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Goa Could Be a Good Cure for Insomnia 7.3.2015 newindianexpress.com
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White House urges supreme court to end state bans on same-sex marriage 7.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Justice department brief attacks laws that ‘send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families’

The Obama administration on Friday asked the US supreme court to rule that states cannot ban gay marriage.

The Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief in four cases in which the court is due to hear oral arguments on April 28.

Related: Supreme court sets April date to hear same-sex marriage cases

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Indian jailed for pestering teen on flight 7.3.2015 Telegraph: Nation
 An Indian-origin man who pawed a schoolgirl on a New Delhi-Heathrow flight and told her he wanted to have sex with her has been jailed for four months and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for the next seven years.
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Fifty years after Selma, Alabama at the heart of a new civil rights struggle 7.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Half a century ago, the Selma to Montgomery march represented a watershed in modern American life. But this weekend, activists will fight in Alabama with a broader focus – for change in gay rights, immigration and the environment When Esther Calhoun marches across the Edmund Pettus bridge this weekend, it will be for a right she says is more fundamental than the vote. “I want to breathe clean air,” she said. Her home in Uniontown, 30 miles west of Selma, is described by environmentalists as one of the most polluted, exploited and contaminated towns in Alabama, a state with notoriously lax environmental ...
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Judging the judges 7.3.2015 Telegraph: Opinion
Here, in full, is a recent news item in a New Delhi newspaper: "When former Chief Justice of India and current Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam came to Delhi to attend the wedding reception of B[haratiya] J[anata] P[arty] chief Amit Shah, he also reached out to various government functionaries to explore the possibility of a Delhi posting - either as L[ieutenant] G[overnor] or N[ational] H[uman] R[ights] C[ommission] chairperson. While there is lot of speculation that the government could bring in a new face as Delhi LG, the top post in NHRC will fall vacant in May when incumbent Justice K.G.Balakrishnan demits office. It remains to be seen if the powers-that-be will oblige the Kerala Governor."
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Obama on Ferguson: law enforcement is 'big chunk' of new civil rights struggle 6.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
President addresses racism report as he urges young people to engage in expanded movement for civil rights, immigration reform and gay rights Barack Obama has called for a renewal of the civil rights movement on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma, urging law enforcement and voting rights reforms but also linking the ongoing struggle to immigration reform and gay rights. In a radio interview recorded before he travelled to Saturday’s memorial events in Alabama, the president made reference to this week’s damning report on racism in the Ferguson police department , arguing that law enforcement was a “big chunk” of the civil liberties ...
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One film, two aims: Folk art and LGBT 6.3.2015 Kolkata News, Kolkata City News | Cities News - Times of India
When Debgopal Mondal joined Vidyasagar College in Suri, he had stars in his eyes. A resident of Punchpur in Birbhum, he wanted to be a filmmaker. Soon, he was almost forced to give up his dream, though. Harassed, heckled and bullied by classmates for being effeminate, Mondal had to drop out of college and search for alternative avenues to survive. But it only strengthened his resolve to highlight the plight of youngsters like him. Mondal, 27, is on the verge of making a film on the Bhadu folk tradition of Birbhum that has been traditionally performed by members of the LGBT ...
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Vladimir Putin ally says society should resist gay activism 6.3.2015 DNA: Mumbai
Traditional family values need to be supported against activism by the gay minority, and the idea that gays were suppressed in Russia was "a trick", a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. "We should not rape nature because of ideological, political or individual preferences," said Russian Railways boss Vladimir Yakunin, who was hosting a conference in Geneva to promote his foundation, the Endowment for St Andrew the First Called. A brochure from the conference, on the "sanctity of motherhood", called for "socially responsible media" to resist attempts to redefine the family, which it said were "an irresponsible manipulation of the most profound parts of the human nature". Asked if he was afraid of gays or of an open debate about gay marriage, Yakunin drew applause and shouts of "bravo" from the audience with his response. "Practically, if Reuters, or yourself, will show me the man who gave birth to a child, then the question is obsolete," he said. Supporting families had nothing ...
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Indian-origin man jailed in UK for pestering girl on flight 6.3.2015 TOI: All Headlines
Indian-origin man jailed in UK for pestering girl on flight
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British Indo-Bangla lesbian lovers jailed for killing girl 6.3.2015 Oneindia.in: News
London, Mar 6: A Bangladeshi-origin mother found guilty of beating her eight-year-old daughter to death has been jailed for 13 years, while her Indian-origin lesbian lover has been sentenced to 18 years for the same crime. Kiki Muddar, 43, was
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Indian-origin man jailed in UK for pestering teenage girl on flight 6.3.2015 DNA: Urban Tales
A 38-year-old drunk Indian-origin man, who pestered a schoolgirl on a New Delhi-London flight, has been jailed for four months and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for the next seven years by a court here. Manjit Singh Sidhu, from the city of Leicester, pawed the 14-year-old and told her he wanted to have sex with her, while she was flying home with classmates and schoolteachers from an educational trip on April 18 last year. The man also engaged the teen in conversation about Bangkok's infamous red-light district, prostitutes, transsexuals and drugs during the Jet Airways flight from New Delhi to Heathrow, the Leicester Mercury reported. "The man turned his head around and asked me where I had been and said he was interested in travelling, and made references to Bangkok's red-light district, prostitutes, transsexuals, drugs and sex," the girl, who was sitting behind the man on the plane, said in her statement. She said she did not want to continue the conversation and put on headphones to ...
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If trans women have to hide to be safe, what does progress look like? | Zach Stafford 6.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Fear of attacks and abuse are leading some transwomen to hide their true identity, contributing to their erasure “A lot of transwomen have gone back to presenting as male, as a form of protection”, Channyn Lynn Parker, the intake coordinator at Chicago House’s Trans Life Center (TLC) told me recently. “And that within itself is causing mental health concerns, a lot of depression, some suicide ideation – things like that.” Transgender people already often live in fear: fear of being outed against their will, of being hurt by strangers or people they love because of their identity, even of just never being accepted. But many transwomen now believe that they have more to fear than ever: this year looks to possibly be one of the most violent on record towards transgender women in North America, as there are already eight confirmed homicides of transgender women – a majority identifying as women of color – and it’s only ...
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British Indo-Bangla lesbian lovers jailed for killing girl 6.3.2015 deccanherald.com
A Bangladeshi-origin mother found guilty of beating her eight-year-old daughter to death has been jailed for 13 years, while her Indian-origin lesbian lover has been sentenced to 18 years for the same crime. Kiki Muddar, 43, was described as a "manipulative, wicked woman" who "brainwashed" Polly Chowdhry, 34, into beating up her daughter Ayesha Ali, who was found half naked with more than 50 injuries in the womens home in London in August 2013. Judge Christopher Moss QC told the Old Bailey court in London today that Ayeshas mother had "disgracefully failed" in her role, to keep her daughter safe. The girl had extensive bruising to her face, body and limbs, carpet burns suggesting she had been dragged and a bite mark on her right shoulder. Muddar had created a cyber-fantasy world to manipulate Chowdhury through a series of fictitious friends on social media. "She was rational in her judgments in having a disgust with Ayesha. She did not like Polly Chowdhury putting Ayesha above her interests. However ...
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Chris Bryant webchat – post your questions now 6.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
With the general election looming, post your questions for the shadow culture minister about Labour’s plans for the arts, ahead of a live webchat on Monday 9 March at 1pm GMT 10.20am GMT Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Guardian will be running live webchats with each of the main parties’ culture ministers to gauge their stance on the arts. From how they plan to allot funding, to how to tackle the knotty problem of south-east dominance, readers can quiz them on the most pressing issues facing audiences and professionals alike – and perhaps get an insight into their personal tastes. First up is Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhondda and shadow minister for the arts. He originally trained to be a priest before changing tack for politics in 1991, claiming his homosexuality would have been frowned on by the church at the time. After working with charities, serving on Hackney council, and writing biographies of Labour greats Stafford Cripps and Glenda Jackson, Bryant won the Rhondda seat in 2000. During ...
Celebrating womanhood, the ‘queer’ way this Women's day 6.3.2015 DNA: Bangalore
Celebrating womanhood, the ‘queer’ way this Women's day
Manoj Bajpayee as gay professor 6.3.2015 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Manoj Bajpayee as gay professor
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Laugh riot from Italy 6.3.2015 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Laugh riot from Italy
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Seminar on transgender welfare 6.3.2015 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Seminar on transgender welfare
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Parents sent their boys to Knox Grammar to get the best start in life. Instead some were abused – and it went on for decades 6.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
For two weeks, an inquiry has heard how a ‘paedophile ring’, as one victim described it, sexually abused scores of children at one of Australia’s most prestigious private schools. Why was it allowed to go on so long? When Dr Ian Paterson, the man who presided over three decades of child sexual abuse at one of Sydney’s most prestigious schools, took to the stand at the royal commission into child sex abuse, he said he came to say sorry – sorry that scores of boys put into the care of Knox Grammar school were sexually abused over decades, sorry it happened under his watch, and also sorry that he did not know. “As headmaster I am responsible for all that occurs during my headmastership; there were matters that I knew about and other matters that I did not. However, without doubt I should have known and I should have stopped the events which led to the abuse and its tragic consequences for those boys in my care and their families,” the 81-year-old said in the stand, reading from a prepared statement. An ...
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Seminar on transgender welfare 6.3.2015 Hindu: Tamil Nadu
In continuation with the research projects, seminars and training programmes aimed at the welfare of the transgender community, the Political Science and Public Administration Wing, Directorate of...
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