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Marriage Equality in India

The ongoing hearings on marriage equality in the Supreme Court have not only raised some pertinent constitutional and human rights issues but also certain key questions, the answers to which will decide the future of LGBTIQ+ rights and activism in India. A report of the ongoing trial is presented in this article, and the potential judicial outcomes are analysed against the backdrop of the constitutional framework, the lived realities of LGBTIQ+ lives, and India’s mainstream politics.

Drag Culture

Drag culture in India, misunderstood as a Western import, is inherently political and tells untold stories of India’s diversity.

How Can Families be Imagined Beyond Kinship and Marriage?

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 and the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2019 reinforce the idea of family as a patriarchal, heterosexual and casteist institution and fail to account for other models of "chosen families'"and intimacies that co-exist in India. Given that the Supreme Court has recognised the right to intimacy as a core component of autonomy and privacy, the article makes a case for the law to fundamentally rethink the way it regulates personal relationships and in doing so, adopt a more functional" approach.

Supreme Court Judgment against Section 377

The Supreme Court’s judgment on Section 377 is an important reminder of the task that lies ahead for the queer movement. How would homonormativity take shape in this nation, as another form of upper-caste male hegemony? Now that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and queer persons are formally being called into full-fledged sexual citizenship, how does the queer movement articulate an intersectional politics of hope that insists on forms of emancipation that do not exclude those who are on the wrong side of caste, religion and ethnicity?

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