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Supreme Court scraps Section 377: Verdict celebrated across India, with rainbow hues and hugs
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Supreme Court scraps Section 377: Verdict celebrated across India, with rainbow hues and hugs

Here's a look at some of the quirky ways in which queer Indians and their allies celebrated the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on Section 377

Supreme Court likely to pronounce verdict on pleas challenging validity of Section 377 at 10.30 am tomorrow
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Supreme Court likely to pronounce verdict on pleas challenging validity of Section 377 at 10.30 am tomorrow

The apex court had reserved its verdict on 17 July a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the section that criminalises homosexuality.

Gowda flip-flops on scrapping Sec 377, Swamy says homosexuality a 'genetic disorder'
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Gowda flip-flops on scrapping Sec 377, Swamy says homosexuality a 'genetic disorder'

Gowda, perhaps afraid that he may stick out as the one unfortunately sensible person in his party, decided to retract his statement.

Iyer groom wanted for son: Cheer it or not, India's first gay matrimonial ad is not 'casteist'
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Iyer groom wanted for son: Cheer it or not, India's first gay matrimonial ad is not 'casteist'

A gay Mumbai-based activist's mother, we are told, wanted to place a matrimonial ad in newspaper.

Homophobic and proud! India joins Saudi Arabia, Russia, Pak to vote against same sex relations in UN
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Homophobic and proud! India joins Saudi Arabia, Russia, Pak to vote against same sex relations in UN

India was among the 43 countries that voted in support of a Russian-drafted resolution that proposed removing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff.

Here's why Tim Cook's 'coming out' matters: He didn't make it seem like a big deal
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Here's why Tim Cook's 'coming out' matters: He didn't make it seem like a big deal

Tim Cook's coming out is the kind that most gay people want. It adds another layer to what we know about them without defining his persona and colouring his work.

Bangalore: Woman films husband's gay encounters, police book him under Sec 377
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Bangalore: Woman films husband's gay encounters, police book him under Sec 377

Bangalore police have now arrested an Infosys techie under the draconian Section 377 act, which criminalises homosexuality.

Gay sex ban isn't stopping gay foreign tourists from coming to India
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Gay sex ban isn't stopping gay foreign tourists from coming to India

The Supreme Court which turned the clock back with a gay sex ban didn’t send out a welcoming message, but American gay tourists are not letting it put a wrinkle in their vacation plans

How protests against SC ruling on Sec 377 revealed a new India
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How protests against SC ruling on Sec 377 revealed a new India

The Global Day of Rage over the Section 377 verdict isn’t just a story about anger. It’s also a story about solidarity from unexpected quarters. This is, indeed, a new India.

Supreme Court verdict on 377 violates human rights, says AAP
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Supreme Court verdict on 377 violates human rights, says AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party issued a statement today condemning the Supreme Court's decision to overturn a Delhi High Court order which had declared section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional, thereby decriminalizing homosexuality.

SC ruling on 377: It makes office a nightmare for queers
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SC ruling on 377: It makes office a nightmare for queers

It doesn't worry me that the SC verdict might see me in jail some day. It makes me angry that it asks me not to be myself for a greater part of the day, every day I live. How is that fair?

'Indian legal system would never attend to sexual minorities with any urgency'
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'Indian legal system would never attend to sexual minorities with any urgency'

This is an extract from Gaysia, a book by Australian non-fiction author Benjamin Law. Law has written extensively for Australian and international publications. One chapter in Gaysia is devoted to India and its gay culture. The following excerpt looks at the way the movement to de-criminalise Section 377 began and its victory in the Delhi High Court in 2009.

Sahaay: India gets its first 24x7 LGBT helpline
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Sahaay: India gets its first 24x7 LGBT helpline

In an effort to offer some support to the LGBT community, a 24x7 helpline called the Sahaay Helpline has been set up by an international NGO and supported by Humsafar Trust

Homosexuality row: Govt must not make 'mockery' of system, says SC
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Homosexuality row: Govt must not make 'mockery' of system, says SC

The Centre today favoured decriminalisation of gay sex in Supreme Court, contradicting its earlier stand and drawing the apex court's ire, prompting it to remark that the government must not make a "mockery" of the system.

After flip-flop, Centre tells SC it's not opposed to gay sex
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After flip-flop, Centre tells SC it's not opposed to gay sex

The government said it was not opposed to gay sex as interpreted by the Delhi High court judgement in 2009.

MHA's giant flip-flop on homosexuality
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MHA's giant flip-flop on homosexuality

The ministry said it had no position on the issue.

How is homosexuality unnatural, SC to anti-gay group
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How is homosexuality unnatural, SC to anti-gay group

Anti-gay rights groups, challenging legalisation of gay sex, were today asked by the Supreme Court to explain how such acts are against the order of nature as submitted by them.

India can learn from Clinton's speech on rights for gays and lesbians
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India can learn from Clinton's speech on rights for gays and lesbians

Hillary Clinton gave kudos to the Delhi High Court in a landmark speech in Geneva about human rights for gays and lesbians. But that's not the only reason why Indian activists should pay attention to it.