India Decriminalises Homosexuality

Campaigners and LGBT+ crowds in Delhi cheered, cried and waved rainbow flags outside the Supreme court on the 6th of September as India decriminalised same-sex sexual activity. The wording that was removed (imposed in the colonial era) was sex “against the order of nature” and the decision, according to the Indian chief justice, Dipak Mishr, […]

India Protest

Protesters at the Indian High Commission urged the Indian Parliament to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, dating back to 1861, which criminalises homosexuality following a Supreme Court ruling that it still applies. According to Peter Marshall: The protest was a relatively quiet affair while I was there, with stewards in pink scarves and […]

Protest against India's 377 Bill

A rally has been set up to protest India’s 377 bill which recriminalises homosexuality with terms up to life imprisonment for “offenders”. If you wish to take part go to the Indian High Commission, Aldwych, London between 2 and 5 pm on Saturday the 11th of January. For maps and further information go here. James […]

Surat pride 06-10-13

The Indian state of Gujurat will host its first LGBT pride march Sunday in the city of Surat. Organized by the Gujarat LGBT Pride Festival (GLGBTPF) with the support of the Foram Foundation, marchers hope to draw attention to the political aspirations of India’s LGBTs and also call on the Supreme Court to finally release […]

Delhi Pride Largest Ever

Hundreds of LGBT activists in New Delhi have marched in a Pride parade. Organisers say Sunday’s procession was one of the largest seen in the event’s five-year history. Those taking part carried a nearly 15-meter-long rainbow banner and held placards calling on the Indian government to extend anti-discrimination laws to schools, workplaces and public and private areas. […]

Life Better for LGBT people in India after Decriminalisation

A Indian survey shows there has been greater societal acceptance and decrease in police harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after the Delhi High Court’s landmark verdict of banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.   The study by Haryana-based Jindal Global Law School, the first of its kind after the […]

Asylum Seekers' Update

On International Women’s Day we got the fantastic news that Amanpreet Kaur was released from detention in Yarl’s Wood IRC.  Ms Kaur is a lesbian woman who was detained for three months and twice threatened with imminent removal when the authorities refused to let her make an asylum claim based on the persecution she fears […]