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…)

Homosexuality in the light of the Right to Privacy Judgement

By Shikha Mukesh Meena, National Law University, Jodhpur.

“The lamp of history destroys the darkness of ignorance”

-The Mahabharata

The term ‘homosexuality’ was coined in the late 19th century by a German psychologist, Karoly Maria Benkert. Homosexuality refers to sexual behaviors and desires between males or between females.

Homosexuality is a social stigma which is still prevalent in many countries including India. Indian society which is considered to be traditional and conventional in many ways is also not impervious to this difference. India has had a conservative background which has been very difficult to break through, and whenever something unconventional is practiced the same is shunned. Homosexuality for one would be considered unconventional. Though the question remains is it unconventional? Or is it the people’s ignorance? (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 facebook.com/celebratepride 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…)