Indian Supreme Court: Desi LGBT Organizing in the Diaspora

This week, the Indian Supreme Court issued a ruling that allowed for the creation of a “third gender” to broaden the country’s gender classification systems. Many of NQAPIA’s partner groups, especially those focusing on serving South Asian LGBT communities, have been following events unfolding in India with respect to the LGBT communities there. As Indians and South Asians in diaspora, activists here in the U.S. and across the world remain connected in ways large and small.

KhushDC, Washington, DC’s local South Asian LGBT organization issued a statement in response to the Indian Supreme Court decision. “We hope the Indian government will make it a priority to enact accessible laws that will actually empower and protect India’s transgender communities not just on paper, but in all spheres of life,” said Sapna Pandya, KhushDC President. 

The statement also made the connection to the Indian Supreme Court’s previous decision last fall to revisit “Section 377” that in effect, re-criminalized homosexual behavior. South Asian LGBT organizations around the country and indeed, around the world, reacted immediately and urgently to this decision, calling for an end to homophobia and transphobia. Many organizations and activists came together to set up “377 No Going Back,” through IDEX (International Development Exchange) that connects U.S. based philanthropy to local, grassroots organizations in India directly working for LGBT communities in response to the Section 377 decision.

NQAPIA is pleased to support  KhushDC, including through fiscal sponsorship of their 20th anniversary this year and stands in solidarity with the organizers of the 377 No Going Back campaign.