INDIA GAY RIGHTS

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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.
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With '377 In India', There Can Be No 'Make In India'

It was really interesting to see how the country cheered when Mr. Modi met Tim Cook and invited him to set up a manufacturing base in India. The latter came out as gay in 2014, and Apple is a staunch supporter of gay rights. A lot of the other companies that our Prime Minister is inviting are pro-LGBT as well. Now the question arises, with so much talk about reforms to make the business in India simpler and easier, would the government also come clean on regressive laws like Section 377?
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Same Sex Marriage: India Can Do Better

It is the bleak reality that the vast majority of gay women and men in the world still marry opposite-sex partners. Legalisation of same-sex marriage is but a distant dream for most LGBT+ people. They desperately require societal change before any change in law - such as not facing the risk of alienation for coming out, or to not risk losing their job. It is then the failure of same-sex marriage advocates to consider the real life context and diversity of LGBT+ citizens that India's LGBT+ movement could learn from.
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My Friend's Secret

RG was the most handsome guy in my German class. He was well dressed, intelligent and full of warmth and humour. He had finished his MBA and was working with a bank. RG was learning German because he wanted to move to Germany; he considered it the financial place to be! He wanted to taste all kinds of beers at an Oktoberfest, own a swanky Mercedes (he was Punjabi) and speed down the autobahn. He was the kind of guy you wanted as a boyfriend, and then a husband.