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Where Are We Now: Recent Advances In HIV Research (That Have Taken Way Too Long)

Thus far, the London Patient and the Berlin Patient have given hope to researchers, clinicians and people with HIV that stem-cell transplants could be a potential method to eradicate HIV. Ravindra Kumar Gupta, Ph.D., - a professor at the University of Cambridge and a lead author on the case study of the research findings around the London Patient - is cautiously optimistic though, stating that such treatment should be a “last resort for patients with HIV who also have life-threatening hematological malignancies”.

Why The Centre Is Afraid Of Saurabh Kirpal?

Kirpal, an out gay man, who played an instrumental role in getting Section 377 scrapped, if appointed, would become “India’s first openly gay judge,” the Indian Express reports. But he laments whether “this (non-elevation) has probably got to do with my sexuality.”

The Gay Games: An Event That Champions Inclusivity For The LGBTQ+ Community In Sport

The establishment of the Gay Games (also referred to as the ‘Gay Olympics’) in 1982 was a response to decades of marginalisation of the LGBTQ+ community within sports. In an inspiring act of defiance and liberation, athlete Tom Wadell, who was gay himself, came up with the idea of the Gay Olympics that would be held every four years, similar to the modern Olympic Games.

Happily Ever After: Taiwan Rules In Favour Of International Same-Sex Marriages

Taiwanese law made it clear that under Article 46 of Act Governing the Choice of Law in Civil Matters Involving Foreign Elements that the formation of a marriage is governed by the national law of each party. This means individuals of Taiwanese origin are free to wed each other but are not permitted to marry a foreign individual whose country does not recognise same-sex marriages – like India or Malaysia.

Malaysian Government Is Set To Strengthen Repressive LGBTQ+ Sanctions

Until 2018, according to various human rights campaigners, Malaysian courts had never actually executed caning sentences for same-sex conduct of relationships. However, in September 2018, the Terengganu state levied a caning sentence on two women convicted of having same-sex relations. Following that, in November 2019, the Selangor Syariah court sentenced five men to fines, detention and caning.

Same-Gender Sexual Harassment Cases Will Be Treated Under POSH Act: Calcutta High Court

On the petitioner's side, it was claimed that the POSH Act was not meant to resolve same-gender grievances and, on the other hand, the respondent's counsel argued that such complaints were addressed by the University Grants Commission (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Workers and Students in the Higher Educational Institution) so that they could be sustained under POSH Act as well.

Are We Normalizing Queer Couples Dying By Suicide?

When you think of this in the Indian context where ‘what will people say’ has historically trumped an individual’s mental and social well-being, it is unsurprising that even after the article 377 judgement, conversion therapy camps, familial abuse, and individual and couple suicides in the queer community are very much a reality.

Are You A Geneticist, Mr Swamy?

Subramanian Swamy’s homophobic tweet is making rounds. No one knows how he thought to share a piece of filth from the past. It’s posted two years ago, when Section 377 was read down. No one seems to learn from their mistakes, certainly not Mr Swamy.

Harry Potter And The Transphobic Wealthy White Woman

While the trans community is the one she is actively discriminating against, other LGBTQ+ individuals, Trans allies, and members of the Harry Potter fandom are also speaking up about the disappointing and dangerous way that the author is deciding to use the influence that she has because of the global community that has loved her work.

The Cruel History Of Conversion Therapy And Why It Must Stop

The goal of the 'therapy’ is vulgarly clear - to change one's sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expressions to societally normative identities. In the processes, people may be subjected to psychoanalysis, religious faith healing, exorcism, aversion behavioral conditioning, electroshock, surgical interventions, and even corrective rape.