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Film Festival Puts Spotlight on Alternate Sexuality
The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 11/29/2010
The lights dim as the screen comes alive at Siddhartha Hall in Max Mueller Bhawan, venue of the Nigah Queer Fest film screening. With one short film after another on the screen depicting facets of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, the audience is hooked. Apart from events and workshops, the fest has offered the queer community scope for some soul searching. Gay activist and co-ordinator of the fest Gautam Bhan says it`s now time to look at the queer community beyond their sexuality.
A riot of colours descended on Janpath in the heart of the Capital on Sunday as hundreds of colourfully attired revellers waving brightly shaded flags marched to Jantar Mantar marking the third annual Delhi Queer Pride parade.
For the first time, some companies in India’s forward-looking and globalised IT industry have started targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Going ahead, the companies are holding manager and employee sensitisation programmes to avoid discrimination at the workplace. This is being considered a welcome gesture to the community as well as to boost diversity.
While mainstream cinema has only lately taken to AIDS as a theme, short telefilms have done much to bring it out of the closet. Observing World AIDS Day on December 1, a look at some path-breaking films that have grappled with the issues surrounding HIV…
China has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. The difference says everything about the mixed challenges facing women in China`s hybrid economy three decades after it embarked on dazzling economic reforms. Women today no doubt have more freedom to choose their paths, but the expanding private sector is not always welcoming.