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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