India and world unites for Day of Rage against gay sex ban

Protests around the globe are being organized to raise awareness over the Supreme Court bringing back a British colonial era law banning homosexuality

India and world unites for Day of Rage against gay sex ban
13 December 2013

India and the world will be uniting for a global protest against the Supreme Court ruling to bring back a law banning gay sex.

Described as the ‘worst event to happen in gay rights’ in recent memory, the ruling means an estimated 40 million people’s lives have been made illegal by the Supreme Court’s actions in bringing back Section 377 on Wednesday (11 December).

Indian LGBTI activists have called on the world to help support them in their time of need.

On the official Day of Rage Facebook page, an organizer said: ‘This judgment has inspired anger across different sections of society around the world.

‘While the legal battle continues, it is important that we make our voices heard. Loud and Clear.

They add: ‘It is time we begin to heal this lasting scar of colonialism. It is time we are given the space and freedom to pursue the work of fundamental social change which is made impossible with a law such as Sec. 377 of the Indian Penal Code choking us.

‘Gather your friends, lovers and anyone else who is enraged by this injustice. Make your voices heard.’

Protests across India, as well as in London, Sydney, Toronto and many other cities, have been planned.

One of the organizers, who wanted to remain anonymous, told GSN the important thing to think about is the reinstatement of the criminalization of homosexuality does not just affect India.

‘When the Delhi High Court overturned the colonial law, a lot of other countries made steps to move forward.

‘It’s very important that we demonstrate not just against what is going on in India, but in other countries as well.’

Peter Tatchell, veteran gay rights campaigner, will be attending the London protest in Soho Square on Sunday (15 December).

 ‘We’re hoping that people who care about LGBT rights globally will join us on Sunday to protest against the decision of the Indian Supreme Court. We want to show our solidarity with LGBT people in India,’ he told Gay Star News.

‘Now that the Supreme Court has blocked the judicial route to equality, our only hope is the Indian parliament.

‘Sunday’s protest is intended to ramp up the pressure on the Indian government to legalise homosexuality.’

Check the Facebook events below and see if you can attend any of the protests around the globe. Also check on the official page for updated listings.

India

Chennai

Delhi

Kolkata

Lucknow

Mangalore

Mumbai

Mysore

Pune

Sangli

Global

Ann Arbor, US

Cambridge, UK

London, UK

Sydney, Australia

Toronto, Canada (13 December)

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