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Gay Rights in India: The Struggle Continues


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Men and women get ready for Humsafars weekly drag show in Mumbai.    Source: (c) 2009 Abbie Fentress Swanson

Men and women get ready for Humsafar's weekly drag show in Mumbai. Source: (c) 2009 Abbie Fentress Swanson

Since the mid-19th century, its been illegal to be homosexual in India, resulting in harassment of LGBT people, and forcing many of the estimated 50 million gay Indians into the shadows of society. But that archaic law has finally been overturned. On this edition, we hear about the gay community’s struggle for legal rights in India, and the prospects for cultural acceptance, after a historic victory in court.


Priti Naranyan and Rakesh Modi, TRIKONE Board of Directors members; Prakash Javadekar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson; Gautam Bhan, Voices Against 377 Member; Vivek Anand, Humsafar Trust CEO; A. “Jaya” Gunaseelan, Former sex worker and Sahodaran! Outreach Worker/Coordinator; Sunil Menon, Fashion Designer and Sahodaran! Founder; Maya Shankar, Sangini Trust Coordinator & Counselor; Betu Singh, Sangini Trust Coordinator & Founding Member; Sachin Doshi and Vikram Joshi, Gay Bombay Kite-Flying event attendees.

This documentary was produced with help from the UC Berkeley School of Journalism and UC Berkeley J-school lecturer Claire Schoen. Thanks also to Angad Bhalla, Mohini Bakshi, the Narayanans, P. Sainath, Kiran Keshavamurthy and Mansoor Khan.

For More Information:

Abbie Swanson

The Humsafar Trust

Naz Foundation (of India) Trust


The Sangini Trust


Voices Against 377

Additional Information:

‘The Migration’ A film by Mira Nair

Featuring music by:

DJ Doll

Author: Radio Project

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