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Second Anniversary Sec 377 Repeal, Dictionary.com Adds LGBTQIA Terms

BP World Bureau | Sep 06 2020 11:01:24 AM
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The Supreme Court bench announced the repeal of Sec 377 on September 6th, 2018, five years after it was upheld again by the apex court. 

Chief Justice Dipak Misra quoted German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s words as he announced the repeal. 

Sec 377 was introduced by the British colonial rulers criminalising all forms of sexual encounters that were against the order of nature, referring to homosexuality. 

Bollywood screenwriter Apurva Asrani came out and he posted a picture of himself with his boyfriend. Indian athlete Dutee Chand also came out as gay. 

LGBTQIA communities are also fighting for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. 

Supreme Court lawyers Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju led the fight against Sec 377.

In the latest update, dictionary.com added words linked to LGBTQIA+ community, such as “biromantic” — someone who is “romantically attracted to people of two specific and distinct gender identities, as both men and women” — and “deadname,” which is “the previous name of someone who has changed that name."