India might overturn anti-gay laws

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As Dehli held its annual queer pride earlier this month, a shed of hope emerged that the colonial laws might be overturned and homosexuality would not be banned. Following the Supreme Court ruling in August the Section 377 might be repealed. In a landmark ruling, India’s Supreme Court has confirmed an individual’s right to privacy – including sexual orientation – under the country’s constitution. Though the law which was introduced during the Colonial Era is still in action, it is already a massive step forward. This legacy dates back 157 years to a dark part of imperial history. In 1860, the British Raj – the empire in India – had been in place for three years. The founder of the Naz Foundation, Anjali Gopala, which is at the forefront of the battle to abolish Section 377, said the Supreme Court ruling opens the door to it. “We march against the oppressive attacks and varied forms of discrimination visited upon hijras, kothis, transwomen, transmen, lesbian, gay, intersex and sexually nonconforming, bisexual, multisexual, pansexual, asexual people and our allies in public and private spaces,” the Pride organizers said in their statement.

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