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About Section 377:

Introduced during the British rule in the year 1862 the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of the nature” (Homosexuality). Considered as an archaic and regressive legislation, activist and members of the LGBT community have been fighting to strike down this anti-homosexuality legislation in courts ever since 2001.

The Supreme court in its 2013 verdict had upholded the section 377 criminalizing homosexuality.

The Section struck down:

A 5 member bench set up in 2017 by the Supreme Court to hear Petitions. The Five member bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra commenced hearing on 10th July 2018 and stuck down the Section 377 in a Historic Verdict on 6th September 2018.

(LGBT stands for Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexuals and Transgenders)

The Legal Journey so Far:

Source: The Hindu

The Pride Movements:

Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Designed by gay artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, LGBT pride's rainbow flag initially had eight colours. However, it reduced to six colours by removing the pink and turquoise and replacing indigo with basic blue. In the current flag, red represents life, orange represents healing, yellow stands for sunlight, green represents nature, blue represents art and violet stands for human spirit.

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