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.
The Sahitya Akademi Award winner’s latest murder mystery thrills while engaging with perceptions of queer sexuality in India, questions of class and caste, and the lives of sex workers in Mumbai.
A report from the International Commission for Jurists has found that fear of police violence and persecution keeps many queer people away from the justice system.
These excerpts, from two new books by Akhil Katyal and Akshay Khanna, explore the intricacies of same-sex desire and the queer movement in India.
Only by listening to local LGBT activists in hostile environments can the West stand up for human rights worldwide.
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality
The American Supreme Court judgment still does not resolve many dilemmas faced by sexual minorities