In a first, Punjab opens school for transgender children

State-of-the-art “Tahaffuz Darsgah” will provide shelter and education to transgender children under one roof Outgoing Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi Friday inaugurated the first-ever shelter and education centre for transgender children in Lahore. Located near Jallo Park, “Tahaffuz Darsgah”, literally “safe lyceum”, is a state-of-the-art revolutionary initiative, which will provide O- and A-levels education…

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Drive-Away Dolls: How Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke’s Long Marriage Shaped Their Lesbian Road-Trip Movie

The backstory of Drive-Away Dolls begins in the winter of 1989, when a recent New York University film grad named Tricia Cooke traveled to New Orleans and worked on the Coen brothers film Miller’s Crossing.  Joel and Ethan Coen were already being recognized as masterful filmmakers for their noir debut Blood Simple and the delirious…

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Bay Area’s Trailblazing Two-Spirit Organization Turns 25

This year’s powwow drew nearly 5,000 Two-Spirit, IndigeQueer, and LGBTQ+ relatives and allies. (photo/Facebook) The 13th Annual Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow, held on February 10, 2024, marked the 25th anniversary of the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit community. Organized by the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Society (BAAITS), this annual event serves as…

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Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor criticizes The Color Purple for queer erasure: ‘You’re sanitizing me and my friends. Why?’

“I want people to walk away from ‘The Color Purple’ thinking, ‘I just saw a movie about Black lesbians.’ I don’t think that has happened.” Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor isn’t just aware of the criticism surrounding The Color Purple’s central queer romance, she agrees with it. After appearing in the 2023 film as mother to its protagonist,…

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Awadh Queer Pride: Taking pride in their sexuality!

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, with allies, participated in Awadh Queer Pride March in Lucknow. Over 500 members and allies participated in the rally to spread awareness and message of inclusivity for the LGBTQIA+ community. We had wider participation from different cities of UP and other parts…

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Kristen Stewart Says the ‘Era of Queer Films Being So Pointedly Only That Is Done’: I Shouldn’t ‘Have to Stand on a F—ing Soapbox’

At the Berlin Film Festival press conference for her new film “Love Lies Bleeding,” Kristen Stewart said she thinks the era of queer films “being so pointedly only that is done,” adding that it’s time for films to focus on “sidelined perspectives” while “not making it all about the reasons that they’re sidelined.” “Love Lies…

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Lesbian couple makes history in Nepal as first to have their marriage recognized by government

Nepalese Hindu couple exchanging marriage vows Photo: Shutterstock First Taiwan, and now Nepal — marriage equality is finally catching on in Asia. As LGBTQ+ rights have expanded, countries worldwide have recognized gay and lesbian couples’ right to marry. But while marriage equality has become commonplace in Europe and North and South America, progress has been…

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Has Caster Semenya not suffered enough?

Caster Semenya has appealed for funds for her legal battle against regulations requiring female athletes with high testosterone to take medication. Image via Instagram @castersemenya800m Caster Semenya’s decade-long fight for the rights of intersex athletes continues. Support her legal battle at the ECHR Semenya and Her Case: Background Semenya’s fight centres on rules requiring female…

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