What’s Next For India’s LGBT Community After Sec 377? Rally for Safe Sex

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What’s Next For India’s LGBT Community After Sec 377? Rally for Safe Sex

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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esterday, in a historic moment, the Supreme Court declared that I, along with India’s 104 million queer people, am no longer a criminal.

In a poignant 493-page judgment decriminalising homosexuality, the five-judge bench unanimously announced that the LGBTQIA+ community has equal rights as every Indian citizen. “To deny LGBT community of their right to sexual orientation is a denial of their citizenship and a violation of their privacy,” they said. It’s hard not to be deliriously happy and celebrate the judgment with abandon, even though most of us can discern that this is only the beginning of our fight toward equality. But as Justice DY Chandrachud mentioned, it’s important that we look at the judgment as the first step toward a safer world for the LGBTQIA+ community.

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