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How India’s Anti-Gay Law Was Overturned (VIDEO)

How India’s Anti-Gay Law Was Overturned (VIDEO)

A new video from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance explains how India’s ban on non-heterosexual sex was overturned and why it is so important to HIV prevention efforts that India’s Supreme Court upholds that ruling.

India’s Section 377 of the Penal Code which banned sexual acts “against the order of nature” was struck down in July 2009 after the Delhi High Court found that it was being used to unfairly persecute India’s LGBT population. That decision is under review by the Supreme Court.

In the video below the International HIV/AIDS Alliance explains why it is imperative that all such laws banning homosexuality be struck down across the globe because of the “chilling” effect they have on combating HIV/AIDS.

Indian health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s recently caused a stir after saying to a HIV/AIDS forum that the phenomena of men who have sex with men (MSM) is a “disease” that is not native to India but must now be dealt with. Azad has since tried to backtrack on those comments but has found little support among his peers and no let up from LGBT rights groups who are still calling for his resignation.

Indian culture still places a taboo upon homosexuality, and while progress has been made in recent years there is still a significant stigma that must be dealt with.

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6:41AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Thank you for telling us about this, Steve. Encouraging news.

8:59PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

So glad that progress was made!

9:06PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Laws are needed and a good thing. But I agree with Mary L, it is the attitude of the people that must change. You change that attitude by education.

7:06PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Yay progress;)

3:23PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

The law is one thing and can be changed either way. It's the attitude of the people that is the real need. Look at what still happens in America.

12:15PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

India's gay and lesbian population is similar to 1960's America. Progress in India will be achieved at a snail's pace.

5:34PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

YES!

4:46PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Beautiful :] Equality in action one step at a time. Hopefully, one day, as a world we will come to realize the beauty of all beings as they are, unique and magnificent hearts of purpose everyone :]

4:36PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Thank you for this informative article, glad that the LGBT calling for his resignation.

3:59PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Interesting article. Please keep moving forward, India.

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