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Indian LGBT Activists Plan 'Global Day of Rage' Over Supreme Court Ruling: VIDEO

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Activists are organizing events in reaction to the Indiana Supreme Court verdict recriminalizing gay sex starting with a march at Jantar Mantar (the protest zone of New Delhi, Capital of India) on December 15, this Sunday.

Write the organizers:

On December 11th, 2013, The Supreme Court of India reinstated the Criminality of Homosexuality in India. This Judgment has inspired anger across different sections of society around the world. While the legal battle continues, it is important that we make our voices heard. Loud and Clear.

This Judgment is not about any one community in any one country but about the hegemonic structures that oppress many across the world. It is a blow to the various other LGBTIQ communities across the world who might have taken strength from the Indian story to challenge laws/social norms/prejudices that criminalise homosexuality in their own countries. It is time we begin to heal this lasting scar of colonialism. It is time we are given the space and freedom to pursue the work of fundamental social change which is made impossible with a law such as Sec. 377 of the Indian Penal Code choking us.

Gather your friends, lovers and anyone else who is enraged by this injustice. Make your voices heard.

A list of events around the world (so far Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ann Arbor, Cambridge, London, Sydney, and Toronto) can be found on the organizers' Facebook page.

Watch lawyer and activist Gautam Bhan talk about the LGBT community's demands at the Section 377 verdict press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Indiana Supreme Court? Towleroad is really becoming embarrassing.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Dec 13, 2013 8:35:39 AM


  2. @BRIAN1- give them a break. It was an honest, (kinda funny) mistake. These guys are always doing a great job. And its free, Mister.

    Posted by: Dimitri | Dec 13, 2013 8:39:59 AM


  3. Well if the ruling leads to an immediate legislative shift, then good but if it feeds the religious conservatives enough time to to stall until those BJP barbarians get back into power then the issue is finished for a decade.

    Posted by: Chaz | Dec 13, 2013 9:10:21 AM


  4. @Dmitri

    I agree that it's free...

    Posted by: Brian1 | Dec 13, 2013 9:16:04 AM


  5. So rape a woman (including multiple assaults) and you get a slap on the wrist, but having private, consensual, adult to adult sex and you are a pervert.

    There is no defending that system.

    Posted by: bkmn | Dec 13, 2013 9:31:38 AM


  6. The lame ducks in parliament have no will power to stand up to the minority BJP. With the BJP set to take control after next year's election, I seriously doubt we'll see any move by parliament. Get angry and stay angry, but I have no idea what that could possibly do in a country that won't change the way it prosecutes rape even after national (and international) rage.

    Posted by: Kevin | Dec 13, 2013 10:19:09 AM


  7. The lame ducks in parliament have no will power to stand up to the minority BJP. With the BJP set to take control after next year's election, I seriously doubt we'll see any move by parliament. Get angry and stay angry, but I have no idea what that could possibly do in a country that won't change the way it prosecutes rape even after national (and international) rage.

    Posted by: Kevin | Dec 13, 2013 10:19:20 AM


  8. The words "protest zone" are enough. Protest wherever you like. I loved Turkey, Thailand, Egypt, and a couple other low- to middle-income countries (India less so, but that was for a different reason), but they all have those zones. Yuck.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 13, 2013 10:52:28 AM


  9. "So rape a woman (including multiple assaults) and you get a slap on the wrist,"

    Oh, STFU. The assailants in the Delhi gang rape have been sentenced to death by hanging.

    Other rape cases in India have sparked mass outrage and protests. Laws have been enacted in India increasing the penalties for rape. It's hardly a slap on the wrist.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 13, 2013 11:19:39 AM


  10. Free is no excuse. Here it is almost noon and they still haven't fixed it. Pretty embarrassing.

    Posted by: Natlanta | Dec 13, 2013 11:42:40 AM


  11. The law which bans gay sex predates even India’s independence, and exists in most countries that were once British colonies, despite the decriminalization of consensual sex by same-sex adults in Britain in 1967. bit.ly/LGBTrestrictions

    Posted by: Robert | Dec 13, 2013 5:38:34 PM


  12. Does anyone have a link to the actual ruling?

    I thought it was a ruling of a two-person panel of the court. Can this not be appealed to the full court?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 13, 2013 5:45:55 PM


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