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INSIDER: Gay Bollywood actor Saattvic

On 6 September 2018, the Indian Supreme Court decided in a landmark ruling that homosexuality was no longer illegal. How did gay life in India change since then?
Saattvic (33) is Indian, he is an actor – and he came out as gay in a blog post that went viral in India in 2017.
SPARTACUS talked to him about India’s developing gay scene, what it is like to be gay in Bollywood, queer friends who have committed suicide – and what gays should definitely avoid when they are on vacation in India.

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Russia | 22.10.2020

Russian legislators cut off anti-queer amendment to constitution

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Israel | 21.10.2020

Israel discovers trans*rights: Facilitations and a government committee

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic: Mauritius marches for love

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Canada | 19.10.2020

Against sexism and homophobia: Hundred students wear skirts

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Russia | 17.10.2020

Gay dads flee from Russia

Gay fathers leave everything behind – for fear of Putin’s investigators. Alexander* (name changed) fled Russia with his son. The 40-year-old spoke to The Guardian newspaper about his escape and his fears. He did not want to risk having his …

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Japanese politician fears population extinction because of queers

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