RAINBOW AND THE GAVEL: QUEER FREEDOM BEYOND SECTION 377
In celebration of pride month, the Parley Project in collaboration with Lex Macula conducted a webinar on the topic Queer Freedom after Section 377 on Pride Day. The panel consisted of Sr. Advocate Mr Anand Grover and Mr Ashok Row Kavi and was moderated by Mr Abhi Sankret, a transman activist. The session was conducted on Youtube and was attended by participants from around the country.
The panellists spoke about their experiences as a lawyer and as an openly gay man, respectively. Both have been instrumental in the fight for equal rights and freedom of LGBTQ+ in the country. The session gave an overview of the history of LGBTQ+ in India and the events that lead to the historic decriminalisation of Section 377 in 2018. The speakers shared their views on marriage, surrogacy and other rights for the LGBTQ+ community and the need to remain optimistic about getting such long-overdue rights. The stereotypical portrayal of the community in the media and the absence of allyship from it were touched upon.
The conversation was intriguing and successful with an interactive audience. We look forward to conducting such enriching and vital conversations.