Singapore DJ mounts challenge of colonial-era anti-gay law

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SINGAPORE (AP) | A Singaporean disc jockey is challenging a law that bans sex between men, a holdover from British colonial days that conservatives insist on keeping but authorities have promised not to enforce.

The case brought this week by Johnson Ong, whose stage name is DJ Big Kid, is the first against the anti-gay law since an appeal by three people was thrown out by the Supreme Court in 2014.

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Activists in Commonwealth countries respond to India sodomy law ruling

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Activists in Commonwealth nations with whom the Washington Blade spoke this week said it remains unclear whether last week’s landmark India Supreme Court ruling that struck down the country’s colonial-era sodomy law will bolster efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in their own countries.

Maurice Tomlinson is a senior policy analysist with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network who is challenging Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law. He also represents three LGBTI Barbadians who are challenging a similar statute in their country.

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India asks top court to decide on law criminalizing gay sex

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NEW DELHI (AP) | India’s government on Wednesday asked the country’s top court to repeal or keep a controversial law that criminalizes homosexual acts.

Government attorney Tushar Mehta said the court should rule on the issue of consensual sexual acts between two adults.

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Hundreds join pride march in India, where gay sex is illegal

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NEW DELHI (AP) – Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India’s capital Nov. 12 in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues to outlaw homosexual acts.

As people chanted and marched to the beat of drums during New Delhi’s 10th annual Queer Pride march, many said they were frustrated with the law but also hoped it would soon change.

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India asks states to allow transgender choice in bathrooms

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NEW DELHI (AP)- India’s government has asked all states to let transgender people use any public toilet of their choice.

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation issued guidelines this week that urged state governments to ensure that transgender people are recognized as equal citizens. It said they should be allowed to use the facility of their choice in community toilets.

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Hundreds march in India to demand LGBT rights

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of gay rights activists marched in a parade in New Delhi on Sunday, highlighting the continuing discrimination India‘s LGBT community faces and demanding the repeal of a law criminalizing homosexual acts.

As they marched to the beat of drums, some participants in the annual gay pride parade said much has changed in recent years, with people starting to accept them. But others said India’s right-wing government is against the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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Ian McKellen denounces India’s anti-LGBT law

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Mumbai, India (AP) – British actor Ian McKellen has criticized India’s use of a British colonial law to crack down on gay people, saying in an interview with a Mumbai newspaper published May 24 that “India needs to grow up.”

The 76-year-old actor was in the west coast Indian city this week to promote the British Film Industry’s “Shakespeare on Film” series coinciding with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. He also dined with Bollywood stars, and was planning to open the regional LGBT-themed Kashish Film Festival on Wednesday.

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India’s top court to re-examine gay rights

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NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s top court agreed to re-examine a colonial-era law Feb. 2 that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to a decade in prison.

The Supreme Court set up a five-judge panel to reconsider its 2013 ruling that only Parliament can change the 1861 law banning gay sex.

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New Delhi Pride celebrates progress while fighting for LGBT rights

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Newq Delhi (AP) – Hundreds of gay rights activists danced to drum beats and held colorful balloons as they marched in a parade in New Delhi, celebrating what they call the diversity of gender and sexuality.

Organizers said that while the gay pride parade celebrated the gains India’s LGBT community has made in recent years, they also wanted to highlight the continuing discrimination it faces.

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St. Pete police department to be trained in transgender sensitivity

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The St. Petersburg Police Department is launching a new transgender sensitivity training program.

The training comes two months after a Tampa transgender woman’s murder — and law enforcement’s handling of it — captured national attention.

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Transgender people and allies bond over “Coffee and T”

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – For transgender people in St. Pete seeking friendship and a sense of community, Metro Youth’s new “Coffee and T” social group is the answer.

Dani Merewether, Metro Youth LGBT program specialist, says he proposed the idea of a transgender social group after realizing one did not yet exist at the center.

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Suspect in India Clarke’s murder charged with second killing

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Tampa (AP) – Authorities say a southwest Florida man charged in the shooting death of a transgender woman has been charged in a second killing.

Keith Lamayne Gaillard, 18, is currently being held on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 25-year-old India Clarke. Officials say Gaillard’s DNA was found under Clarke’s fingernails. Detectives also reported finding a condom with Gaillard’s DNA inside Clarke’s car, which was found nearby. Her body was found July 21.

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