Ripples from the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling in a Texas sodomy law case have made it all the way to India, where activists are fighting a colonial-era ban on homosexual sex that authorities use to intimidate gay people. As the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the sodomy law in Texas on […]
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RECENT gay rights activism in much of Eastern Europe has been driven by the desire to become eligible for membership in the European Union (EU), which imposes a list of fairly stringent requirements on member countries in the sphere of #human rights guarantees, including adoption of laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Hungary […]
When I mentioned to a friend recently that I was writing an article for The Gay & Lesbian Review, the Moscow writer—who keeps his sexual orientation hidden from his fellow literati—sounded concerned. “Aren’t you afraid to be published in a ‘minority magazine’? For me this would be out of question,” he said. His fear […]
HALFWAY UP the stairs to the second-floor entrance of The Museum of Ancient Chinese Sex Culture in Shanghai, one comes to a landing. There, set up on a pedestal, a kitschy, 19th-century porcelain statue of Guanyin, the goddess of compassion, greets the visitor.
GAY MEN AND LESBIANS comprise an estimated three to four percent of China’s 1.2 billion people, which yields a range of 36 million to 48 million people. If the real number lies at the midpoint of that staggering estimate, the total number of homosexuals in China is greater than the total population of Spain. […]
Israel’s largest gay and lesbian organization, Aguda, estimates that between 350 and 450 gay-identified Palestinian men, mostly under the age of 26, live illegally inside of Israel.
The myth persists that there are no gays or lesbians in India, and this undermines the development of a collective gay or lesbian identity.
SOON AFTER American troops entered Afghanistan following the events of 9/11/2001, reports began to appear in major press outlets documenting a phenomenon that had previously received scant attention: widespread homosexual activity among Afghan men, in particular among the Pashtun of the southern region of Kandahar.
Baklas are effeminate men who dress in women’s garb and consider themselves in every way to be female.
In 2013, the Supreme Court of India ruled against the decriminalization of homosexual relationships as decided by the Delhi high court in July 2009. … Consequently, homosexual relationships are again punishable in India with up to ten years’ imprisonment.