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A Fortnight’s Raucous Roundup

BY ED SIKOV | It’s been a slow news cycle here at Media Circus, where we count news cycles as the two-week periods between issues of Gay City News, not the usual overly speedy 24-hour time frame favored by the mainstream media. So we’re going to do a roundup of all the snippets that caught our […]

South Asian Culture Wars

South Asian Culture Wars

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Unfreedom,” written and directed by Raj Amit Kumar, tells two vivid and visceral parallel stories about intolerance. In New Delhi, Leela (Preeti Gupta), a lesbian, rejects her father Devraj’s (Adil Hussain) plans for an arranged marriage and runs off with her activist lover, Sakhi (Bhavani Lee). Meanwhile, in New York, […]

A Sweeping Win for Transgender Rights in India

A Sweeping Win for Transgender Rights in India

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an historic decision, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, ruling on a petition brought on behalf of transgender community members by the National Legal Services Authority, has declared that among the human rights protected by the nation’s Constitution are the right to state recognition of their gender […]

Ignoring Global Pressure, Ugandan President to Sign Draconian Anti-Gay Bill

Ignoring Global Pressure, Ugandan President to Sign Draconian Anti-Gay Bill

BY ANDY HUMM | Defying Western critics and worldwide demonstrations, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign a harshly anti-gay measure into law. The bill, passed in December, dropped death penalties from what had been dubbed the “kill-the-gays-bill” and substituted long prison sentences, including life in prison for contracting a same-sex marriage. In a speech before […]

Eric Holder, in New York HRC Address, Spells Out Next Steps in Complying with 2013 DOMA Ruling

Eric Holder, in New York HRC Address, Spells Out Next Steps in Complying with 2013 DOMA Ruling

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | US Attorney General Eric Holder used the occasion of an address to the Human Rights Campaign’s annual New York City gala to announce a number of new Justice Department policies expanding on the federal government’s efforts to ensure that married same-sex couples have the same rights as different-sex couples. At the February […]

Dismissing “So-Called Rights of LGBT People,” Indian Supreme Court Revives Sodomy Law

Dismissing “So-Called Rights of LGBT People,” Indian Supreme Court Revives Sodomy Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |  A two-judge panel from the Supreme Court of India has ruled that a 2009 decision from the Delhi High Court striking down that nation’s colonial-era sodomy law is “legally unsustainable.” The December 11 ruling from Justices G.S. Singhvi and Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya drew immediate protests from progressive elements of Indian […]