Brunei LGBT laws

Pride month: Can 'pink money' take off in India?

Big businesses are eager to tap into the spending power of India's LGBTQ+ community.
India's LGBTQ+ community is believed to be more than 100 million strong, and is openly celebrating pride month. Last year, India decriminalised gay sex, but deep-rooted social stigma remains. 

As more people come out and the community becomes more vocal about its preferences, entrepreneurs and big businesses are eager to tap into its spending power. New ventures targeting queer consumers are springing up in tourism, hospitality, fashion, healthcare and dating.

But there are also concerns that an exclusive 'pink economy' might isolate the community.

In this episode of WorklifeIndia, we ask a prominent transgender rights activist, an award winning fashion designer and LGBTQ+ rights activist, and the founder of a dating and community app for the LGBTQ+ community whether 'pink money' can take off in India.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, transgender rights activist; Wendell Rodricks, fashion designer and LGBTQ+ rights activist; Ishaan Sethi, founder, Delta App.

Bristol MP calls for Brunei Commonwealth expulsion

The MP for Bristol West says the country of Brunei should be kicked out of the the Commonwealth.

Thangam Debonnaire is leading a debate in Parliament about lesbian and gay rights issues today - prompted by that country announcing strict new laws.

That includes allowing homesexuals to be stoned to death, and public flogging for adultery.

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