ADDED ON: 01/26/2022

Election in India’s most popular state seen as crucial LGBTQ rights test.

01/25/2022 | Los Angeles Blade

India’s most populous state and a battleground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the election in seven phases in February as the Election Commission of India has announced. The Uttar Pradesh election is the key prize in India’s parliamentary election as the state holds 80 parliamentary seats, the most in the country. Uttar Pradesh’s LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ people from across the country have been eyeing this election because it can play a crucial role in policy changes for the community in India. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a right-wing nationalist party, is ruling Uttar Pradesh. The party is also ruling the country under Modi, but it has not been supportive of same-sex marriage. “We are not a minority anymore. The community is thriving in the state,” said Lovpreet, a Lucknow-based activist who works for Transgender rights in Uttar Pradesh. “If the current government is not going to give us the right for same-sex marriage, we should remove the government in this election.” The ruling party is yet to release its election manifesto, but the party is not considering listing LGBTQ+ issues in it.

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