‘There are few gay people in India’: stigma lingers despite legal victory | Michael Safi and Aarti Singh

‘There are few gay people in India’: stigma lingers despite legal victory | Michael Safi and Aarti Singh

A landmark ruling legalised gay sex in the country in 2018, yet the LGBT community still face stigma and violence

When India’s supreme court announced it was legalising gay sex, people hugged in twos and threes on the lawns outside the Delhi courthouse. They draped themselves in rainbow flags in Bangalore and released balloons into the sky. In Mumbai’s nightclubs, they danced all night.

In Patna, the dusty capital of the east Indian state of Bihar, Roshni did nothing. “We felt good when people were marching in Delhi and Mumbai,” she says. “Everyone wanted to follow [them], but then we feared what other people would think – how they would react.”

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