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.
For 13 years we pretended to be cousins so we could rent a home together. We were told 'keep curtains drawn so neighbors don't know 'what' you are'. We recently bought our own home. Now we voluntarily tell neighbors we are partners 💕. It's time LGBTQ families are normalised too. pic.twitter.com/kZ9t9Wnc7i— Apurva (@Apurvasrani) May 29, 2020
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."