Section 377: Chennai turns ‘gay’, celebrates pride and love

India's Supreme court gave the 'queer' their rights in a historic decision on September 6.

Published: 08th September 2018 07:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th September 2018 02:53 AM   |  A+A-

LGBTQ members celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex in Chennai. (Photo | Anirudh Kumar/EPS)

LGBTQ members celebrate the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex in Chennai. (Photo | Anirudh Kumar/EPS)

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CHENNAI: Chennai’s Amjikarai locality erupted in celebration as soon as the Supreme Court scraped Article 377 legalising gay sex in India. Members of the LGBTQ community, who were visibly delighted, had gathered here at Sahodaran’s office, with posters in hands and hope in their hearts.

Painted with rainbow colours, their placards screamed for freedom and pride.

The members of Chennai's LGBTQ Community awaiting the supreme court's decision. ((Photo | Tanushree Roy/EPS)

After the historic decision was aired and confirmation was passed, joy knew no bounds. After a quick formal celebration with cake cutting and dance, members of the LGBTQ community hit the streets to spread their happiness. Random passersby were treated with chocolates and hugs, joining the grand celebration.

“This is a historic moment for us. We no longer will fear of being shamed for being a gay or lesbian. I can walk proudly holding my girlfriend’s hand. Pride always wins”, said a teary-eyed Malini Jeevarathnam, LGBT Activist.

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In India where sex is a hush-hush topic, legalising homosexuality is a watershed in the history of the judiciary. Activists around the country had been fighting the legal battle since the 1990’s for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The Delhi High court had legalised gay sex in 2009 but was reinstated by the Supreme Court later in 2014.

 LGBTQ community members celebrate after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex. (Photo | Tanushree Roy/EPS)

However, with homosexuality ruled off as a criminal offence now, many ancillary legal battles still arise. The questions on ‘same-sex marriage', gay parents’ adoption rights, education and job have yet to be answered. In India every religious community has its set of marriage rules for heterosexual ‘men’ and ‘women’, but the LGBTQ community is devoid of this. The Parliament has also enacted ‘The Special Marriage Act’ in 1954 allowing inter-religious weddings but so far no such legislation has been made for marriages among members in LGBTQ community.

LGBT community supporter celebrates after the Supreme Court verdict which decriminalises consensual gay sex in Chennai. (Photo | Anirudh Kumar/EPS)

“This is just the stepping stone. We have a long way to go. So far we have been very optimistic and we will continue our fight. The society always has some negative comments, but in spite of that we will go ahead and fight for equality”, said Delphina, a LGBTQ activist.

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The celebrations at Amjikarai ended with lighting candles in memory of those who have lost their lives fighting for gay rights. In a short statement to the media, Srijit Sundaram, an activist thanked the media on behalf of the community for the key role it played in supporting the ones who have been fighting for gay rights.

“The media has been there for us when our friends and family didn’t stand by us. We cannot be more thankful, Thank You, Thank You so much”, said Srijit Sundaram.

However, with this historical victory, the community is all optimistic that it will be successful in the ‘battles of rights’ in the future.

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