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First same-sex marriage at Anglican church in UK to be held this summer

Source www.theguardian.com

20th July 2017

The first same-sex marriage at an Anglican church in the UK is expected to take place in Glasgow later this summer. St Mary's Cathedral has become the first in the country to be given permission to conduct gay weddings, a month after the Scottish Episcopal church general synod voted overwhelmingly to allow its churches to host the ceremonies.

Come out! Come out! Come out!': 50 years of gay liberation – video

Source www.theguardian.com

26th July 2017

On the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, Owen Jones speaks to a man imprisoned for his sexuality and the activists and campaigners who have fought for LGBTQ rights and equality. From the Sexual Offences Act 1967, to section 28 and the Aids epidemic in the 1980s, to the equal marriage rights obtained in 2013, he discovers how much progress LGBT communities have made – and how far there is still to travel.

 

8 Schools & Colleges In India With In-Campus LGBT Support Groups

Source www.gaysifamily.com

28th April 2016

 

School and College time is the time for major crushes, identity evaluation and all that goes with it. One needs to be assured of the best support in campus, as much as at home.

Transgender model to feature in India fashion show for first time

Source in.reuters.com

Mon Jan 9, 2017

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MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A transgender model will walk the ramp at one of India's premier fashion events next month for the first time, a sign of greater acceptance of a community that is ostracised despite recent laws ensuring their protection and more opportunities.

Pink: The colour of money

Source www.mid-day.com

23rd December 2012

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The answer in many respects depends on what we mean by homosexuality. Do we limit ourselves only to sexual acts between members of the same sex and leave out romantic affection? Do we distinguish between those men who occasionally have sex with other men but otherwise live heterosexual lives, and those for whom their sexual preference forms the core of their identity? Do we consider same-sex intercourse that occurs in the course of a subterfuge, or as a result of frustration or desperation? And do we include liaisons involving those who consider themselves neither male nor female (for example, hijras)? Definitions are important because ‘homosexuality’ does not connote the same thing to all people. Besides, the meaning has changed over time. As has the meaning of heterosexuality.

5 first transgenders of India we should be proud of!

Source www.indiatvnews.com

In India, transgenders are seen as a marginalized section of the society and often their social and economic status is put under question.As per the 2011 census, India has as many as 4,90,000 transgenders and In India, transgenders are seen as a marginalized section of the society and often their social and economic status is put under question.

As per the 2011 census, India has as many as 4,90,000 transgenders and yet their identity has always been a questionable matter until, Supreme Court of India in a recent landmark judgement declared this community as The Third Gender.  

 

LGBT pride walk in Kolkata protests violence against all genders

Source www. firstpost.com

8th July 2013

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Kolkata: Several hundred members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community decked up in psychedelic accessories, proudly walked and danced their way through in the oldest pride walk in south Asia - Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk - Sunday to protest violence against women and sexual minorities.

In its 12th year, the Kolkata Pride Walk witnessed participation of Indians (from Odisha, Delhi, Bangalore etc.) as well as foreigners from Nepal, African countries and the US and also underscored the need to legalise gay marriage in the country.

"Initially the core issue was to spread awareness but now the walk has evolved as a way to fight for our rights. This year we have focused on legalising gay marriage in India and acceptance of the LGBT community as part of the mainstream," Madhu, a transvestite, told IANS.

Hinduism: Why are Khajuraho's Temples full of sexually explicit sculptures? Any historical reason behind this?

Source www.quora.com

 

The temples often are the replicas of the cosmology of the universe. Just as in the Vedic cosmology there are fourteen planetary systems, and beyond these fourteen planetary systems is Vaikuntha. When a seeker is moving towards spiritual world, towards Vaikuntha, the abode of the Lord, he/she has to pass through the heavenly planets. These heavenly planets have many allurements of the pleasure, the seeker has to resist getting allured by these pleasures, and stay focused on the goal of Vaikuntha. If he/she gets attracted by these worldly pleasures, (they are worldly in the sense that there are materialistic pleasures in heavens also) then the seeker may deviate from attaining the spiritual abode. Similarly, many traditional temples have seven walls which indicate the seven planetary systems. These planetary systems are there, from the earth, upwards. Earth also is included in the count of seven and beyond these, there  are Vaikuntha planets. Hence, beyond the seven walls is the spiritual abode of the Lord.

 

Homosexuality Is Well Documented In Indian Mythology, It Is Not A ‘Western Influence’!

Source www.youthkiawaaz.com

Ancient India’s acceptance and accommodation of many forms of eroticism within its culture, including homo eroticism, has been well documented in early Sanskrit writings, art and architecture. This makes modern-day India’s sexual puritanism and homophobia, which reached its zenith in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, all the more astounding. In today’s world, India has been relegated to the level of the most backward countries in the sphere of personal liberties, and one might wonder how such a drastic change could ever have come about. Through careful examination, India’s long and troubled past reveals a gradual descent into puritanism and homophobia due to caste consciousness and foreign religious influence. The following is a brief timeline summarizing the history of India and its deteriorating attitude toward people of the third sex.

 

Hinduism and LGBT topics

Source Wikipedia.org

Hindu views of homosexuality and, in general,LGBT(lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues, are diverse and different Hindu groups have distinct views. Homosexuality is regarded as one of the possible expressions of human desire. Although some Hindu dharmic texts contain injunctions against homosexuality, a number of Hindu mythic stories have portrayed homosexual experience as natural and joyful. There are several Hindu temples which have carvings that depict both men and women engaging in homosexual sex. Same-sex relations and gender variance have been represented within Hinduism from Vedic times through to the present day, in rituals, law books, religious or so-called mythical narratives, commentaries, paintings, and sculpture. The extent to which these representations embrace or reject homosexuality has been disputed within the religion as well as outside of it. In 2009, The United Kingdom Hindu Council issued a statement that 'Hinduism does not condemn homosexuality', subsequent to the decision of the Delhi High Court to legalise homosexuality in India.

 

India gets its first Transgender Banker from Patna

Source www.gaylaxymag.com

Monica Das, a 24 year old transgender from Patna, has become India’s first transgender banker. According to a report in Live Hindustan, Monica is employed with Syndicate Bank as a clerk.

 

To Be Gay In Indian Business

Source www.forbes.com

On June 3, representatives of human resource departments of 11 top multinationals–including Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cisco, Dell, Novell, General Electric and Microsoft–came together for a day at the Bangalore campus of IBM to share best practices for fostering a culture of LGBT inclusion in their organizations. The session, held away from the media glare, was the second such meeting since December. (The first meeting, which included Google, was hosted by Goldman Sachs in Bangalore.) The informal collaboration marks a first-of-its-kind endeavour in India’s corporate sector to create LGBT-friendly workplaces.