Last month India's top court struck down a colonial-era law, Section 377, which made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The recent ruling by the court was hailed as a landmark judgement which activists hope will improve gay rights in the country.
While this is a huge win for LGBTQIA communities in India and elsewhere in the world, this is not just about homosexuality and India. This win is a testament to the fact that it's possible to abolish old outdated discriminatory laws and replace them with modern policies that stand for equality and inclusiveness.
On Tuesday, October 9, we will be joined by guest speakers who worked to petition the appeal of Section 377, as well as prominent LGBTQIA rights activists to talk about Section 377 and its implications for India and the whole region:
• Dr Menaka Guruswamy, BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer at Columbia Law School
• Arundhati Katju, Columbia Law School’17 LLM 2016-2017 Human Rights Fellow, Independent Ligitator
• Professor Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight International
• Susan Sommer, Member of Senior Staff at the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice