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Mallakhamba: ever wonder where pole dancing came from?

Pole dancing traces back to the traditional Indian sport of Mallakhamba, where gymnasts perform aerial yoga and gymnastic postures using wrestling grips on a stationary vertical pole. Who knew pole dancing came from an ancient tradition? Pottery from the 2nd century BCE shows illustrations of mallakhamba with images of gymnasts hanging from pole-like structures. However, despite …

Kavita Arora and Ankita Khanna, lesbian Indian couple fighting for same-sex marriage

India’s top court refuses to legalise same-sex marriage

India’s top court has ruled against allowing same-sex marriage but in favour of other legal rights, in a highly-anticipated ruling in the world’s most populous country. Twenty-one Indian same-sex couples and LGBTQIA+ activists took their case to the Supreme Court earlier this year. They argued being excluded from India’s “marriage-based culture” violated their constitutional rights …

India’s first openly gay prince on his conversion therapy experience

India’s first openly gay prince, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has opened up about the extreme steps his parents took in order to “convert” him. In an interview with Sky News, the 57-year-old prince, who is the 39th direct descendant of India’s Gohil Rajput dynasty, revealed that his parents sought out avenues to “perform a surgery on his …

Indian gay couple share beautiful - but not legal - same-sex wedding

Indian government claims same-sex marriage will cause ‘havoc’

India’s government is dead against legalising same-sex marriage, arguing same-sex unions are “not comparable” to heterosexual marriages and legalisation will wreak “complete havoc” in the country. The federal government has responded in the Supreme Court to legal challenges by same-sex couples who are fighting to get legally married. In 2018, India’s Supreme Court finally struck …

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Viral Hindu husbands expecting baby

Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju are expecting a baby. The viral Hindu husbands previously captured hearts for their lavish Desi wedding ceremony in a Hindu temple in the US. Amit and Aditya met in 2016 at a mutual friend’s birthday party and say they were inseparable from that moment. After a registry office marriage in …

Indian gay couple share beautiful - but not legal - same-sex wedding

Gay couples demand India’s top court legalises same-sex marriage

India’s Supreme Court has accepted legal petitions from four gay couples who’ve gone to the court demanding the country legalise same-sex marriage. In 2018, India finally struck down a colonial-era law criminalising gay sex. However same-sex marriages aren’t yet legally recognised in the country. The couples said that while the 2018 ruling was an historic …

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Trans judge Joyita Mondal welcomes ruling on trans police

India’s first transgender judge Joyita Mondal has welcomed a decision by the Maharashtra state government to take applications from members of the country’s third gender to become police constables. The Indian Supreme Court recognised hijras, transgender people, eunuchs, and intersex people as a third gender in 2014. Neighbouring Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh also legally accepted …

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Court reunites lesbian couple Adhila Nassarin & Fathima Noora

An Indian court has reunited a lesbian couple forcibly separated by their parents. Adhila Nassarin and Fathima Noora, both 23, were forced apart by their Muslim parents in the Indian state of Kerala. The two women met and fell in love while studying in Saudi Arabia. However, they separated on their return to India because …

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‘We do’: Gay couple throw beautiful traditional Indian wedding

A gay couple’s big traditional wedding in India has sparked an outpouring of love online, as the couple’s relationship sadly remains unrecognised in their country. Abhishek Ray and Chaitanya Sharma, a gay couple based in Kolkata, threw the lavish but intimate ceremony last weekend. The two grooms and their photographer posted widely-shared photos of the …

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi Aryan Pasha La Beauté & Style transgender owned and operated

Dehli’s transgender owned and operated beauty salon

La Beauté & Style launched in Delhi in September as India’s first transgender owned and operated beauty salon. Trans celebrities Aryan Pasha and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, both also well-known activists, started the business to provide much-needed employment for their community. Bilal Khan reported in Gaylaxy Magazine that although exclusively staffed by transgender men and women, …

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