23 October, 2020

Love By Any Other Name

Freed from Section 377, India’s LGBTQIA+ community is facing the world with head held high

Love By Any Other Name

A university student proudly wore his pair of heels in public. An executive shed the skin of Akshay and stepped out into the world as Bruna. A proud mother posed for a beautiful photograph with her transgender daughter. The rainbow was never so colourful over India.

Just over a month ago, the Supreme Court struck down the British-era law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and decriminalised gay sex in India. It was a momentous occasion for the country’s LGBTQIA+ community members who have been battling social stigma and harassment for decades.  The top court verdict restored their dignity and the celebrations were both joyous and poignant as tears mixed with hugs and shouts. Liberated from their shackles, more and more members of the community are coming out across the country.

A lesbian woman in Delhi has come out about her sexuality, and her relationship. A crossdresser in Delhi now wears make-up to work, something he was unsure of...



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