India

LGBTI Rights in India


ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Indian Apex Court’s Ruling on Gay Sex, Urges Countries to Amend Laws

The UN’s top human rights official cited “landmark decision by India’s Supreme Court” decriminalizing consenual gay sex and urged more countries to bring their laws and practices in line with the fundamental…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2018

Where is being gay still against the law?

India recently decriminalized gay sex in a landmark ruling for LGBT rights, overturning a ban dating back more than 150 years. The judges of the Supreme Court were unanimous in their decision…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

India’s Anti-Gay Law Is History. Next Challenge: Treat LGBTQ Patients With Respect

Two years ago, Shivam Sharma rushed to a Mumbai hospital at 2:30 a.m. He’d had sex earlier that night with a man who was HIV positive. They’d used protection, but Sharma just…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

‘Yes, Our Son is Gay, but We Want Him to Be Happy’

When medical student Rahul Chouhan had told his parents back home in their little village in Ujjain a few years ago that he was gay, they were stunned but supported him anyway.…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

How Australia’s Justice Michael Kirby Helped India’s First Openly Gay Prince Combat Sex Ban

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, 52, heir to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, is India's openly gay prince. He campaigned tirelessly — often at personal cost — to repeal Section 377,…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2018

The Strange, Long Afterlife of an Inhumane Colonial Law

One of the enduring, cruel legacies of British colonialism was that even decades and centuries after nations threw off British rule, there remained a chilling similarity to the experience of boys and…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

Sri Lanka Should Take Up the Challenge on LGBTI Rights

The Indian Supreme Court decision referenced Pant versus Nepal, a 2007 Nepal Supreme Court decision, several times. That case led to a similar outcome in Nepal – an expression of dignity and equality before…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

LGBTI Kenyans Hope for Court Win After India Scraps ‘gay sex’ Ban

A battle in Kenya’s courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex has been reinvigorated after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week, LGBT rights campaigners…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

The Homophobic Legacy of the British Empire

A wave of joy and relief swept through India's LGBTI community last week following a landmark decision by the country's Supreme Court to legalize consensual gay sex. The announcement that Section 377,…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

Still Waiting for Its 377 Moment, Kashmir’s LGBTI Community Hopes in the Shadows

The Supreme Court reading down Section 377 and decriminalizing homosexuality was a moment of celebration and joy everywhere in the country — except in Jammu and Kashmir, where the LGBT+ community has…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

Remembering Siddharth Gautam: India’s First LGBT Activist

“History owes an apology to LGBT persons for ostracisation and discrimination.” With that, the Supreme Court struck down the draconian law that criminalised sexual activities between two consenting homosexual adults. But the…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Homosexuality is Against Nature: Religious Groups

Unhappy with the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality, various religious groups are up in arms with some of them planning to approach the top court for seeking a review of the historic verdict.…

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