The decision in Navtej Singh Johar v Union of India, which read down Section377 of the Indian Penal Code on 6th of September 2018 marked a historic victory for a vibrant and vociferous LGBT movement, which for over 17 years had been demanding the repeal of Section 377 of the IPC. The decision itself built upon a history of struggle carried out relentlessly across the country which involved pride marches, protests, demonstrations as well as courageous individual acts of LGBT persons coming out in their workplaces, families as well as in the media.
We are pleased to reach out to you once more to share information about our latest activities. We have participated in UN spaces, and prepared statements and documents. We also developed and delivered a lot of trainings, along with speeches at conferences.
We have been part of the process before the Indian Supreme Court, advocating for the decriminalization of same-sex relations (the Court said that Section 377 is not constitutional!), and have been strategizing about ways to use the outcomes of strategic litigation and apology to create real change.
We are happy to share this summary with you.
A New anthology from the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study entitled “Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope” will be released shortly. The book is an outcome of a five-year international collaboration among partners that share a common legacy of British colonial laws that criminalise same-sex intimacy and gender identity/expression. The project sought to facilitate learning from each other and to create outcomes that would advance knowledge and social justice. The project was unique, combining research and writing with participatory documentary video lm-making. This visionary politics infuses the pages of the anthology.
Both Arvind Narrain and Kim Vance have chapters in the book.
Canadian Civil Society Organizations Welcome New Commitment from Government of Canada to Support LGBTI Rights Globally following the Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference in Vancouver
Following a number of advances, promising conversations, and advocacy by the Dignity Network, the Government of Canada has committed, both financially and through concrete actions, to strengthen human rights protections for #LGBTI people around the world. “Canada’s announcement is a welcome step forward but more is needed and Canada is certainly capable of more. We continue to press Canada to both assert and demonstrate leadership with respect to LGBTI rights around the world, through concrete and bold action,”said Kim Vance, EDof ARC International, a Dignity Network Steering Committee member.
The repeal of Indian Penal Code Section 377 that criminalized homosexuality in India is constitutional morality being used by courts to help transform society, says Arvind Narrain as he analyses the verdict. His words may help activists think how to take forward the ideas of the judgement.