The judgment – in the way it defines privacy and dignity of an individual – has far reaching implications on the rights of LGBTQI individuals.
Extracts from the judgement that impact Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.
The legacy of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised male homosexuality 50 years ago.
Same-sex relations carries the death penalty in 12 states, and in dozens more, homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence up to life.
Activists report growing discrimination against queer persons parallel to the rise of the BJP-led government, which they accuse of demonising deviance and fuelling homophobia.
“Gay men don’t only live in an urban setting. Thousands are growing up in villages and towns, with no way to access information on sexuality, most of which is available only in English.”
Homosexuals in China have sprung forward to reclaim the country’s long history of relative tolerance towards homosexuality, battling the Communist prudery.
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality.
Recent events in Indonesia should dispel any doubt about the rising influence conservative Sunni Islamist sentiment is having on the country’s laws.
A former chief justice of the Himachal high court, she criticised the Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise homosexuality.
The health ministry’s “Saathiya Resource Kit” for adolescents represents a glimmer of hope in a country that criminalises homosexuality.
The cabinet has refused to endorse a provision in a proposed human rights plan that would have undermined the penal code, which criminalises homosexuality.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective.
“Do you realise that your statement will push so many people who struggle with their identity back into stuffy closets?”
The French film director discusses her evolution as a queer filmmaker, the rise of homophobia in France, her opposition to the right-wing and more.
A resolution introduced by the Africa Group in the UN General Assembly seeks a vote to suspend the UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, a position established by the UNHRC in June.
A big majority – 79% – of those surveyed said they were comfortable with an open LGBTQ culture on campus.
For a global audience, the movie ‘A United Kingdom’ provides a topical account of race relations. The love story is also likely to revitalise the popular viewpoint of Botswana as a national success story.
The film was denied certification because it has “sensitive gay scenes, use of derogatory words against women and vulgar dialogues”.
Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain. Robert Colvile reports on one of the great forgotten stories of neuroscience.
India failed to adhere to its own constitutional tenets by abstaining on the votes related to the establishment of the mandate, placing its cultural concerns above universal human rights.
The fact that the ‘Supreme Court is yet to pronounce on’ LGBT rights was not an obstacle for India to join hands with the OIC in introducing amendments to dilute the UN proposal.
The petitioners argued that their right under Article 21 of the Constitution (right to life and liberty) encompasses the right to sexuality, sexual autonomy and choice of sexual partner.
As the murder cases in Kansas City show, the US’s system for punishing bias crimes is filled with limits and inconsistencies.
The writ petition is a fresh plea in a series to seek the protection of sexual rights by quashing section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Pope Francis added that the Church should apologise for historically exploiting the poor, women and children.
Could the rejection of Omar Mateen’s sexuality by his family and society have led him to kill 49 people at the gay night club Pulse?
In Berlin, the two had allegedly shown interest only in each other and even tried to steal eggs from another couple in order to rear the chick together.
Approaches based upon the raising of consciousness are increasingly having to confront a very powerful and, in many cases, seemingly intractable opponent: religion.
The long-standing distinction between rice and wheat agriculture persists and plays an important role in shaping the landscape of sexual attitudes in the country.
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A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality
In light of the recent statements by RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale, The Wire takes a look at the lack of political will to decriminalise homosexuality among India’s leading political parties.
Hansal Mehta’s achievement is to turn what first appeared to the public as a sensational sex scandal into a quiet and reflective film that bears witness to the humiliation suffered by Siras and his struggle to preserve his dignity.
The apex court today referred the various curative pleas seeking re-examination of its 2013 verdict re-criminalising homosexuality under section 377 IPC, to a 5-judge constitution bench.
As it considers curative petitions seeking the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the Supreme Court must realise that acts of prejudice which provoke hate crimes and push people towards death need to be redeemed by the law.
The continuing criminalisation of homosexuality is not about a minority or about valorising a lifestyle, but about the values that India stands for as a nation.
The stand taken by Cardinal Gracias, the inter faith declaration on the acceptance of homosexuality and the release of a Christian book on the church and homophobia show religion in India is opening up to the LGBT community.
The right to love, the right to dissent and right to question seem now more at risk within the Indian subcontinent than ever before.
The concept operates as a gatekeeper, drawing a line between those we like and those we do not. It does not offer any vision of transformation and, in the face of systemic or structural inequalities, becomes a substitute for justice.
The upsurge in national film production has come with a revival in the theatre and music industries, thanks to government investment