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India Supports LGBT Rights


August 2017


India’s Supreme Court has given the country’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer community the freedom to safely express their sexual orientation. In a historic decision on August 24, 2017, the nine-judge panel declared that an individual’s sexual orientation is protected under the country’s Right to Privacy law.

“Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy,” the decision reads. “Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual. Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.”

Although the Supreme Court did not directly overturn any laws criminalizing same-sex relationships, the language of the court decision offers hope to the LGBTQ community. The judges expressly state sexual orientation falls under an individual’s right to privacy, a constitutional right, and that no individual should be discriminated against based on their orientation.

Going forward, this can establish a precedent as organizations challenge discriminatory laws in court, and offer protection against discrimination in places such as the workforce.

This could even deliver a death blow to an oppressive and controversial law in the Indian Penal Code. Section 377 is a law that limits a citizen’s right to express their gender identity or sexual orientation in consensual relationships. In 2013, another panel of the Supreme Court upheld Section 377.



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Mosque for Gay Muslims in France


November 2012


Mohammed Ludovic Zahed wants to open a mosque for gay Muslims in France. Zahed realized he needed to start a "mosque for gays" after going on the holy pilgrimage.  "In normal mosques, women have to sit in the back seats and wear a headscarf and gay men are afraid of both verbal and physical aggression. After performing the Hajj, I realized that a mosque for gays was a must for gay Muslims who want to perform their prayers," Zahed said.  The mosque would be started inside the hall of a Buddhist chapel where prayers, and eventually gay marriages, would be performed.


France has been the scene of controversy regarding both same sex marriages and Islamic influences. According to the Globe and Mail, over 100,000 protestors from various Catholic groups went to the streets last weekend to challenge any government inclination towards legalizing same-sex marriages.  Whereas a new generation of younger Muslims are seeking LGBT-friendly mosques as well as progressive reform and open acceptance of same-sex marriages, France hasn't yet legalized same-sex marriage and many have not been open to accepting Islamic practices.  Last month, far-right protestors in France charged an unfinished mosque to show their disapproval and concern about the large number of Muslim immigrants in the country.  With such striking protests against Islam and same-sex marriages, this new mosque could cause even greater controversy in France. Eleven other countries have already legalized same-sex marriage, making France 12th if it proceeds in that direction.




Mosque for Gay Muslims in France



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