The Supreme Court of India took a step toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality this month after announcing it would review section 377 (NYT). Section 377 bans sexual relations between anyone other than man and woman, essentially banning gay sex (Independent). Members of a group from the LGBT community initiated this review, saying they felt persecuted by the government because of their sexual orientation (NYT). The Supreme Court will decide on Section 377 later this year. One equal rights activist, Harrish Iyer, stated he is “cautiously optimistic” (Times of India).
To support the LGBT community, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil announced he is opening an LGBT center on the grounds of his ancestral palace (Reuters). Gohil is the world’s only openly gay prince, a critic of Section 377 and a supporter of the LGBT community (Reuters). The plans for the center include vocational and English training, a medical facility and rooms for guests (NPR). Gohil’s charity, the Lakshya Trust, will run the center’s operations as a sanctuary for persecuted LGBT community members (NPR).
Tags: Human rights, India, LGBT, Supreme Court of India