Section 377: What Indian Royals Want You To Know About LGBTQ Equality, Two Years After Decriminalisation

The coronavirus is giving the opportunity to regimes and politicians around the world to roll back the clock on LGBTQ rights, with little challenge. And in India, the coronavirus crisis is far from over.

While the two year anniversary of the repeal of anti-LGBTQ law Section 377 should be a national celebration for LGBTQ Indians, the country has passed 3 million recorded coronavirus cases.

One year after landmark ruling for LGBT+ rights in India, challenges persist

India's Supreme Court last year struck down Section 377, a colonial-era law that outlawed same-sex relations, sparking hopes of equality for the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.

Hundreds of students with rainbows painted on their faces descended on a New Delhi college on Friday and others held parties in major Indian cities to commemorate the overturning of the ban on gay sex.


The Humsafar Trust, an LGBT+ rights organisation in Mumbai, started the petition at the end of Pride Month.

While LGBT+ acceptance is growing in the country, the petition states: “We, the LGBTQ+ people of India believe that there can not be a right time to ask for equal rights which are already enshrined in the Indian constitution but cannot be accessed by the LGBTQ+ community.”

Queer activists issue ‘urgent call for justice and equality’, demanding sweeping reforms to India’s LGBT+ rights
India’s Adoption Policy Discriminative Against LQBTQIA+, 20 Million Kids Remain Without Family

It has been two years since actress Mandira Bedi is waiting to officially adopt a daughter. She already has an eight-year-old son and wishes to have a sister for him. She and her husband applied at the CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority), the central adoption agency under which any adoption across the country takes place – without any success so far.

India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling

The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an "unnatural offence".

The court has now ruled discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a fundamental violation of rights.

Campaigners outside the court cheered and some broke down in tears as the ruling was handed down.

India Gay Sex Ban Is Struck Down. ‘Indefensible,’ Court Says.

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down one of the world’s oldest bans on consensual gay sex, a groundbreaking victory for gay rights that buried one of the most glaring vestiges of India’s colonial past.

Columbia Lawyers Win Historic LGBT Rights Victory in India

The Indian Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Sept. 6, overturning an 1860 law that criminalized “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” has been hailed as a giant step for LGBT rights in the world’s largest democracy.  

India: Supreme Court Ruling Undermines LGBT Rights

The ruling by India’s Supreme Court on December 11, 2013, that same-sex conduct between consenting adults remained a criminal offense is a setback for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. The court reversed a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court decision that a colonial-era law infringed upon fundamental rights provided under the constitution.

Indian royal Amar Singh on his crusade against LGBTQ repression in his native country

Last autumn, Amar Singh told the New York Times that the the world was becoming more and more troubling. “All the madness going on, from North Korea to white supremacy…” he despaired in a chat. And indeed, the Indian royal (a member of the Kapurthala Royal Family), who was raised in the UK, has put his money where his mouth is and tried to better our world.

India Supreme Court refuses to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court has refused to review its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalises homosexuality.

Judges dismissed petitions from the government and rights activists who say the order was wrong.

The Supreme Court judgement last month overturned a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising gay sex.

India top court reinstates gay sex ban

India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights.

The Supreme Court ruling reverses a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts.

The court said it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue.

According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and punishable by a 10-year jail term.

Openly Gay Indian Prince Joins Calls To Ban LGBT Conversion Therapy

The global LGBT community are becoming more vocal about the horrors of conversion therapy, as eradicating the discredited practice emerges as one of the highest priorities for global LGBT citizens. And the gay Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, is the latest voice to join calls to see laws that ban conversion therapy.