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After Supreme Court verdict on Section 377, LGBTQ community members, activists gear up for next challenge
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After Supreme Court verdict on Section 377, LGBTQ community members, activists gear up for next challenge

India will remember the morning of 6 September, 2018 for a long time to come, when at 11.30 am, in a matter of half an hour, the Supreme Court decriminalised consensual intercourse between persons of the same sex and read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

Supreme Court strikes down Section 377: Plaudits must go to Ashok Row Kavi, flag-bearer of India's LGBT movement
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Supreme Court strikes down Section 377: Plaudits must go to Ashok Row Kavi, flag-bearer of India's LGBT movement

Ashok is perhaps the first Indian homosexual to step out of the closet even though he had confessed to it, and had sought comfort to mentally come to terms with it with a spell in a monastery

SC judgment on privacy was catalyst: Humsafar Trust's Ashok Row Kavi on petition to quash Section 377
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SC judgment on privacy was catalyst: Humsafar Trust's Ashok Row Kavi on petition to quash Section 377

The Mumbai-based NGO Humsafar Trust — headed by LGBTQ rights champion Ashok Row Kavi — moved the Supreme Court against Section 377. Row Kavi spoke with Firstpost about what prompted the petition.

Out and Proud: How Pallav Patankar fought discrimination, failure to live life on his own terms
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Out and Proud: How Pallav Patankar fought discrimination, failure to live life on his own terms

Pallav Patankar works hard to bring happiness into the lives of LGBTQ people

RSS flip-flop on homosexuality indicates gay men in India remain in exile, writes Ashok Row Kavi
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RSS flip-flop on homosexuality indicates gay men in India remain in exile, writes Ashok Row Kavi

My submission to the RSS is: “You’ve come a long way. Now listen to the scientific evidence". The World Health Organisation has removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases over two three decades ago. The Indian Psychiatrist Association has officially given a clarion call that homosexuality is a “normal variant of human sexual behaviour”. And it’s time you moved on homosexuality too.

Binayak Sen to Irom Sharmila: A look at India's post-independence social activists
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Binayak Sen to Irom Sharmila: A look at India's post-independence social activists

It's not just politicians, India's social activists have brought about considerable changes in the country in the last 68 years of independence. Here's a look at some of the prominent social activists born post-independence.

SC verdict on 377 tells gays to 'Go in a closet and die': activists
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SC verdict on 377 tells gays to 'Go in a closet and die': activists

GS Singhvi ruled that the courts do not have the the appropriate authority to strike down the section 377 which criminalises homosexual acts and that it was the parliament which has to legislate upon the matter.