India again abstains at U.N. vote on LGBTQ Independent Expert, draws criticism

Despite decriminalising homosexuality, India has abstained from voting in favour of LGBTQ rights at the United Nations Human Rights Council. India had also abstained during the 2016 vote on appointment of the Independent Expert. A resolution was moved by Latin American states seeking to renew the mandate of independent expert on protection against violence and… Continue reading India again abstains at U.N. vote on LGBTQ Independent Expert, draws criticism

Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage in first for Asia

Taiwan has legalized same-sex marriage, making it the first Asian country to do so. In 2017, the Taiwan’s apex Court had ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the Taiwanese Constitution. It also directed the government to make necessary changes to the law with two years. Same-sex marriage is legal in 26… Continue reading Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage in first for Asia

Brunei says it won’t enforce gay death penalty after backlash

Brunei has extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting sax-sex relationships and adultery. The moratorium comes in the backdrop of global backlash against the country led by international human rights groups and celebrities. In April, Brunei had introduced Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO), the first country in Southeast Asia to have… Continue reading Brunei says it won’t enforce gay death penalty after backlash

Breaking new ground: Madras High Court upholds marriage between man, transwoman

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has upheld that the marriage solemnised between a man and a transwoman was valid under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and ordered its registration. The judgement comes in the backdrop of a case of a couple who sought a direction to the Joint Registrar to register their… Continue reading Breaking new ground: Madras High Court upholds marriage between man, transwoman

Post SC judgement, LGBTQI community now in search of inclusive shelters

A recent study titled “Survivor speak – call for action from five states” has highlighted that lesbians and trans-women from the LGBTQI community look forward for inclusive and special shelters. The study was conducted in Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya by different voluntary organisations under the banner of Lam- Lynti Chittara Neralu (LCN)… Continue reading Post SC judgement, LGBTQI community now in search of inclusive shelters