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The history of LGBTQ movement in India

03:52 PM Jun 01, 2021 IST | Ground Report
the history of lgbtq movement in india

Ground Report | New Delhi: On September 06, 2018, as soon as the Supreme Court gave the historic verdict, ‘Homosexuality is no longer a crime’. Similarly, the faces of the LGBTQ community blossomed. This decision was seen as the freedom of homosexuals. But, do you know that this community fought a long battle to reach this milestone. Many movements were made for this. Then somewhere, Section 377, which declared homosexuality as illegal, could be repealed.

First understand the meaning of ‘LGBTQ’

In simple terms, L in LGBTQ means Lesbian. Meaning a situation in which two females have physical attraction towards each other. G means ‘gay’. In this, two males have physical attraction towards each other. B denotes bisexual. In this, physical attraction is equally towards both male and female. The fourth letter is T, which represents transgenders. The term is used to refer to those who lead a life in the role of the opposite sex of the innately determined gender. The last letter Q refers to people who consider themselves to be neither lesbian, nor gay, nor bisexual, nor transgender.


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Controversial screw of section 377 in India  

India brought a wind of change with its independence in 1947. Where, under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, all Indians got the right to equality. Wherein Article 15 clearly states that there is no place for any discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex or place of birth. Not only this, under Article 21 all citizens of the country also got the right to privacy and personal dignity.


However, homosexuality remained an offense under Section 377. It was implemented by the British Empire under Victorian ethics around 1860–61. Also ensured that if any man has unnatural sex with any man, man, woman or animal, then he is guilty.


Since, this section violated their rights and rights according to the LGBTQ community. For example, there was a strong opposition to it. Initially the protest was in a suppressed voice But later it started coming out in the open.


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‘First Movement’ in Delhi’s roads

What happened on August 11, 1992 in front of the Police Headquarters of the capital Delhi, became a great example of this. This was reportedly the first movement to legitimize homosexuality. In fact, Delhi Police apprehended some people from Connaught Place on the grounds of homosexuality. When the committee named Anti-AIDS Discrimination came to know about this, they opened a front against Delhi Police.

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