LGBT Rights in India

Maharashtra: What is ‘Public University Act, 2016 (Third Amendment) Bill’?

On December 28, 2021, the Maharashtra Legislative Council passed the “Maharashtra Public University Act, 2016 (Third Amendment) Bill”. Highlights The act is being opposed over its provision to include LGBTQIA community members on University Boards. Key Provisions of the act ..



Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha. Features of the Bill Definition of a transgender person The Bill defines a transgender person as one whose gender does not match the gender assigned at ..


Gauri Sawant becomes First Transgender Election Ambassador

The Election Commission of India has appointed transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, as one of the 12 Election Ambassadors from Maharashtra. She is the first Transgender Election Ambassador. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people ..


Gujarat government constitutes a Transgender Welfare Board (TWB)

The Gujarat government has formed a special board for the transgender community to provide social security to the community. As a state-run agency, the ‘Transgender Welfare Board (TWB)’ will have powers to introduce special schemes for the community. It will ..


Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of IPC

In a landmark judgement on September 6, the Supreme Court of India (SCI) struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and decriminalized homosexuality. The five-judge Constitution Bench, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra unanimously ..


Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code  criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of nature”, which includes sexual activities by Gay and Lesbians .  The section states that “whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any ..