Bangalore celebrates third year since gay sex made legal in India

People unmasked and balloons released in a symbolic ‘Indian Coming Out Day’

Bangalore celebrates third year since gay sex made legal in India
03 July 2012

Bangalore celebrated the third anniversary of the high court ruling that decriminalized homosexual sex in India yesterday.

Over 60 people gathered around the Edward VII statue in Cubbon Park, Bangalore to remove masks and attach them to balloons to symbolize the public unmasking of gay people in India since the historic ruling.

The event was organized by Bangalore LGBT group Mist as a symbolic ‘Indian Coming Out Day’.

Organizer Samuel Konnur told Gay Star News that they didn’t want to have a big celebration because the 2009 Delhi High Court ruling is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court.

‘Because we’re waiting for the final decision from the Supreme Court we didn’t want to celebrate it as a victory,’ said Konnur.

A lawyer from the Alternative Law Forum, which represented the LGBT community in the case currently in the Supreme Court, spoke at the event. Arvind Narrain from said the hearings have concluded and the two judges are set to rule on the case in the next couple of weeks.

After the 300 balloons were released the gathering sung the Indian National Anthem, to show that homosexuality is part of India and not a foreign import, Konnur said.

Today, gay filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan launched a campaign to crowd-fund the rest of his documentary about the decriminalization of gay sex in India.

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