Free Press Journal
  • KJ Alphons

    India does not discriminate against tourists based on their sexual orientation: Tourism Minister K J Alphons

    New Delhi: India does not discriminate against tourists based on their sexual orientation and everyone is welcome to come to the country, Tourism Minister K J Alphons said on Monday. The minister was responding to a question about the government’s view on promoting LGBT tourism in the country in the backdrop of the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality and Thailand promoting itself as a safe destination for the community.

  • Bhopal: Society divided on SC verdict on scrapping of section 377

    Bhopal: Non-LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community on Friday in Bhopal refused to comment on the SC decision of scrapping Section 377 of the IPC but expressed reservation about it saying, “We cannot challenge the verdict, but it is unnatural and society will not accept it.”Rashmi Agrawal, 37, social activist, said, “I think, SC verdict is wrong. It is against the nature. It will send wrong message to our next generation.”

  • Justice to Indian LGBT long overdue: Celina Jaitly

    Mumbai: Actress Celina Jaitly says justice to the Indian LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community is long overdue, and that the law must put an end to the legal platform that segregates the community from others.

  • IDAHOT, International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia, LGBTQ, LGBT, same sex relationship, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia

    IDAHOBIT: Sara Khan to Pearl V Puri: TV celebs stand in solidarity against discrimination

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is celebrated around the world each year to bring attention to the discrimination and violence LGBTQ people still face, as well as to recognize advancements in LGBTQ equality. At least 75 countries criminalize same-sex relationships and in up to 10 countries same-sex conduct may be punishable by death. Ahead of this year’s celebration, Indian

  • LGBT activists in London denounce homophobia

    London: Activists gathered in London on Thursday for a protest denouncing homophobia and calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Commonwealth countries. Images captured by an epa photojournalist on the ground showed members and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community holding placards outside of Commonwealth House as part of an action condemning homophobia, Efe reported.

  • LGBT activists slam Kolkata school for accusing students of lesbianism

    Kolkata: LGBT members and activists have slammed the actions of a school here, terming it “human rights violation and desensitisation of societal institutions”, after the all-girl institute allegedly forced 10 of its students to write confessional statements about their “lesbian acts” in its premises.

  • LGBT community confused as two SC benches to deal with same-sex law

    The petitions with similar issues are tagged together to ensure separate judgments do not create confusion and hence the Chief Justice setting up a Bench to hear a case filed on January 8 is confusing as an earlier one on the same subject is pending for constitution of such a bench.

  • Ricky Martin, Jwan Yosef, Ricky Martin marries Jwan Yosef, Gay marriage, LGBT, Ricky and Jwan together

    Ricky Martin ties knot with his long time partner Jwan Yosef

    Los Angeles: Ricky Martin has revealed that he has tied the knot with artist partner Jwan Yosef. The 46-year-old singer said he exchanged vows with his beau of almost two years, without any formal celebration, and signed “necessary paperwork” to seal the deal.

  • Much ado about LGBTQ and Sec 377

    CERTAINLY,  the decades-long and sometimes militant struggle by gay activists in the US, supported by the media, gender activists and liberal movements towards pluralism and multi-culturalism, has radically changed attitudes to homosexuality the world over. In an age when Humanism informs our attitudes to those outside the mainstream, homophobia is seen as no less contemptible than racism.

  • Bhopal: Fear of social boycott continues to haunt LGBT community

    Bhopal: National Coming Out Day, which is observed on October 11 every year, is an annual LGBT awareness day. It is observed to raise awareness towards the problems of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender (LGBT). The exercise is aimed to bring the community in mainstream society.

  • Viola Davis wants to bring diversity to Hollywood

    Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, who are appearing together in the new season of her hit show “How to Get Away with Murder”, have a joint mission to bring more diversity in Hollywood.

  • LGBT News: Dr Dhandekar launches a platform for elderly gay men

    Coming out in India is never an easy thing. There is no lack of haters in our society who would stop people to stand up. But soon Mumbai will get a dedicated platform called ‘Mumbai Seenagers’ that would give elderly gay men safe space to connect over a cup of tea. LGBT rights activist Dr Prasad Dhandekar is the brain behind the initiative to help older gay men socialise in safe place.

  • LGBT Pride Month: TV celebs bat for rights of community

    June is considered as LGBT pride month. Pride celebrations begin around the world. Actresses are proud how the Indian entertainment industry support our diverse community, including those that have identified themselves to society as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or gender non-conforming. They request their fans around to get friendly with them and help them live happily.

  • Crackdown on LGBT meet in Bangladesh, 29 arrested

    Dhaka : Bangladesh has arrested 29 people from an LGBT gathering here, a rare crackdown on gays in the conservative Muslim-majority country where homosexuality is prohibited, officials said on Friday.

  • Hillary Clinton slams Donald Trump on LGBT rights

    Washington: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump’s administration for what she said were moves against LGBT rights, the media reported.

  • Old LGBT couples are healthier than singles

    Washington : Turns out, there really is such a thing as wedded bliss as a recent study has detected positive health outcomes among same-sex couples who have tied the knot. For years, studies have linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual couples and now, the University of Washington research is among the first to explore the potential benefits of marriage among LGBT couples.

  • LGBT community brings Rainbow to Kolkata streets

    Kolkata : Hundreds of members of the LGBT community participated in the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk 2016, demanding revocation of Section 377, implementation of the NALSA judgement and withdrawal of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016.