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ICJ suggests decriminalising sex work & making RTE Act gender-neutral in report on LGBTQ

The International Commission of Jurists released a report Saturday, recommending several measures to ensure that the LGBTQ community doesn’t face discrimination.

Will the Indian Army welcome gay soldiers? Veterans split

Some say homosexuality is unlikely to be acceptable for soldiers, pointing to a years-old military culture, while others say the SC order will prevail.

Indian Army is worried now that men can legally have sex with other men

Homosexuality in the military is frowned upon in much of the world. Is the tide about to change in India?

Supreme Court has earned moment of rest with 377 verdict, but much remains to be cleared

The Supreme Court’s decision on Section 377 deserves careful unpacking, but it is noteworthy in at least four respects.
A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 | PTI

‘Homosexuality not mental illness’: What the 5 judges said while striking down Section 377

While Justice D.Y. Chandrachud criticised the government for its ‘lethargy’, Justice Indu Malhotra said ‘history owes an apology’ to the LGBTQ community.
An activist waves a LGBT pride flag after the Supreme Court verdict | Kamal Kishore/PTI

Most progressive judgment ever: UPA-era law secy hails Supreme Court’s 377 verdict

T.K. Viswanathan had backed Delhi HC’s 2009 ruling on the section, but his opinion was ignored by the group of ministers headed by P. Chidambaram.
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Sometimes homophobic, sometimes liberal: BJP’s uneven Section 377 journey 

Modi govt has not taken any position on decriminalising homosexuality, leaving it to the wisdom of the top court to rule on the matter.
The Supreme Court bench is hearing pleas to decriminalise homosexuality since 10 July | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Take me as I am, says CJI Misra as Supreme Court frees India from Section 377

Thursday's landmark judgment decriminalising homosexuality marks a big victory for personal rights. Here are the top quotes from the SC bench.
Kush talks about his legal career and life as a drag queen | Image by Shahbaz Ansar

Human rights lawyer by day, Delhi’s beloved drag queen by night

For Kush, a full-time lawyer and part-time drag queen, the human body is a canvas. It can be painted beautifully with make-up. After his first drag show at Kitty Su, life has never been the same. 

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Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.


Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.