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Something Big Is Happening Today For LGBTQI People... But What Will India Do?

So here's what's happening: six Latin American nations -- Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay -- together have proposed the creation of the post of a UN Independent Expert, whose job it will be to address human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This expert will answer to United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which consists of 47 countries, including India.
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Under 377, We're A Nation Of Criminals, And That Needs To Change Now

PM Modi's tweet was crisp: "Shocked at the shootout in Orlando, USA. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured." In a way, it sends out the message that it was the loss of lives that mattered, without going into sexual orientations. I wish that same emotion applied back home: that sexual preferences do not a patriotic citizen make. More to the point, sexual preferences do not a criminal make.
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‘Aligarh': A Nuanced Exploration Of The Mercilessness Of Prejudice

"Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes 'unnatural' sex acts. This includes homosexuality," a message on the screen reminds you, before the movie even begins. On the surface, it seems like an obvious reminder--something nearly everyone knows by now--but once you're there, sitting in the darkness with only the above words blinking at you and then watch Professor Siras's story slowly unfold before you, you realise how real this reminder is, and how utterly terrifying.

Why Queer People Should Stand With JNU

The past week has been full of turmoil in India. But what has been most troubling is the reaction of many queer people who have joined the chorus of lynch mobs. We protest against a colonial law like Section 377 which has been used to harass and blackmail. We must also protest against Sec 124-A (Sedition), another colonial law which was and still is a tool for harassment. Today, we either stand with JNU, or risk our own freedom.
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Whatever The ‘Final Verdict', We're Not Going Back In The Closet

Starting today, thousands of LGBT people will start coming together across the country to hold vigils to remind the Supreme Court that the curative petition on Section 377 before it isn't a mere document -- it contains the hopes and aspirations of countless people who are fighting for their right to live with dignity and respect. But this isn't our "last hope". It cannot be, considering how far we have come in just a few decades, despite legislative inaction and judicial dalliance.