By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, July 13 – Transgender people in India have traditionally been an invisible minority in India, seen only at traffic lights begging for alms or blessing newlyweds and newborn babies. But a pop band of transgender women is on the soundtrack of the latest Bollywood blockbuster, showing that two years after a landmark
ISTANBUL, June 22 – Three suspected Daesh militants were arrested in Istanbul late on Tuesday after a tip-off they had planned an attack on a transgender march, Dogan News Agency said. The suspects – one Turkish national and two from Russia’s volatile Dagestan – were ordered held in custody pending formal charges by an Istanbul court,
By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, June 21 – For residents of Cihangir, a trendy neighbourhood of cafes and bars in central Istanbul, it almost felt like a return to the summer of 2013, when protesters played cat-and-mouse with riot police amid clouds of tear gas night after night. Two demonstrations ended with police intervention over the
By Letitia Stein and Julia Edwards ORLANDO, Fla./WASHINGTON, June 15 – The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub knew of his plans for the attack and could soon be charged in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a law enforcement source said on Tuesday.
The attack has induced a moment of catharsis among America’s Muslim leaders BY Habiba Hamid Shortly before 2am on June 12, a man parked outside the LGBT nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. It was pride weekend. Moments later, he entered the premises and opened fire, armed with an AR-15-type assault rifle, a handgun and many rounds of ammunition,
By Bernie Woodall and Yara Bayoumy FORT PIERCE, Fla., June 14 – When Omar Mateen met with his father the day before he killed 49 people in a siege of a gay nightclub, he betrayed nothing of the rage that would erupt into the worst mass shooting in modern American history. “I didn’t notice anything
By Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 12 – The Afghan-born father of Omar Mateen, the man police identified as the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday, is a fringe political commentator who rails against Pakistan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Seddique Mateen, who public records
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Jan 6 – A court has accepted China’s first same-sex marriage case, lodged by a gay man against a civil affairs bureau for denying him the right to marry, in a decision hailed as a step forward for gay rights. While homosexuality is not illegal in China, and large cities have