The struggle against Section 377 Myanmar Penal Code: A viewpoint from India

In his recent blog post, Arvind Narrain makes a good point about what is happening in Myanmar regarding LGBT movement and Section 377 of the Myanmar Penal Code. In his recent blog post he notices that “In Myanmar, the LGBT movement is beginning to take root, after a long history of military rule. The reforms which began in 2010 themselves were the result of sustained protest resulted in the freeing of some controls and the release of political prisoners. This has created some space for civil society, including LGBT groups.”
He adds: “Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the LGBT movement is the unfavourable legal environment of pervasive criminalisation of all aspects of LGBT life.”

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The repeal of #Section377 in India: A transformative constitution and the rights of LGBT persons

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.

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Repeal of 377 is Use of Constitutional Morality to Transform Society: Arvind Narrain

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.

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