India is facing a prolonged backlash from its LGBTQ+ community over the continued use of conversion therapies to “cure” homosexuality by changing people’s sexual orientation. In May, the tragic suicide of Anjana Harish, a 21-year-old bisexual woman in Goa, sparked online protests. Harish had posted a video online before her suicide describing how she had been subjected to conversion therapy by her family in her home state of Kerala. Her death revitalised efforts by activists to call for an outright ban on the practice.
India's gay community scrambling after court decision recriminalises homosexuality. After five years of reform, homosexuals face renewed threat of jail.
Back in 2009, Lesley Esteves was dancing in the streets after judges in Delhi decriminalised homosexuality. When the Delhi High Court suspended the draconian Section 377 of the Indian penal code which dated from the days of British rule, India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community thought there was no turning back.
She's from the lowest caste and beat her opponent by 4,500 votes. A transgender woman from the lowest caste in India was elected mayor on Sunday, making her the first openly transgender mayor in the country’s history.
Legalize Same-Sex Relationships, UN Chief Urges India, Says Anti-Gay Law Breeds Intolerance.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week that India’s anti-homosexuality laws are responsible for breeding intolerance...