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India Takes First Steps Towards Equality

Published July 3, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

July 2

Gay sex decriminalised in India

Indian court decriminalizes consensual gay sex

India homosexuality

Activists welcome India gay ruling

Comment: Delhi court’s decision on gay rights is only the first step

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Gay sex decriminalised in India

Gay News Blog: ‘The Ingrained Values Of Indian Culture’
Nehru, @ Constituent Assembly on December 13, 1946:

“Words are magic things often enough, but even the magic of words sometimes cannot convey the magic of the human spirit and of a Nation’s passion. [The Resolution] seeks very feebly to tell the world of what we have thought or dreamt of so long, and what we now hope to achieve in the near future.”

Delhi High Court ruled that treating consensual gay sex as a crime “a violation of fundamental rights protected by India’s constitution”. The ruling, the first of its kind in India, applies only in New Delhi. It struck down in part the Indian penal code’s Section 377, hence decriminalised consensual anal sex between adult men. This 149-year-old law was a left over from days of the British empire the ruling came after 7 year legal battle.

July9

Challenge to India gay sex ruling

Petition filed challenging the ruling the petitioner argued that no constitutional right is violated by the Indian penal code’s Section 377, which had outlawed gay sex,

Citing Indian culture and health as grounds for seeking a stay on last week’s ruling

Ruling legalizing consensual gay sex in India challenged in country’s high court

Ruling partially strikes down law criminalizing consensual homosexual acts

Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh leaders oppose decriminalizing homosexuality

uly 20

LGBT community cheers apex court’s refusal to stay gay sex order

The Indian Supreme Court refused to stay a Delhi High Court order that decriminalised consensual sex between adults of same gender.

So now, they can do it in Delhi, anal sex I think, because I am not sure what gay sex is really, but the entire rainbow nation was out celebrating. The story like a fine Bollywood script had melodrama, celebration, dancing in the street, barriers, and disappointments and in the end the hero got to legal have sex with his partner of choice. During the last 7 years queer activist have mounted a legal campaign to decriminalise ‘gay sex’ and on July 2 they had some success, it was a bit like a national coming out day. Adults (men) could now legal have consensual sex with each other after the Delhi High Court struck down the 149-year-old statute.  Then on July 9 by some miracle an appeal was mounted by Church leader from all the major faith and it was decided that appeal be heard on July 10. It was on July 20 by the Indian Supreme Court the original ruling stood

The miracle being that these faith leaders could come together in bigoted unity to defend a position of hate contrary to their own beliefs systems of love. Their argument being the perennial debate over the nature of anal sex, when most major developed countries view sex between two consenting adults as a private matter and had decriminalised anal sex sometime age

Why do the supposed moral leaders act contrary to their belief system in propagating hate?

Lastly, good on them I hot they have more success in achieving true social equality.

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: For What It’s Worth | jaysays.com |

Published July 3, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: For What It’s Worth | jaysays.com |

The article speaks to the views of an ally on her understanding and experience of homophobia, with some personal reflections on how it may affect our community. We all have stories about explicit and implicit discrimination it is our lived experience. Nevertheless, how have we handled these occasion, may be not at the time, how do we seek to reconcile the fear, words and results of physical assault.  At one, level which hurts the most in example those omissions of any consideration, insensitive comments, or verbal abuse? Another physical assault when the bruises and welts have faded, blood clotted, fear dulled, abrasions and wounds healed, and bones knitted. What is left for you after these kinds of events, a living breathing person with feels and emotions, a human being, who has to face every day with fear and doubt, in not knowing how you will be discriminated against next.

Before we can venture forward, sometimes we have to heal and this discrimination can fortify our resolve to seek justice. There seems to be no set answer however, we need to reach out to ask for help and seek support. In either personal healing because of the trauma, there is no shame in that because our greatest duty is always to our self before anything. Alternately, in standing up and demanding justice may be a part of the healing by building our support networks, gathering resources and enlisting allies. It is the latter we tend not to readily consider, like our family, friends, community and our straight allies, it may be because we are hurt and become defensive. This seems very important that we access all the resources and supports we can because of our political standing as people on the margin.

Where our detractors promote social uniformity as a norm, we need to normalise social diversity. Where some obstruct us politically, we need to reach out and enlist allies and develop our own political networks. We are the rainbow nation bound by cultural and political ties, charged with defending and promoting our people’s rights.