Showing posts with label Gay Protest. Show all posts
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December 11, 2014

Hundreds of Gays March in India in Protest




Wearing rainbow wigs and waving colourful flags and posters with messages such as "All love is equal", members of the community and their supporters marched to celebrate their sexual freedom and to ask others to understand. 

One of the organisers, Shiv Sahu, said there was anger about the Supreme Court ruling which marchers branded a violation of equality. 

"There is a lot of frustration, but we are not going back to the closet," said Sahu, 37, who wore a rainbow-coloured turban.

He said several members of the gay community had filed petitions to the top court asking for a review of the order criminalising gay sex. 

Gay pride marches have also been held in Bangalore and the entertainment capital Mumbai since the court's ruling in December last year. 

The Supreme Court struck down a 2009 ruling by a lower court that decriminalised gay sex. 

It said responsibility for changing the 1861 law rested with lawmakers and not the courts.

Gay sex had been effectively legalised in 2009 when the Delhi High Court ruled that a section of the penal code banning "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" was an infringement of fundamental rights.

Anjali Gopalan, founder of AIDS awareness group Naz Foundation, said the two conflicting verdicts had left the gay community feeling insecure and vulnerable. 

"The courts have literally asked people to go back into the closet after coming out," said Gopalan, whose group led the 2009 case. 

While gay rights groups say the law is rarely used to prosecute homosexual acts, they add that police do use it to harass and blackmail members of their community.

Surveys show widespread disapproval of homosexuality in India, obliging many gay men and women to live double lives.

Hindu right-wing groups have been especially vocal about their dislike of same-sex couples, calling such relationships a disease and a Western cultural import. 

“It is against nature, it is against the values and against the heritage of the country,” said Vinod Bansal, a spokesman for the Vishva Hindu Parishad or World Hindu Council, ahead of the march.

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November 25, 2013

Gay Community in India Comes Out to the Streets

Gay protest in Delhi
Gay protesters demanded Indians be allowed to record gender of their choice in the census and other government documents. Photograph: Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Gay rights activists sang songs and carried rainbow-colored flags while marching to the beat of drums on Sunday, as they paraded through India's capital to demand an end to the stigmatization of gay people in the deeply conservative country.
The demonstrators urged an end to all forms of discrimination against gay men, lesbians and transgender people in India, four years after a colonial-era law that criminalised gay sex was overturned.
One group of activists carried a 15-metre (50ft) rainbow-coloured banner, while others waved placards demanding the freedom to lead dignified lives.
The march ended with a public meeting at Jantar Mantar, the main area for protests in Delhi. Many gay rights activists and their families danced and sang as drummers and musicians performed. Others distributed rainbow-coloured flags and badges to members of the public who had gathered to watch and listen to the speeches.
Many demonstrators had come to the march to express their support for the gay community in the city.
Ashok Chauhan, an advertising executive in his mid-40s, said he cycled 8km (five miles) to the parade to support his friends in their choice of sexuality. "It's a matter of choice, and I think each one of us has the right to choose," Chauhan said.
The activists also demanded that people be allowed to record the gender of their choice in the national census, voter identity cards and other government documents.
In 2009, the Delhi high court decriminalised gay sex, which until then had been punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
In some big Indian cities, homosexuality is slowly gaining acceptance, and a few high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with gay issues.
Still, many at the march on Sunday covered their faces with scarves or wore masks because they have not told their friends and families about their sexuality.
Source: the guardian.com.uk

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