutral housing and washrooms. College authorities are yet to finish building such spaces as directed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Tata Institute of Social […]

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