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Shamshad at an LGBT rally in Kochi At the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. The Rainbow Pride Walk 2014 in Kolkata. Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview today, ending years of speculation about his sexuality. Gay rights activists participating in a celebration marking the fifth anniversary of the court's ruling decriminalizing homosexuality in India, in Bangalore. Michael Foster, second left, and Larry Foster, right, hug with their children Joseph, 13, left, Kaleb, 11, center, and Madeline, 9, around them, as the couple were married in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. Austrian singer Conchita Wurst arrives at the airport in Vienna. Bearded drag queen Conchita has made a triumphant return to Austria after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe. Mariela Castro, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education and daughter of Cuba's President, Raul Castro, gives a press conference on the first day of the VI Regional ILGALAC Conference and the start of activities at the VII Cuban Symposium Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana, Cuba. Organisations from across Latin America that promote sexual diversity are gathering in Cuba to address hate crime, discrimination and the criminalisation of homosexuality in some countries. ILGALAC stands for the International Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals and Intersexuals. Imran Khan, Celina Jaitly and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi during the launch of a United Nations music video for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in Mumbai. Transgender and social activist Laxmi Tripathi after casting vote for Lok Sabha polls at a polling station in Navi Mumbai. Congress candidate Preneet Kaur during an election campaign in Patiala. Transgenders celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Bharati Kannamma, 1st from Right, Transgender activist, Independent candidate from Madurai Constituency speaks with local men in Madurai <b>Freedom song</b> Transgenders celebrating the Supreme Court verdict in Delhi Transgenders celebrate after the Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Mumbai. Asia Pacific Transgender Network founding member, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi (L) along with  another member in New Delhi after the Supreme Court recognised transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender and directed Centre and States to grant them all facilities, including voters ID, passport and driving licence. Sean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other after they were announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday. They got married just after midnight Friday, when the act legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect. LGBT activists taking out an awareness rally in Guwahati.

Gay rights activists from northeastern states participate in a protest against Supreme Court decision upholding a law that criminalizes gay sex in Guwahati. Google's worldwide search homepage logo during the Sochi Olympics against Russia's anti-gay laws. A gay rights activist protests against a recent Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi. A gay rights activist during a protest against the Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi. Gay rights activists during a protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi. A gay rights activist protests against a recent Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi. Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. LGBT activists dance during a flash mob to support Ukraine's integration with the European Union in Kiev, Ukraine. <b>Q for...</b> The high of the sixth Gay Pride parade in Delhi in November was muted by the SC verdict upholding Section 377 in December
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“We are each of us in some way—by caste, sexuality, gender, language—a minority, and the great achievement of Indian polity is that we’ve still held together as a nation.” 
<b>Vikram Seth</b>, protesting the SC verdict on Section 377 LGBT people and supporters protest against Supreme Courts recent verdict on Section 377 of IPC, in Kolkata. <b>Poise, pose, poesy</b> Sumitra invokes the grandeur of Hampi’s temple pond A participant at the Trans Queen contest in Imphal QRadio’s Vaishalli Nolan Lewis, 3rd from right, at the 2013 Mr Gay World <b>Global Day of Outrage</b> LGBT community protest after the SC verdict in Delhi Gay rights activists hold placards during a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality in Kolkata. LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's judgement on Section 377 at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi. LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's judgement on Section 377 at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi. Gay rights activists protest against the Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi. <b>The right to be</b> LGBT activists protest the SC judgement in Delhi, Dec 11, 2013 A gay rights activist talks to another as they gather for a protest following a Supreme Court verdict in Mumbai. In a blow to gay rights activists, the court upheld the constitutional validity of the penal provision making gay sex an offence punishable with upto life imprisonment. Gay rights activists and others stand outside the Supreme Court after the court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi. Gay rights activists attend a protest meeting after the Supreme Court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi. A group of activists hold a banner against section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality during a protest in Mumbai. Gay rights activists talk as they gather for a protest following a Supreme Court verdict in Mumbai. Ashok Rai Kavi (3rd from L) and other LGBT activists interact with media after Supreme Court's verdict on section 377 of IPC, in New Delhi. FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo, gay rights activists display rainbow-colored banner and shout slogans as they march in New Delhi. With the Supreme Court pronouncing gay sex as illegal, the government today indicated that it will take the legislative route to deal with the issue. Gay rights activists shout slogans during a protest after the Supreme Court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi.  Gay rights activists shout slogans during a protest meeting after Supreme Court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi. LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in New Delhi. LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in New Delhi. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi High Court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex. LGBT activists protest against the Supreme Court verdict which validated the section 377 of IPC, in Mumbai. Eunuchs showing their voter id cards for Rajastan assembly elections at a polling booth in Jodhpur. Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-genders (LGBT) at the Delhi Queer Pride parade 2013. Gay rights activists display rainbow-colored banner and shout slogans as they march in New Delhi. People in costume walk to the annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. Protesters of the gay and lesbian activist group AllOut demonstrate opposite Downing Street, in central London about the treatment of LGBT people in Russia and a law adopted by Russia's parliament in June making propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors illegal. <b>Trousseau For Two</b>
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‘Style for miles', ‘beautiful Indian culture’, ‘stunning brides’—that last plural stands for Shannon and Seema, very much in love, and sharing garlands in a ceremony touted as the first Indo-American lesbian wedding. As the brides beamed at the guests, many wept for happiness. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights activists pose for a photograph as they participate in the Rainbow Pride Walk to protest against violence on women and sexual minorities  in Kolkata. People embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. Gay rights activists wave a huge rainbow flag during a demonstration near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights movement during Slut Walk in Kolkata. Anti gay marriage protestors gather during a demonstration against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption, in Paris. Anti gaymarriage protestors lifts flairs during a demonstation against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption, in Paris. Eunuchs dance at a procession during the Urs festival, at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer. Gays and lesbians take part in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride, a parade that highlights the April 27-May 6 Tokyo Rainbow Week gay pride celebrations, in Tokyo. Gays and lesbians take part in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride, a parade that highlights the April 27-May 6 Tokyo Rainbow Week gay pride celebrations, in Tokyo A eunuch dances at a procession during a national meet of the community in Ajmer. The meet in Ajmer is being held to demand increased political representation ahead of the country’s general elections and also to elect a leader for the community. <b>In happier times</b> Poonam and Simar when they’re together “We’ve grown over the years and the best times are ahead of us. We have invested just too much in the relationship to let it go.” <b>Reshmi Das 21, Training with Calcutta police</b>
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We’ve planned for exotic vacations, tried opening a joint account and even plan to buy a house soon.” <b>Chandrayee Saha 22, Doing MA in Sociology</b>
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<b>Location:</b> Calcutta <b>Coming out:</b> April 2011 <b>In a steady relationship:</b> Two years
“There are no shoulds or should-nots in our relationship. That’s the
understanding we have.” <b>Shelly Simon 26, Guitar teacher</b>
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“Shelly’s got into a relationship at a mature age, so I know she’s dead serious about me.” <b>Monu Pipal 31, Property developer</b>
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<b>Location:</b> Delhi <B>Coming out:</b> October 2009 <b>In a steady relationship:</b> Four years “Shwetha is someone I want to grow old with. It’s not just an affair, I can’t think of any part of my life without her.” <b>Smruthi Narayan 30, Online advertising</b>
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“Smruthi completes me. All the things I lack in, she fills them up, sets the balance right.” <b>Shwetha Pai 29, Online advertising</b>
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<b>Location:</b> Hyderabad <b>Coming out:</b> January 2011 <b>In a steady relationship:</b> Eight years <b>Location:</b> Bharuch <b>Coming out:</b> October 2009 <b>In a steady relationship:</b> Four years
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“Living with a woman is much easier and safer. We don’t have to deal with the male ego.” <b>Radhika 28, Office manager</b>
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“The first time we met at an ancestral bungalow, we kissed and I knew this is for keeps. The passion is even more intense now.” <b>Manjari 33, Business manager</b> “We give importance to friendship above everything else. It’s only then that you can love,
trust and care.” <b>Alka 39, Self-employed</b>
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“She’s my best friend, my soul mate and my life. I could search the whole world over, but she’ll be everything I need.” <b>Sonali Roy 37, Self-employed</b>
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<b>Location:</B> Calcutta <./b>Coming out:</b> October 2011 <b>In a steady relationship:</b> Three years Winners of the Miss Melukolupu 2013 or Miss Awareness festival in Hyderabad. The event was a part of an awareness programme organised by the Suraksha Society, an organisation that works for the human rights of transgender people. Maika Elan, Vietnam, for Most won the 1st prize Contemporary Issues Stories in the World Press Photo 2013. The photo shows Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watching television to relax after studying at school. Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex relationships. But its communist government is considering recognizing same-sex marriage. Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community participate in the Hyderabad  pride parade. Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community ride a cycle rickshaw as they participate in the Hyderabad gay pride parade. Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community participate in the Hyderabad gay pride parade.

Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community participate in a parade in Mumbai. The parade was held to spread awareness about harassment, violence and discrimination faced by the community and to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity. Italian police officers stop members of a group of four women who went topless to protest the Vatican's opposition to gay marriage, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Police quickly took the women away, and the pope appeared not to have been disturbed as he delivered his traditional prayer from his studio window overlooking the piazza. On their bare backs, the women had painted slogans In Gay We Trust, and Shut Up. Artists dress up as eunuchs during a protest over atrocities against women, in Patna. Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights movement hug each other, during a Rainbow Carnival in Kolkata. The event was organized by Sappho for Equality, a human rights organization fighting for the rights of LGBT community. Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community wear colorful face masks as they participate in a rally on the last day of Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba or Festival 2012 organized by Coalition of Sexual Minority Rights, in Bangalore. A supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community stands with her child as she participates in a rally on the last day of Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba or Festival 2012 organized by Coalition of Sexual Minority Rights, in Bangalore. Participants gather for the 5th Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity. Participants carry a nearly 15-meter- (50-foot-) long, rainbow-colored banner at the 5th Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity. A Member of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) pose for photo as he  participate at Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. File photo of Asian Games gold medal winner Pinki Pramanik after her release in North 24 Parganas in July 2012. A medical report submitted by the police in a Barasat court confirmed athlete Pinki Pramanik to be a male. 
Ashok Row Kavi Madrid’s Gay Pride Members of LGBT Community dance on a street during their 11 th Rainbow pride walk  in Kolkata to mark 1969 Stonewall Riots. An activist waves a rainbow flag during a Rainbow Pride Rally of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual minority communities in Kolkata. Participants dance on the street as they take part in a Rainbow Pride Rally of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual minority communities in Kolkata. Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik, who today walked out of jail after spending 26 days in custody on charges of rape, alleged that police had tied her hands and legs and forcibly conducted the gender determination test on her.
Women protest against alleged ill-treatment meted out to currently jailed former international athlete Pinki Pramanik at the Baguiati in North 24 Parganas district on Monday. Woman athlete Pinky Pramanik being taken to Barasat Court in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. Pinky was arrested by the police on allegations of rape' and charges that she is actually male. <b>Many-flared</b> Erotica is finally about us Niki Ryan, left, applies lipstick for her niece Brenna Ryan as they wait for the start of San Francisco's 42nd annual gay pride parade. Organizers say more than 200 floats, vehicles and groups of marchers will take part in the parade.  Woman athlete Pinky Pramanik being taken to Barasat Court in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal after she was arrested by the police on allegations of rape and charges that she is actually male. Eunuchs dance in the streets during annual Urs of sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer. Jenna Talackova, the first transgendered Miss Universe Canada contestant, poses during a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012 ahead of next week's Miss Universe Canada pageant. Talackova, a Vancouver resident, underwent a sex change four years ago after being born a male. Eunuchs mourn as they re-enact a story adopted from the epic Mahabharata during the annual eunuch festival  at Koovagam, around 132 kms south of Chennai. Miss Gay Nicaragua 2011, Jasuhara Brown, places a tiara on Bismark Martinez, winner of the 2012 Miss Gay Nicaragua beauty contest at the Ruben Dario National Theatre in Managua, Nicaragua. FILE- In this July 2, 2010 file photograph, gay rights activists participate in a celebration marking the first anniversary of a court's ruling decriminalizing homosexuality in India, in New Delhi. A lawyer for the Home Ministry told the Supreme Court that gay sex was immoral and urged the court to keep it illegal, even as the government denied it opposed decriminalizing homosexuality. Nontawat Jaroengsornsinpose left and his partner Thanakorn Sittiamthong, right, kiss on their way to winning the World's Longest Continuous Kiss contest with a new record of 50 hours 25 mins 01, in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand. A participant wears a mask during a  gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parade in Mumbai. Hundreds of people gathered for the march. A participant wearing a dress dances during a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender parade, in Mumbai. Hundreds of people gathered for the parade. () FILE: In this photo, a rainbow flag with a Star of David is placed at the entrance to the municipality building in Tel Aviv, Israel. Thanks to a balmy climate, a vibrant nightlife and a creative, government-backed branding campaign, Tel Aviv has become one of the world's top gay tourist destinations. Participants of the Miss Melukolupu or Awareness 2012 contest gesture during an awareness program organized by Suraksha Society, an organization that works for the human rights of the transgenders, in Hyderabad. A spectator watches a fashion presentation during the third edition of Destravarte,  a three-day art show of work by transvestites, trans-sexual and transgenders, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  In November 2011, the Congress approved the Gender Identity Law, still to be confirmed by the Senate, which allows any person decide their gender regardless of how it has been registered at birth. Currently, trans-gender people in Argentina who wish to correct their documentation must go through a legal process. A member of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) participate in a gay parade in New Delhi.  Members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) participate in a gay parade in New Delhi. <b>Madhu, 56 Chandigarh</b>
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Little about Madhu belies her third sex identity. Other than the gruff voice and the hint of a stubble on her chin. She’s built a famous temple in Chandigarh, in which every religion is accomodated. She lives with her troupe and two German Shepherds above the shrine. Her “girls” do what her community is identified with—dance and sing for money—and Madhu is the ‘alpha female’ of the house. She does social work and offers herbal treatments for various ailments, often free of cost. The privileged access to her spic-’n-span home reveals a smoothly run operation, like an efficient hostel. “Call it a home,” she corrects us. People troop in with a myriad problems and she has all the solutions. A young girl from a boutique that Madhu patronises in Mohali comes to her in need of finance for a new project. “Main hoon na,” says Madhu. Her word carries weight. <b>Shobha, Hisar</B>
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She refuses to divulge her age and hates being called hijra or kinnar. “We belong to the mangala mukhi samaj,” Shobha says, throwing another term for the third sex at us. Born in Karnataka, Shobha was forced to join a eunuch troupe after her mother died and her father remarried. After spending some time in Mumbai and Delhi, she eventually made Rajiv Nagar in Haryana’s Hisar district her home. After ekeing out a living by singing and dancing on auspicious occasions for a time, Shobha has now immersed herself in carrying out social work. She has opened a primary school, a temple and a dharamshala. She has married off needy girls. “<i>Twenty-two ladkiyon ki doli mere ghar se uthi hai</i>,” Shobha says, with pride in her voice. She has adopted two girls—Heena and Geeta—who she saved from becoming victims to female infanticide. Shobha is also the first eunuch to have won a municipal council election, in 1994. She has won the civic body election thrice.
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Nargis resides in a three-storeyed house in Lalita Park in Delhi’s Lakshmi Nagar. That she is a devout woman is reflected both in her appearance and in her deeds. Nargis is deeply committed to the social upliftment of the marginalised. She has helped four labourer girls get married and cares for a 14-year-old daily-wager who she intends to help settle down too. Every Tuesday, she puts on yellow clothes and attends satsang sessions in Faridabad. She also organises jagrans and pujas out of her home for people from all communities. The residents of her colony turn to her to resolve minor disputes. Held in high esteem by one and all, Nargis’s decisions are shown the same respect. <b>Seeta, 26, New Delhi</b>
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Born and raised in Delhi, the well-groomed and tech-savvy Seeta can put any society lady to shame. Seeing her work on her laptop, it is difficult to imagine her doing anything else in life. It comes as no surprise when she says she never wanted to sing and dance. “I didn’t like the idea, my heart wasn’t in it at all,” she remembers. She enrolled in a long distance education programme in Delhi University. After graduation, she worked for an NGO, eventually setting up her own, Kinnar Bharati, in 2009 in West Patel Nagar. “Now I do not just have a job but an office of my own,” she says proudly. She employs six other eunuchs. Her NGO works on issues like the rights and health of eunuchs, organises educational modules and guides them towards gainful employment. Says Seeta: “If we get educated and get regular jobs, then we can live like ordinary people.” <b>Ruchi, 23, New Delhi</b>
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Ruchi was only one-and-a-half years old when her mother passed away. Her father died when she was five. Her two brothers and four sisters, all ‘normal’ people, did not want to take care of her and so, she was forced to work as a maid in several households. In many, she was ill-treated, often receiving nothing but dry rotis and pickle for sustenance. But thoughts of turning to song and dance, for long a refuge of the eunuch, never entered Ruchi’s mind. For the past 11 years she’s been trying hard to become financially independent, selling pottery in Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar. She stays on her own in a rented room and hopes to work in an office some day. “<i>Apne pairon pe khada hone mein, apni rozi-roti kamane mein bada sukh hai</I>,” she says. There is noticeable rancour against the uncaring siblings: “When I fall ill, nobody comes to look after me but they always call me when they need money.” In fact, her LIC policies have her sister’s son as her nominee. An eunuch is comforted as she mourns a friend killed in a fire on Sunday evening, outside a hospital in New Delhi. The blaze, which killed more than a dozen people, happened during a gathering of thousands of eunuchs at a prayer ceremony and feast held once every five years at a fairground in the Nand Nagri area of east Delhi. People look on after a major fire broke out at the site of a congregation of eunuchs in the Nand Nagri area of New Delhi on Sunday night. 14 people died and 40 were injured in the incident. Eunuchs look for valuables at the scene of a fire in New Delhi. The blaze, which killed more than a dozen people, happened during a gathering of thousands of eunuchs at a prayer ceremony. Eunuchs and rescuers search for the remains after a major fire broke out at the site of a congregation of eunuchs in the Nand Nagri area of New Delhi. 14 people died and 40 were injured in the incident. Eunuchs react after a major fire broke out at the site of a congregation of eunuchs in the Nand Nagri area of New Delhi.  Navy Lt. Gary Ross, right, and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows in Duxbury, Vt. The two men recited their vows at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. The partners of 11 years married at the stroke of midnight, just as the ban ended. Participants dance on a boat as hundreds of thousands of people lined Amsterdam's Prinsengracht canal to watch Canal Parade. A total of 80 boats participated in the 16th version of the annual event, part of Gay Pride celebrations. An activist puts a rainbow mask to another during a Rainbow Pride Walk by the GLBT community in Kolkata. Activists of the GLBT community take out a Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata. Members of the GLBT community take out a Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata. A member of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gets ready for an in house performance prior to a weekly evening meeting, in New Delhi. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad derided homosexuality as an unnatural disease from the West at an HIV/AIDS conference, drawing outrage from a U.N. official and activists who said the comments set back campaigns for gay rights and against HIV Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad gestures during a press conference in New Delhi. Azad derided homosexuality as an unnatural disease from the West at an HIV/AIDS conference, drawing outrage from a U.N. official and activists who said the comments set back campaigns for gay rights and against HIV. In a hastily called news conferenc, Azad said he was misquoted, though video of the speech has aired repeatedly on Indian television. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad leaves his residence in New Delhi. Azad has outraged activists by calling homosexuality a disease and completely unnatural during a conference on HIV/AIDS. Azad's description of homosexuality as a disease is regressive and hinders the country's fight against HIV and equal rights for gay people. Members of the GLBT dance as they participate in a gay parade to mark the anniversary Delhi High Court's verdict amending section 377 of IPC in New Delhi. Members of the GLBT participate in a gay parade to mark the anniversary Delhi High Court's verdict amending section 377 of IPC in New Delhi. People tie balloons to a banner in preparation for the annual Gay Pride parade in New York. One of the world's oldest and largest gay pride parades was expected to become a victory celebration after New York's historic decision to legalise same-sex marriage. A person in costume attends the Gay Pride Parade in Cali, Colombia. Men dance as a woman looks on during a gay pride parade in Guatemala City. Courtney Mitchell, a college professor, left, and Sarah Welton, a lawyer, pose for photographs after their wedding ceremony at a temple in Katmandu, Nepal. The couple from Denver, Colorado, married in a Nepalese tradition in the first public lesbian wedding in the Himalayan nation that recently began recognising gay rights and working to draft laws to end sexual discrimination. South Asia’s first public Gay Wedding happens in Kathmandu where
a lesbian couple, Courtney Mitchell and Sarah Welton, get hitched at a temple. Bollywood actress Celina Jaitley during the announcement of Kashish India's queer film festival, in Mumbai. Transgenders greet each other as they celebrate 'Transgenders day' in Kolkata. In this photo taken Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, a eunuch sports jeweleries at a rally to mark the congregation of thousands of eunuchs from different parts of India and Pakistan in Jammu. Transgenders stand with a giant condom during an awareness rally to mark World AIDS Day in Hyderabad. Transgenders hug a giant condom during an awareness rally to mark World AIDS Day in Hyderabad. Members of the lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender participate in a gay pride parade in New Delhi. The Pope, and recommending condoms? In a Vatican-rocking comment, the pontiff said it’d be the responsible thing, especially for gay people. World agog. Participants dressed as indians dance at the annual gay pride parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A participant dressed as an angel gestures during the gay pride parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2000<br><b>Venus Men</b> It’s just another Wednesday at Delhi NGO Naz Foundation. Cross-dressers revel in their skirts and an attitude to match. Members of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community hug each other during a celebration marking the first anniversary of decriminalisation of gay sex between consenting adults, in Mumbai. The Delhi High Court on July 2, 2009 struck down a law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, that made sex between people of the same gender punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A member of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community smokes during a celebration marking the first anniversary of decriminalisation of gay sex between consenting adults, in Mumbai. Gay rights activists participate in a celebration marking the first anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in India. A clown walks next to a transsexual during the Gay Pride parade in Guatemala City. A man poses as he celebrates during the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin. Christopher Street Day (CSD) Parade is an enormous outdoor gay and lesbian party that has taken place every summer in Berlin since 1979. The festival is named after the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York that happened after police raided a gay bar on Christopher Street.  Detained transvestites look out from a bus as they leave after a court appearance in Peshawar, Pakistan. Police busted a wedding between a businessman and his transgender bride, taking away the couple and 43 guests on accusations that they were violating laws against same-sex marriage 


A Pakistani police officer escort a businessman Iqbal Khan, second right, and a transvestite Kashif, left, to the city court in Peshawar, Pakistan. Police busted a wedding between a businessman and his transgender bride, taking away the couple and 43 guests on accusations that they were violating laws against same-sex marriage

Rose Venkatesan, 31, India's first transgender talk show host, cuts a cake to celebrate her 'first birthday' as a woman during a press conference. Rose, who recently underwent sex reassignment surgery so she physically looks like a woman, says she plans to make a film on her life and use her popular talk show to show up the injustices and harassment that the transgender community faces. 

Eunuch Bobby (C) with actors Celina Jaitley & Zeenat Aman after winning the 'Indian Super Queen' beauty pagaent for the transgender community in Mumbai. <b>Happy, Gay, Legit</b><br>Activists for gay rights in Mumbai celebrate a Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality. In this photo distributed by the press office of Tierra del Fuego government, Alex Freyre, right, and his partner Jose Maria Di Bello, both HIV positive, kiss after getting married at the civil registry in Ushuaia, southern Argentina. The couple's union is the first gay marriage in Latin America. Representatives of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh organizations Swaminath Swamiji, Mufti Iftikhar Ahmed and Harminder Singh during a joint press conference of different religious organizations to condemn the Delhi High Court ruling on decriminalizing adult consensual homosexuality, in Bangalore. Participants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal, during a gay parade in New Delhi. Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition by an astrologer who is seeking to annul last week's landmark ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexuality. 
The latest development indicated that despite a recent Delhi High Court ruling, gays still face a long battle to gain acceptance, social and legal, in this deeply conservative country where even heterosexual sex is talked about in hushed tones. Gay rights activists participate in the Rainbow Pride Walk to commemorate the Stonewall riots, in Calcutta. The landmark Stonewall riots took place in 1969 at a Greenwich Village bar in New York when patrons at the gay bar resisted the police. The several days of disturbances that followed the uprising became one of the defining moments of the gay rights movements. Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgment that held that Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution. Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgement that held that Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution. Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgment that held that Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution. Jubilant Celina Jaitley talks to media after the Delhi High Court passed a ruling decriminalising homosexuality, at Whistling Woods International in Goregaon, Mumbai. Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgement that held that Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution. Gay community celebrate after the Delhi High Court's ruling decriminalising homosexuality, in Mumbai. Participants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal, during a gay parade in New Delhi. Participants carry a flag with rainbow colours during a gay parade in New Delhi. Hundreds of gay rights supporters waved flags and danced past traffic during marches through three cities to celebrate gay pride and push for the repeal of a colonial-era law that makes homosexual sex a crime. Michael Miller and Ross Zachs share a kiss after getting married on the same day when a New Haven Superior Court Judge legalised same sex marriages in Connecticut. Protest against Prop. 8. In a heartbreaking defeat for the gay-rights movement, California voters put a stop to gay marriage, creating uncertainty about the legal status of 18,000 same-sex couples who tied the knot during a four-month window of opportunity opened by the state's highest court. 

<b>Monday September 29, 2008</b><br>
Whatever happened to the cabinet having one voice?  The government found
itself asking the Delhi High Court to ignore the views of its health ministry on
removing a penal provision against homosexuality. "It does not matter what
the minister (Anbumani Ramadoss) and the ministry's affidavit says. It is for
the court to decide on the issue," Additional Solicitor General
P.P.Malhotra told the court. He was responding to the court pulling up the
government during the Sept 25 hearing for speaking in two voices on the law
against homosexuality. At that time, the government had informed the court that
it was not scrapping the law - as the health ministry had suggested.
Homosexuality was a 'criminal offence' and would 'disturb the law and order
situation and create unnecessary problems in society', the government told the
court.  "If we scrap section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (that makes
homosexuality a punishable offence), then it will disturb the law and order
situation and might create unnecessary problems in the society," Malhotra
said. The government, in its earlier reply, had taken a contradictory stand with
the home ministry favouring the retention of Section 377 and the health ministry
opposing enforcement of the provision in cases involving consenting adults.
'Indian society strongly disapproves of homosexuality and the disapproval is
strong enough to justify it being treated as a criminal offence even where
consenting  adults indulge in it in private,' the home ministry said in its
affidavit. 'Deletion of the section can open the floodgates for delinquent
behaviour and be misconstrued as providing unbridled licence for homosexual
acts,' it had gone on to add. The health ministry, on the other hand, had said:
'Enforcement of Section 377 can adversely contribute to pushing persons
suffering from HIV underground, which would make such risky sexual practices go
unnoticed." Section 377 demeans a gay man. It silences a gay man into
accepting the discrimination against him. He will not come out to declare his
orientation," said the affidavit, filed by the National Aids Control
Organisation (NACO) that comes under the health ministry. Watch this space.
</p>
<p><b>Also See: <a href=dossiersind.asp?id=657 target=_blank>Gays, Bisexuals, Lesbians and Transgenders</a></b></p> <b>Sunday June 29, 2008<br>
</b>And they all came out. Not just out of the closets, but on to the streets of
Calcutta, Bangalore and New Delhi. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
community were participating in the first 'Rainbow Pride Walk'  to call for
an end to discrimination and push for acceptance in a society where intolerance is
widespread.</p>
<p><b>Also See: <a href=http://www.outlookindia.com/dossiersind.asp?id=657 style=text-decoration: none; target=_blank><font class=fontauthorlink>Gays,
Bisexuals, Lesbians and Transgendered (GLBT)</font></a></b></p> <b>Monday June 16, 2008</b><br>
Phyllis Lyon, right, kisses her partner Del Martin after being married by San
Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in a special ceremony at City Hall in San
Francisco. Lyon and Martin became the first officially married same sex couple
after California's Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal. A Filipino protester holds slogans as he joins a rally by lesbian and gay activists in front of the Philippine Senate in suburban Manila. The group is calling on the Senate to expedite the approval of the Anti-Discrimination Bill. Protesters display their placards as they dramatize the alleged curtailment of freedom during a rally in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila. The protesters mostly gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders opposed the government's policy of violent dispersal against rallies without permit and likened it during the martial law days. Protesting gays and lesbians wear masks to hide their identity during a rally outside the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City east of Manila calling for the passage of the bill that will safeguard the rights and welfare of homosexuals. The protesters called for the punishments of discriminatory acts against gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgenders. <b>Monday 12 December</b><p>Rajwinder Kaur or Raju, 25 and her 'wife' Mala, 21, as seen at their home in Amritsar, Punjab. The two girls had eloped recently and tied the knot in front of the holy fire in New Delhi and demanded of their parents that they be allowed to live as husband and wife. Their parents had lodged a missing persons complaint with the police. The couple was briefly detained by the police but a duty magistrate in Amritsar set them free from legal wrangles, stating they were adults and no case could be registered against them. Meanwhile, a public debate rages in Punjab about same sex marriage. Israeli women kiss while dancing to music as they participate in the annual gay-pride celebration in Tel Aviv. <b>21 February</b><p>Georgina Graciano and Maria Castillo dance to the music of a mariachi band as they wait to apply for a marriage license at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California. More than 3,000 gay and lesbian couples have been married in San Francisco since the city's new mayor Gavin Newsom decided to defy state law and allow such weddings. But California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the state's attorney-general to take immediate steps to get a court ruling against the same-sex weddings as they represented 'an imminent risk to civil order'. Banners reading 'No God, Atheism and Liberty', 'Democracy Yes, Theocracy No' and 'Free the laws of the State from the taboos of religion' are held by gay protestors outside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 31, 2003. The Vatican launched a global campaign against gay marraiges on Thursday, warning Catholic politicians that support of same-sex unions was 'gravely immoral'. An Israeli youth uses a police car's window as a mirror during a Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, Friday, June 27, 2003. <b>07 June 2002: </b>An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man collects charity during a Gay pride parade in downtown Jerusalem. The unprecedented gay parade has set off waves of criticism from the city's Orthodox Jewish population.
Aug 13, 2014
Shamshad at an LGBT rally in Kochi

- Sivaram V.
Aug 09, 2014
At the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda.

- AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie
Jul 13, 2014
The Rainbow Pride Walk 2014 in Kolkata.

- PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik
Jul 13, 2014
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview today, ending years of speculation about his sexuality.

- Courtesy: @IanThorpe on Twitter
Jul 02, 2014
Gay rights activists participating in a celebration marking the fifth anniversary of the court's ruling decriminalizing homosexuality in India, in Bangalore.

- AP Photo/ Aijaz Rahi
Jun 26, 2014
Michael Foster, second left, and Larry Foster, right, hug with their children Joseph, 13, left, Kaleb, 11, center, and Madeline, 9, around them, as the couple were married in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed.

- AP Photo/Michael Conroy
May 11, 2014
Austrian singer Conchita Wurst arrives at the airport in Vienna. Bearded drag queen Conchita has made a triumphant return to Austria after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.

- AP Photo/Ronald Zak
May 05, 2014
Mariela Castro, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education and daughter of Cuba's President, Raul Castro, gives a press conference on the first day of the VI Regional ILGALAC Conference and the start of activities at the VII Cuban Symposium Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana, Cuba. Organisations from across Latin America that promote sexual diversity are gathering in Cuba to address hate crime, discrimination and the criminalisation of homosexuality in some countries. ILGALAC stands for the International Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals and Intersexuals.

- AP Photo/Franklin Reyes
May 01, 2014
Imran Khan, Celina Jaitly and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi during the launch of a United Nations music video for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Apr 24, 2014
Transgender and social activist Laxmi Tripathi after casting vote for Lok Sabha polls at a polling station in Navi Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Apr 22, 2014
Congress candidate Preneet Kaur during an election campaign in Patiala.

- PTI Photo
Apr 19, 2014
Transgenders celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan
Apr 17, 2014
Bharati Kannamma, 1st from Right, Transgender activist, Independent candidate from Madurai Constituency speaks with local men in Madurai

- Sivaram V.
Apr 17, 2014
Freedom song Transgenders celebrating the Supreme Court verdict in Delhi

- Jitender Gupta
Apr 15, 2014
Transgenders celebrate after the Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Apr 15, 2014
Asia Pacific Transgender Network founding member, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi (L) along with another member in New Delhi after the Supreme Court recognised transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender and directed Centre and States to grant them all facilities, including voters ID, passport and driving licence.

- PTI PhotoPTI Photo
Mar 29, 2014
Sean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other after they were announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday. They got married just after midnight Friday, when the act legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect.

- AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Feb 09, 2014
LGBT activists taking out an awareness rally in Guwahati.

- PTI Photo
Feb 09, 2014
Gay rights activists from northeastern states participate in a protest against Supreme Court decision upholding a law that criminalizes gay sex in Guwahati.

- AP Photo/Anupam Nath
Feb 07, 2014
Google's worldwide search homepage logo during the Sochi Olympics against Russia's anti-gay laws.

- Photo Courtesy: Google
Jan 28, 2014
A gay rights activist protests against a recent Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Jan 28, 2014
A gay rights activist during a protest against the Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Jan 28, 2014
Gay rights activists during a protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Jan 28, 2014
A gay rights activist protests against a recent Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Jan 27, 2014
Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

- Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Jan 11, 2014
LGBT activists dance during a flash mob to support Ukraine's integration with the European Union in Kiev, Ukraine.

- AP Photo/ Sergei Chuzavkov
Dec 24, 2013
Q for... The high of the sixth Gay Pride parade in Delhi in November was muted by the SC verdict upholding Section 377 in December

“We are each of us in some way—by caste, sexuality, gender, language—a minority, and the great achievement of Indian polity is that we’ve still held together as a nation.” Vikram Seth, protesting the SC verdict on Section 377

- Reuters (From Outlook 13 January 2014)

Dec 19, 2013


- Sorit
Dec 19, 2013
LGBT people and supporters protest against Supreme Courts recent verdict on Section 377 of IPC, in Kolkata.

- PTI Photo
Dec 19, 2013
Poise, pose, poesy Sumitra invokes the grandeur of Hampi’s temple pond

- K. Venkatesh
Dec 19, 2013
A participant at the Trans Queen contest in Imphal

- Siddharth Haobijam
Dec 19, 2013
QRadio’s Vaishalli

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Dec 19, 2013
Nolan Lewis, 3rd from right, at the 2013 Mr Gay World

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Dec 19, 2013
Global Day of Outrage LGBT community protest after the SC verdict in Delhi

- Jitender Gupta
Dec 16, 2013
Gay rights activists hold placards during a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/ Bikas Das
Dec 15, 2013
LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's judgement on Section 377 at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Dec 15, 2013
LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's judgement on Section 377 at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Dec 15, 2013
Gay rights activists protest against the Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal
Dec 12, 2013
The right to be LGBT activists protest the SC judgement in Delhi, Dec 11, 2013

- Sanjay Rawat
Dec 11, 2013
A gay rights activist talks to another as they gather for a protest following a Supreme Court verdict in Mumbai. In a blow to gay rights activists, the court upheld the constitutional validity of the penal provision making gay sex an offence punishable with upto life imprisonment.

- AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool
Dec 11, 2013
Gay rights activists and others stand outside the Supreme Court after the court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal
Dec 11, 2013
Gay rights activists attend a protest meeting after the Supreme Court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Saurabh Das
Dec 11, 2013
A group of activists hold a banner against section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality during a protest in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool
Dec 11, 2013
Gay rights activists talk as they gather for a protest following a Supreme Court verdict in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool
Dec 11, 2013
Ashok Rai Kavi (3rd from L) and other LGBT activists interact with media after Supreme Court's verdict on section 377 of IPC, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Kumar Joshi
Dec 11, 2013
FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo, gay rights activists display rainbow-colored banner and shout slogans as they march in New Delhi. With the Supreme Court pronouncing gay sex as illegal, the government today indicated that it will take the legislative route to deal with the issue.

- AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal, File
Dec 11, 2013
Gay rights activists shout slogans during a protest after the Supreme Court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri
Dec 11, 2013
Gay rights activists shout slogans during a protest meeting after Supreme Court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Saurabh Das
Dec 11, 2013
LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Kishore
Dec 11, 2013
LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in New Delhi. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi High Court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex.

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Singh
Dec 11, 2013
LGBT activists protest against the Supreme Court verdict which validated the section 377 of IPC, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Santosh Hirlekar
Dec 01, 2013
Eunuchs showing their voter id cards for Rajastan assembly elections at a polling booth in Jodhpur.

- PTI Photo
Nov 24, 2013
Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-genders (LGBT) at the Delhi Queer Pride parade 2013.

- PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan
Nov 24, 2013
Gay rights activists display rainbow-colored banner and shout slogans as they march in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal
Nov 10, 2013
People in costume walk to the annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage.

- AP/PTI
Sep 04, 2013
Protesters of the gay and lesbian activist group AllOut demonstrate opposite Downing Street, in central London about the treatment of LGBT people in Russia and a law adopted by Russia's parliament in June making "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors" illegal.

- AP Photo/ Alastair Grant
Jul 25, 2013
Trousseau For Two

‘Style for miles', ‘beautiful Indian culture’, ‘stunning brides’—that last plural stands for Shannon and Seema, very much in love, and sharing garlands in a ceremony touted as the first Indo-American lesbian wedding. As the brides beamed at the guests, many wept for happiness.

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Jul 07, 2013
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights activists pose for a photograph as they participate in the Rainbow Pride Walk to protest against violence on women and sexual minorities in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/Bikas Das
Jun 26, 2013
People embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

- AP Photo/Noah Berger
Jun 23, 2013
Gay rights activists wave a huge rainbow flag during a demonstration near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.

- AP Photo/Petr David Josek
Jun 07, 2013
Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights movement during Slut Walk in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/Bikas Das
May 26, 2013
Anti gay marriage protestors gather during a demonstration against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption, in Paris.

- AP Photo/Thibault Camus
May 26, 2013
Anti gaymarriage protestors lifts flairs during a demonstation against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption, in Paris.

- AP Photo/Thibault Camus
May 19, 2013
Eunuchs dance at a procession during the Urs festival, at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.

- AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Apr 28, 2013
Gays and lesbians take part in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride, a parade that highlights the April 27-May 6 Tokyo Rainbow Week gay pride celebrations, in Tokyo.

- AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Apr 28, 2013
Gays and lesbians take part in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride, a parade that highlights the April 27-May 6 Tokyo Rainbow Week gay pride celebrations, in Tokyo

- AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Apr 17, 2013
A eunuch dances at a procession during a national meet of the community in Ajmer. The meet in Ajmer is being held to demand increased political representation ahead of the country’s general elections and also to elect a leader for the community.

- AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Apr 04, 2013
In happier times Poonam and Simar when they’re together

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Apr 04, 2013
“We’ve grown over the years and the best times are ahead of us. We have invested just too much in the relationship to let it go.” Reshmi Das 21, Training with Calcutta police

We’ve planned for exotic vacations, tried opening a joint account and even plan to buy a house soon.” Chandrayee Saha 22, Doing MA in Sociology

Location: Calcutta Coming out: April 2011 In a steady relationship: Two years

- Sandipan Chatterjee

Apr 04, 2013
“There are no shoulds or should-nots in our relationship. That’s the understanding we have.” Shelly Simon 26, Guitar teacher

“Shelly’s got into a relationship at a mature age, so I know she’s dead serious about me.” Monu Pipal 31, Property developer

Location: Delhi Coming out: October 2009 In a steady relationship: Four years

- Tribhuvan Tiwari

Apr 04, 2013
“Shwetha is someone I want to grow old with. It’s not just an affair, I can’t think of any part of my life without her.” Smruthi Narayan 30, Online advertising

“Smruthi completes me. All the things I lack in, she fills them up, sets the balance right.” Shwetha Pai 29, Online advertising

Location: Hyderabad Coming out: January 2011 In a steady relationship: Eight years

- P. Anil Kumar

Apr 04, 2013
Location: Bharuch Coming out: October 2009 In a steady relationship: Four years

“Living with a woman is much easier and safer. We don’t have to deal with the male ego.” Radhika 28, Office manager

“The first time we met at an ancestral bungalow, we kissed and I knew this is for keeps. The passion is even more intense now.” Manjari 33, Business manager

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Apr 04, 2013
“We give importance to friendship above everything else. It’s only then that you can love, trust and care.” Alka 39, Self-employed

“She’s my best friend, my soul mate and my life. I could search the whole world over, but she’ll be everything I need.” Sonali Roy 37, Self-employed

Location: Calcutta <./b>Coming out: October 2011 In a steady relationship: Three years

- Sandipan Chatterjee

Feb 27, 2013
Winners of the "Miss Melukolupu 2013" or "Miss Awareness" festival in Hyderabad. The event was a part of an awareness programme organised by the Suraksha Society, an organisation that works for the human rights of transgender people.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Feb 15, 2013
Maika Elan, Vietnam, for Most won the 1st prize Contemporary Issues Stories in the World Press Photo 2013. The photo shows Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watching television to relax after studying at school. Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex relationships. But its communist government is considering recognizing same-sex marriage.

- AP Photo/Maika Elan, Most
Feb 03, 2013
Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community participate in the Hyderabad pride parade.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Feb 03, 2013
Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community ride a cycle rickshaw as they participate in the Hyderabad gay pride parade.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Feb 03, 2013
Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community participate in the Hyderabad gay pride parade.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A
Feb 02, 2013
Members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community participate in a parade in Mumbai. The parade was held to spread awareness about harassment, violence and discrimination faced by the community and to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Jan 13, 2013
Italian police officers stop members of a group of four women who went topless to protest the Vatican's opposition to gay marriage, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Police quickly took the women away, and the pope appeared not to have been disturbed as he delivered his traditional prayer from his studio window overlooking the piazza. On their bare backs, the women had painted slogans "In Gay We Trust," and "Shut Up.

- AP Photo/Angelo Carconi
Dec 27, 2012
Artists dress up as eunuchs during a protest over atrocities against women, in Patna.

- PTI Photo
Dec 09, 2012
Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights movement hug each other, during a Rainbow Carnival in Kolkata. The event was organized by Sappho for Equality, a human rights organization fighting for the rights of LGBT community.

- AP Photo/Bikas Das
Dec 02, 2012
Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community wear colorful face masks as they participate in a rally on the last day of Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba or Festival 2012 organized by Coalition of Sexual Minority Rights, in Bangalore.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Dec 02, 2012
A supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community stands with her child as she participates in a rally on the last day of Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba or Festival 2012 organized by Coalition of Sexual Minority Rights, in Bangalore.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Nov 25, 2012
Participants gather for the 5th Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity.

- AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi
Nov 25, 2012
Participants carry a nearly 15-meter- (50-foot-) long, rainbow-colored banner at the 5th Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity.

- AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi
Nov 25, 2012
A Member of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) pose for photo as he participate at Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan
Nov 12, 2012
File photo of Asian Games gold medal winner Pinki Pramanik after her release in North 24 Parganas in July 2012. A medical report submitted by the police in a Barasat court confirmed athlete Pinki Pramanik to be a male.

- PTI Photo
Oct 24, 2012
Ashok Row Kavi

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Aug 14, 2012
Madrid’s Gay Pride

- Corbis (From Outlook Traveller August Issue, 2012)
Jul 15, 2012
Members of LGBT Community dance on a street during their 11 th Rainbow pride walk in Kolkata to mark 1969 Stonewall Riots.

- PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra
Jul 15, 2012
An activist waves a rainbow flag during a Rainbow Pride Rally of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual minority communities in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/Bikas Das
Jul 15, 2012
Participants dance on the street as they take part in a Rainbow Pride Rally of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual minority communities in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/Bikas Das
Jul 11, 2012
Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik, who today walked out of jail after spending 26 days in custody on charges of rape, alleged that police had tied her hands and legs and forcibly conducted the gender determination test on her.

- TV Grab
Jul 09, 2012
Women protest against alleged ill-treatment meted out to currently jailed former international athlete Pinki Pramanik at the Baguiati in North 24 Parganas district on Monday.

- PTI Photo
Jun 29, 2012
Woman athlete Pinky Pramanik being taken to Barasat Court in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. Pinky was arrested by the police on allegations of "rape"' and charges that she is actually "male".

- PTI Photo
Jun 27, 2012
Many-flared Erotica is finally about us

- Sanjay Rawat
Jun 24, 2012
Niki Ryan, left, applies lipstick for her niece Brenna Ryan as they wait for the start of San Francisco's 42nd annual gay pride parade. Organizers say more than 200 floats, vehicles and groups of marchers will take part in the parade.

- AP Photo/Noah Berger
Jun 15, 2012
Woman athlete Pinky Pramanik being taken to Barasat Court in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal after she was arrested by the police on allegations of rape and charges that she is actually male.

- PTI Photo
May 29, 2012
Eunuchs dance in the streets during annual Urs of sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.

- PTI Photo
May 13, 2012
Jenna Talackova, the first transgendered Miss Universe Canada contestant, poses during a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012 ahead of next week's Miss Universe Canada pageant. Talackova, a Vancouver resident, underwent a sex change four years ago after being born a male.

- AP/PTI
May 02, 2012
Eunuchs mourn as they re-enact a story adopted from the epic Mahabharata during the annual eunuch festival at Koovagam, around 132 kms south of Chennai.

- AP Photo/ Arun Sankar.K
Apr 30, 2012
Miss Gay Nicaragua 2011, Jasuhara Brown, places a tiara on Bismark Martinez, winner of the 2012 Miss Gay Nicaragua beauty contest at the Ruben Dario National Theatre in Managua, Nicaragua.

- AP Photo/ Esteban Felix
Feb 23, 2012
FILE- In this July 2, 2010 file photograph, gay rights activists participate in a celebration marking the first anniversary of a court's ruling decriminalizing homosexuality in India, in New Delhi. A lawyer for the Home Ministry told the Supreme Court that gay sex was "immoral" and urged the court to keep it illegal, even as the government denied it opposed decriminalizing homosexuality.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup, File
Feb 14, 2012
Nontawat Jaroengsornsinpose left and his partner Thanakorn Sittiamthong, right, kiss on their way to winning the World's Longest Continuous Kiss contest with a new record of 50 hours 25 mins 01, in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand.

- AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit
Jan 28, 2012
A participant wears a mask during a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parade in Mumbai. Hundreds of people gathered for the march.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Jan 28, 2012
A participant wearing a dress dances during a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender parade, in Mumbai. Hundreds of people gathered for the parade. ()

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Jan 24, 2012
FILE: In this photo, a rainbow flag with a Star of David is placed at the entrance to the municipality building in Tel Aviv, Israel. Thanks to a balmy climate, a vibrant nightlife and a creative, government-backed branding campaign, Tel Aviv has become one of the world's top gay tourist destinations.

- AP Photo/Oded Balilty
Jan 23, 2012
Participants of the "Miss Melukolupu or Awareness 2012" contest gesture during an awareness program organized by Suraksha Society, an organization that works for the human rights of the transgenders, in Hyderabad.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Dec 16, 2011
A spectator watches a fashion presentation during the third edition of "Destravarte", a three-day art show of work by transvestites, trans-sexual and transgenders, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In November 2011, the Congress approved the Gender Identity Law, still to be confirmed by the Senate, which allows any person decide their gender regardless of how it has been registered at birth. Currently, trans-gender people in Argentina who wish to correct their documentation must go through a legal process.

- AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
Nov 27, 2011
A member of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) participate in a gay parade in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo / Shahbaz Khan
Nov 27, 2011
Members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) participate in a gay parade in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo / Shahbaz Khan
Nov 23, 2011
Madhu, 56 Chandigarh

Little about Madhu belies her third sex identity. Other than the gruff voice and the hint of a stubble on her chin. She’s built a famous temple in Chandigarh, in which every religion is accomodated. She lives with her troupe and two German Shepherds above the shrine. Her “girls” do what her community is identified with—dance and sing for money—and Madhu is the ‘alpha female’ of the house. She does social work and offers herbal treatments for various ailments, often free of cost. The privileged access to her spic-’n-span home reveals a smoothly run operation, like an efficient hostel. “Call it a home,” she corrects us. People troop in with a myriad problems and she has all the solutions. A young girl from a boutique that Madhu patronises in Mohali comes to her in need of finance for a new project. “Main hoon na,” says Madhu. Her word carries weight.

- Tribhuvan Tiwari

Nov 23, 2011
Shobha, Hisar

She refuses to divulge her age and hates being called hijra or kinnar. “We belong to the mangala mukhi samaj,” Shobha says, throwing another term for the third sex at us. Born in Karnataka, Shobha was forced to join a eunuch troupe after her mother died and her father remarried. After spending some time in Mumbai and Delhi, she eventually made Rajiv Nagar in Haryana’s Hisar district her home. After ekeing out a living by singing and dancing on auspicious occasions for a time, Shobha has now immersed herself in carrying out social work. She has opened a primary school, a temple and a dharamshala. She has married off needy girls. “Twenty-two ladkiyon ki doli mere ghar se uthi hai,” Shobha says, with pride in her voice. She has adopted two girls—Heena and Geeta—who she saved from becoming victims to female infanticide. Shobha is also the first eunuch to have won a municipal council election, in 1994. She has won the civic body election thrice.

- Tribhuvan Tiwari

Nov 23, 2011
Nargis, 54, New Delhi

Nargis resides in a three-storeyed house in Lalita Park in Delhi’s Lakshmi Nagar. That she is a devout woman is reflected both in her appearance and in her deeds. Nargis is deeply committed to the social upliftment of the marginalised. She has helped four labourer girls get married and cares for a 14-year-old daily-wager who she intends to help settle down too. Every Tuesday, she puts on yellow clothes and attends satsang sessions in Faridabad. She also organises jagrans and pujas out of her home for people from all communities. The residents of her colony turn to her to resolve minor disputes. Held in high esteem by one and all, Nargis’s decisions are shown the same respect.

- Tribhuvan Tiwari

Nov 23, 2011
Seeta, 26, New Delhi

Born and raised in Delhi, the well-groomed and tech-savvy Seeta can put any society lady to shame. Seeing her work on her laptop, it is difficult to imagine her doing anything else in life. It comes as no surprise when she says she never wanted to sing and dance. “I didn’t like the idea, my heart wasn’t in it at all,” she remembers. She enrolled in a long distance education programme in Delhi University. After graduation, she worked for an NGO, eventually setting up her own, Kinnar Bharati, in 2009 in West Patel Nagar. “Now I do not just have a job but an office of my own,” she says proudly. She employs six other eunuchs. Her NGO works on issues like the rights and health of eunuchs, organises educational modules and guides them towards gainful employment. Says Seeta: “If we get educated and get regular jobs, then we can live like ordinary people.”

- Tribhuvan Tiwari

Nov 23, 2011
Ruchi, 23, New Delhi

Ruchi was only one-and-a-half years old when her mother passed away. Her father died when she was five. Her two brothers and four sisters, all ‘normal’ people, did not want to take care of her and so, she was forced to work as a maid in several households. In many, she was ill-treated, often receiving nothing but dry rotis and pickle for sustenance. But thoughts of turning to song and dance, for long a refuge of the eunuch, never entered Ruchi’s mind. For the past 11 years she’s been trying hard to become financially independent, selling pottery in Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar. She stays on her own in a rented room and hopes to work in an office some day. “Apne pairon pe khada hone mein, apni rozi-roti kamane mein bada sukh hai,” she says. There is noticeable rancour against the uncaring siblings: “When I fall ill, nobody comes to look after me but they always call me when they need money.” In fact, her LIC policies have her sister’s son as her nominee.

- Tribhuvan Tiwari

Nov 21, 2011
An eunuch is comforted as she mourns a friend killed in a fire on Sunday evening, outside a hospital in New Delhi. The blaze, which killed more than a dozen people, happened during a gathering of thousands of eunuchs at a prayer ceremony and feast held once every five years at a fairground in the Nand Nagri area of east Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Nov 21, 2011
People look on after a major fire broke out at the site of a congregation of eunuchs in the Nand Nagri area of New Delhi on Sunday night. 14 people died and 40 were injured in the incident.

- AP Photo
Nov 21, 2011
Eunuchs look for valuables at the scene of a fire in New Delhi. The blaze, which killed more than a dozen people, happened during a gathering of thousands of eunuchs at a prayer ceremony.

- PTI Photo
Nov 20, 2011
Eunuchs and rescuers search for the remains after a major fire broke out at the site of a congregation of eunuchs in the Nand Nagri area of New Delhi. 14 people died and 40 were injured in the incident.

- PTI Photo/ Aman Sharma
Nov 20, 2011
Eunuchs react after a major fire broke out at the site of a congregation of eunuchs in the Nand Nagri area of New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Aman Sharma
Sep 20, 2011
Navy Lt. Gary Ross, right, and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows in Duxbury, Vt. The two men recited their vows at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The partners of 11 years married at the stroke of midnight, just as the ban ended.

- AP Photo/Toby Talbot
Aug 06, 2011
Participants dance on a boat as hundreds of thousands of people lined Amsterdam's Prinsengracht canal to watch Canal Parade. A total of 80 boats participated in the 16th version of the annual event, part of Gay Pride celebrations.

- AP/PTI
Jul 17, 2011
An activist puts a rainbow mask to another during a Rainbow Pride Walk by the GLBT community in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/ Bikas Das
Jul 17, 2011
Activists of the GLBT community take out a Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/ Bikas Das
Jul 17, 2011
Members of the GLBT community take out a Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata.

- AP Photo/ Bikas Das
Jul 06, 2011
A member of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gets ready for an in house performance prior to a weekly evening meeting, in New Delhi. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad derided homosexuality as an unnatural "disease" from the West at an HIV/AIDS conference, drawing outrage from a U.N. official and activists who said the comments set back campaigns for gay rights and against HIV

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Jul 05, 2011
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad gestures during a press conference in New Delhi. Azad derided homosexuality as an unnatural "disease" from the West at an HIV/AIDS conference, drawing outrage from a U.N. official and activists who said the comments set back campaigns for gay rights and against HIV. In a hastily called news conferenc, Azad said he was misquoted, though video of the speech has aired repeatedly on Indian television.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Jul 05, 2011
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad leaves his residence in New Delhi. Azad has outraged activists by calling homosexuality a "disease" and "completely unnatural" during a conference on HIV/AIDS. Azad's description of homosexuality as a disease is regressive and hinders the country's fight against HIV and equal rights for gay people.

- AP Photo
Jul 02, 2011
Members of the GLBT dance as they participate in a gay parade to mark the anniversary Delhi High Court's verdict amending section 377 of IPC in New Delhi.

- PTI photo/ Shahbaz Khan
Jul 02, 2011
Members of the GLBT participate in a gay parade to mark the anniversary Delhi High Court's verdict amending section 377 of IPC in New Delhi.

- PTI photo/ Shahbaz Khan
Jun 27, 2011
People tie balloons to a banner in preparation for the annual Gay Pride parade in New York. One of the world's oldest and largest gay pride parades was expected to become a victory celebration after New York's historic decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

- AP Photo/ Mark Lennihan
Jun 27, 2011
A person in costume attends the Gay Pride Parade in Cali, Colombia.

- AP Photo/ Carlos Julio Martinez
Jun 26, 2011
Men dance as a woman looks on during a gay pride parade in Guatemala City.

- AP Photo/ Rodrigo Abd
Jun 20, 2011
Courtney Mitchell, a college professor, left, and Sarah Welton, a lawyer, pose for photographs after their wedding ceremony at a temple in Katmandu, Nepal. The couple from Denver, Colorado, married in a Nepalese tradition in the first public lesbian wedding in the Himalayan nation that recently began recognising gay rights and working to draft laws to end sexual discrimination.

- AP Photo/ Binod Joshi
Jun 20, 2011
South Asia’s first public Gay Wedding happens in Kathmandu where a lesbian couple, Courtney Mitchell and Sarah Welton, get hitched at a temple.

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May 18, 2011
Bollywood actress Celina Jaitley during the announcement of Kashish India's queer film festival, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Apr 30, 2011
Transgenders greet each other as they celebrate 'Transgenders day' in Kolkata.

- PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra
Dec 05, 2010
In this photo taken Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, a eunuch sports jeweleries at a rally to mark the congregation of thousands of eunuchs from different parts of India and Pakistan in Jammu.

- AP Photo/Channi Anand
Dec 01, 2010
Transgenders stand with a giant condom during an awareness rally to mark World AIDS Day in Hyderabad.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Dec 01, 2010
Transgenders hug a giant condom during an awareness rally to mark World AIDS Day in Hyderabad.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Nov 28, 2010
Members of the lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender participate in a gay pride parade in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Aman Sharma
Nov 26, 2010
The Pope, and recommending condoms? In a Vatican-rocking comment, the pontiff said it’d be the responsible thing, especially for gay people. World agog.

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Nov 15, 2010
Participants dressed as indians dance at the annual gay pride parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

- AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Nov 15, 2010
A participant dressed as an angel gestures during the gay pride parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

- AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Oct 20, 2010
2000
Venus Men It’s just another Wednesday at Delhi NGO Naz Foundation. Cross-dressers revel in their skirts and an attitude to match.

- Narendra Bisht
Jul 02, 2010
Members of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community hug each other during a celebration marking the first anniversary of decriminalisation of gay sex between consenting adults, in Mumbai. The Delhi High Court on July 2, 2009 struck down a law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, that made sex between people of the same gender punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Jul 02, 2010
A member of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community smokes during a celebration marking the first anniversary of decriminalisation of gay sex between consenting adults, in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Jul 02, 2010
Gay rights activists participate in a celebration marking the first anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in India.

- AP Photo/ Manish Swarup
Jun 27, 2010
A clown walks next to a transsexual during the Gay Pride parade in Guatemala City.

- AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
Jun 20, 2010
A man poses as he celebrates during the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin. Christopher Street Day (CSD) Parade is an enormous outdoor gay and lesbian party that has taken place every summer in Berlin since 1979. The festival is named after the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York that happened after police raided a gay bar on Christopher Street.

- AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
May 25, 2010
Detained transvestites look out from a bus as they leave after a court appearance in Peshawar, Pakistan. Police busted a wedding between a businessman and his transgender bride, taking away the couple and 43 guests on accusations that they were violating laws against same-sex marriage

- AP Photo/Mohammad Iqbal
May 25, 2010
A Pakistani police officer escort a businessman Iqbal Khan, second right, and a transvestite Kashif, left, to the city court in Peshawar, Pakistan. Police busted a wedding between a businessman and his transgender bride, taking away the couple and 43 guests on accusations that they were violating laws against same-sex marriage

- AP Photo/Mohammad Iqbal
May 07, 2010
Rose Venkatesan, 31, India's first transgender talk show host, cuts a cake to celebrate her 'first birthday' as a woman during a press conference. Rose, who recently underwent sex reassignment surgery so she physically looks like a woman, says she plans to make a film on her life and use her popular talk show to show up the injustices and harassment that the transgender community faces.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Feb 22, 2010
Eunuch Bobby (C) with actors Celina Jaitley & Zeenat Aman after winning the 'Indian Super Queen' beauty pagaent for the transgender community in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Jan 11, 2010
Happy, Gay, Legit
Activists for gay rights in Mumbai celebrate a Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality.

- Apoorva Salkade
Dec 29, 2009
In this photo distributed by the press office of Tierra del Fuego government, Alex Freyre, right, and his partner Jose Maria Di Bello, both HIV positive, kiss after getting married at the civil registry in Ushuaia, southern Argentina. The couple's union is the first gay marriage in Latin America.

- AP Photo/Government of Tierra del Fuego
Jul 18, 2009
Representatives of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh organizations Swaminath Swamiji, Mufti Iftikhar Ahmed and Harminder Singh during a joint press conference of different religious organizations to condemn the Delhi High Court ruling on decriminalizing adult consensual homosexuality, in Bangalore.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Jul 09, 2009
Participants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal, during a gay parade in New Delhi. Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition by an astrologer who is seeking to annul last week's landmark ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexuality. The latest development indicated that despite a recent Delhi High Court ruling, gays still face a long battle to gain acceptance, social and legal, in this deeply conservative country where even heterosexual sex is talked about in hushed tones.

- AP Photo/Gurinder Osan
Jul 05, 2009
Gay rights activists participate in the Rainbow Pride Walk to commemorate the Stonewall riots, in Calcutta. The landmark Stonewall riots took place in 1969 at a Greenwich Village bar in New York when patrons at the gay bar resisted the police. The several days of disturbances that followed the uprising became one of the defining moments of the gay rights movements.

- AP Photo/Bikas Das
Jul 02, 2009
Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgment that held that "Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution".

- AP
Jul 02, 2009
Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgement that held that "Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution".

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Jul 02, 2009
Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgment that held that "Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution".

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Jul 02, 2009
Jubilant Celina Jaitley talks to media after the Delhi High Court passed a ruling decriminalising homosexuality, at Whistling Woods International in Goregaon, Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Jul 02, 2009
Gay activists celebrate the Delhi High Court judgement that held that "Section 377 IPC, insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution".

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Jul 02, 2009
Gay community celebrate after the Delhi High Court's ruling decriminalising homosexuality, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Jun 28, 2009
Participants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal, during a gay parade in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/Gurinder Osan
Jun 28, 2009
Participants carry a flag with rainbow colours during a gay parade in New Delhi. Hundreds of gay rights supporters waved flags and danced past traffic during marches through three cities to celebrate gay pride and push for the repeal of a colonial-era law that makes homosexual sex a crime.

- AP Photo/Gurinder Osan
Nov 13, 2008
Michael Miller and Ross Zachs share a kiss after getting married on the same day when a New Haven Superior Court Judge legalised same sex marriages in Connecticut.

- AP Photo/Fred Beckham
Nov 06, 2008
Protest against Prop. 8. In a heartbreaking defeat for the gay-rights movement, California voters put a stop to gay marriage, creating uncertainty about the legal status of 18,000 same-sex couples who tied the knot during a four-month window of opportunity opened by the state's highest court.

- AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian
Sep 30, 2008
Monday September 29, 2008
Whatever happened to the cabinet having one voice?  The government found itself asking the Delhi High Court to ignore the views of its health ministry on removing a penal provision against homosexuality. "It does not matter what the minister (Anbumani Ramadoss) and the ministry's affidavit says. It is for the court to decide on the issue," Additional Solicitor General P.P.Malhotra told the court. He was responding to the court pulling up the government during the Sept 25 hearing for speaking in two voices on the law against homosexuality. At that time, the government had informed the court that it was not scrapping the law - as the health ministry had suggested. Homosexuality was a 'criminal offence' and would 'disturb the law and order situation and create unnecessary problems in society', the government told the court.  "If we scrap section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (that makes homosexuality a punishable offence), then it will disturb the law and order situation and might create unnecessary problems in the society," Malhotra said. The government, in its earlier reply, had taken a contradictory stand with the home ministry favouring the retention of Section 377 and the health ministry opposing enforcement of the provision in cases involving consenting adults. 'Indian society strongly disapproves of homosexuality and the disapproval is strong enough to justify it being treated as a criminal offence even where consenting  adults indulge in it in private,' the home ministry said in its affidavit. 'Deletion of the section can open the floodgates for delinquent behaviour and be misconstrued as providing unbridled licence for homosexual acts,' it had gone on to add. The health ministry, on the other hand, had said: 'Enforcement of Section 377 can adversely contribute to pushing persons suffering from HIV underground, which would make such risky sexual practices go unnoticed." Section 377 demeans a gay man. It silences a gay man into accepting the discrimination against him. He will not come out to declare his orientation," said the affidavit, filed by the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) that comes under the health ministry. Watch this space.

Also See: Gays, Bisexuals, Lesbians and Transgenders



- File Photo
Jul 01, 2008
Sunday June 29, 2008
And they all came out. Not just out of the closets, but on to the streets of Calcutta, Bangalore and New Delhi. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were participating in the first 'Rainbow Pride Walk'  to call for an end to discrimination and push for acceptance in a society where intolerance is widespread.

Also See: Gays, Bisexuals, Lesbians and Transgendered (GLBT)



- AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi
Jun 18, 2008
Monday June 16, 2008
Phyllis Lyon, right, kisses her partner Del Martin after being married by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in a special ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco. Lyon and Martin became the first officially married same sex couple after California's Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal.

- AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez¤ Pool
Aug 09, 2006
A Filipino protester holds slogans as he joins a rally by lesbian and gay activists in front of the Philippine Senate in suburban Manila. The group is calling on the Senate to expedite the approval of the Anti-Discrimination Bill.

- AP Photo/Aaron Favila
Sep 27, 2005
Protesters display their placards as they dramatize the alleged curtailment of freedom during a rally in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila. The protesters mostly gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders opposed the government's policy of violent dispersal against rallies without permit and likened it during the martial law days.

- AP Photo/Pat Roque
May 10, 2005
Protesting gays and lesbians wear masks to hide their identity during a rally outside the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City east of Manila calling for the passage of the bill that will safeguard the rights and welfare of homosexuals. The protesters called for the punishments of discriminatory acts against gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgenders.

- AP Photo/Pat Roque
Dec 13, 2004
Monday 12 December

Rajwinder Kaur or Raju, 25 and her 'wife' Mala, 21, as seen at their home in Amritsar, Punjab. The two girls had eloped recently and tied the knot "in front of the holy fire" in New Delhi and demanded of their parents that they be allowed to live as husband and wife. Their parents had lodged a missing persons complaint with the police. The couple was briefly detained by the police but a duty magistrate in Amritsar set them free from legal wrangles, stating they were adults and no case could be registered against them. Meanwhile, a public debate rages in Punjab about same sex marriage.

- AP Photo/Str

Jun 25, 2004
Israeli women kiss while dancing to music as they participate in the annual gay-pride celebration in Tel Aviv.

- AP Photo/Brennan Linsley
Feb 23, 2004
21 February

Georgina Graciano and Maria Castillo dance to the music of a mariachi band as they wait to apply for a marriage license at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California. More than 3,000 gay and lesbian couples have been married in San Francisco since the city's new mayor Gavin Newsom decided to defy state law and allow such weddings. But California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the state's attorney-general to take immediate steps to get a court ruling against the same-sex weddings as they represented 'an imminent risk to civil order'.

- AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News¤ Karen T. Borchers

Jul 31, 2003
Banners reading 'No God, Atheism and Liberty', 'Democracy Yes, Theocracy No' and 'Free the laws of the State from the taboos of religion' are held by gay protestors outside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 31, 2003. The Vatican launched a global campaign against gay marraiges on Thursday, warning Catholic politicians that support of same-sex unions was 'gravely immoral'.

- Sandro Pace / AP
Jun 27, 2003
An Israeli youth uses a police car's window as a mirror during a Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, Friday, June 27, 2003.

- Pier Paolo Cito / AP
Jun 08, 2002
07 June 2002: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man collects charity during a Gay pride parade in downtown Jerusalem. The unprecedented gay parade has set off waves of criticism from the city's Orthodox Jewish population.

- Charles Dharapak/ AP
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