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…)

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016: An Analysis

By Dharmendra Lambha, School of Law, UPES, Dehradun.

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 was introduced by the government of India for the protection and welfare of the transgenders in our country. It was introduced in the Parliament in August 2016 by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment after two years of the landmark NALSA judgement, which recognised transgender as the third gender, affirmed their fundamental rights and directed the government to work on a Bill for the protection of their rights. But The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 suffers from various shortcomings that reduce its capacity to serve as a tool of empowerment for transgender persons. (more…)

NALSA v UoI: Critical Analysis

The Supreme Court of India passed a landmark judgment on Transgender rights in April, this year. The Judgment was a long due acknowledgment of the rights of the Transgender in the nation. This judgment plays an essential role in the furtherance of the cause of Transgender and will help in removal of the stigma attached to the third gender and lead to greater social acceptance.

The Judgments applicability was restricted by the Court only to “Transgender”, and explicitly excluded the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexual, thereby not going in the controversial question of validity of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code. With regard to Transgender, both the people who want to transition from their respective genders and the ones who want to be identified with the third gender were included within the ambit of the judgment. (more…)