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Landmark law has made it easier to be open: survey

Being open about their sexual orientation has become easier for the city’s gay community after the Delhi High Court decriminalised sex among consenting same-sex adults in 2009, a survey conducted by Humsafar Trust has revealed.

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2011 01:22 IST
Prachi Pinglay

Being open about their sexual orientation has become easier for the city’s gay community after the Delhi high court decriminalised sex among consenting same-sex adults in 2009, a survey conducted by Humsafar Trust has revealed.

The survey, conducted among 151 members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Mumbai in April and May, was released on Friday.

It indicates a “moderate positive effect” of the change in law on the lives of LGBTs, with 26% of gays, 19% lesbians and 17% transgender participants disclosing their sexual orientation after the HC verdict.

On the impact of the judgment, transgender participants said harassment and threats from the police had reduced, gays felt community outreach had become easier and lesbians indicated that they felt comfortable participating in pride marches and discussing issues with friends.

“After the judgment, there is a sense of heightened security, greater solidarity and confidence among members,” said Ankur Shrivastav, research associate, Humsafar Trust, a non-profit organisation working for LGBT rights. The survey had three components — an online survey of 151 LGBT members, 10 recorded interviews and a consultation with 60 members and stakeholders, which included doctors, lawyers and media professionals.

It revealed that lesbians felt the struggle continued to be harder for them.

“If we talk about Indian culture, gay and MSM are open and accepted by their families. In case of lesbians, families do not accept women partners,” said a participant. The judgment has helped improve the LGBT group’s access to medical care and legal srecourse.