The GNLU Gender & Sexuality Forum: A Story of Survival

By Arnaaz Ameer, Gujarat National Law University.

How the Gender and Sexuality Forum came about

In the summer of 2017, I developed an interest in gender studies. My knowledge of feminism or the issues faced by the LGBTQ community, till that point were restricted to articles I’d read in the news or random journals. Over the course of long evenings and lazy Sunday afternoons spent reading research articles on gender and sexuality within the Indian context, my overly enthusiastic self decided to write an email to a Professor seeking permission to set up a club with like-minded people getting together to talk about gender, sexuality, and mainly, the LGBTQ community. (more…)

Same Sex Marriage: The India Scenario

By Vartika Aggarwal, Vivekanada Institute of Professional Studies.

The term ‘homosexuality’ in the literal sense means, being sexually attracted to a person of the same sex as one’s own. Homosexuality entails, leading of life by an individual over which he/she has complete right as assigned to him/her by the Constitution of a nation,  a right to lead life with dignity and respect. There are references of homosexuality in our ancient literature & scriptures  which reflect that the concept was prevalent in our society in ancient times as well. However, India till date remains an over conservative and religion based nation and hence same sex or gay marriages are looked down upon in India. (more…)

‘Does the U.S. Supreme Court Judgement Legalising Same Sex Marriages Matter to India?’

By Hita M. Agarwal, WBNUJS, Kolkata.

If you are one of the 1.5 billion Facebook users over the world, you could not have possibly missed out on vibgyor marked profile pictures over the course of last week.

For the uninitiated, the filter marked the Obergefell v. Hodges judgement, which legalised same-sex marriage in all fifty states of the United States of America. The judgement overturned the ruling in Baker v. Nelson, which was decided in 1972. (more…)