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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Representation ≠ Advertisement

As pride month approaches, the LGBTQIA+ community calls out the prevalence of tokenism in queer representation. Sonepat: The celebration of pride month brings a sense of belonging and recognition for the LGBTQIA+ community; promoting self-affirmation, dignity, and equality. But, the token representation of the queer community in media during this time does more harm than good.  […]

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