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India: Delhi University will recognize transgender students from 2015

Delhi University says it will recognize transgender students for the first time next year.Transgender students at Delhi have traditionally been forced to register as either male or female, but will able to opt for a third gender option. A university official said the policy would be extended to undergraduate courses in the next academic year. The

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India recognises transgender people as third gender

India’s top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category that allows transgendered people to identify themselves as such on official documents. Activists say it will give relief to millions of people who face discrimination in India’s deeply conservative society. The supreme court directed the federal and state governments to include transgendered

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Record turnout for gay pride march in Mumbai

Some 5,000 people turned out for the first LGBT pride march in the country held after the Supreme Court in December reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex. t was a record turnout for Mumbai’s seventh gay pride parade where some 5,000 people marched from August Kranti Marg to Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday afternoon,

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Straight from the heart: ‘Gay for a Day’ campaign goes viral

MUMBAI: Celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani was ill at ease the whole of Wednesday after the SC judgement re-criminalising homosexuality. “As a woman in India today, you have to face so much injustice. This verdict was the last straw,” says Bhavnani, part of what she calls the Aam Aurat Party. Late night, she decided she had to fight