ADDED ON: 03/09/2019

LGBT in India: What it’s like six months after gay sex was decriminalised

03/06/2019 | BBC News

Up until six months ago, 20-year-old Tish felt like a criminal. He faced long-term prison time in India because he was an out and proud gay man, but then his life changed. Tish regularly parties at gay club Kitty Su but says he’s sometimes nervous when he leaves the venue as homophobic people know “what we are” so could attack him in surrounding streets. The club is owned by by Keeshav Suri – a prominent gay businessman – who was one of the the Supreme Court petitioners that helped change section 377, the colonial-era law. “I was in a position where I had to acknowledge my privilege and bring this conversation to policy makers,” Keeshav tells Newsbeat. “It hasn’t fixed everything. It will take time as it’s a very small step in a much larger fight for equality.”

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