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It's Complicated: LGBT India Since 2003

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May 14, 2009: Editors of India's first gay magazine, Bombay Dost, or Bombay Friends (from left), Nitin Karani, Vivek Anand, and Pallav Patankar go through an article in the latest edition of their recently relaunched magazine at the Humsafar Trust office in Mumbai. The groundbreaking publication first hit the streets 12 years earlier and despite selling some 5,000 copies every quarter, lack of funding and advertising revenue forced it to close in 2002. In April 2009 the new Bombay Dost was launched at a Mumbai bookstore, with funding from a local men's sexual health charity and the U.N. Development Programme as well as star backing from a Bollywood actress.

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July 2, 2009: Activists celebrate the New Delhi High Court's landmark ruling that decriminalizes gay sex between consenting adults. The decision repealed colonial-era legislation, which the court called a violation of fundamental rights under the constitution. Although prosecutions were rare, gay activists said police used the law to harass and intimidate LGBT people.

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July 5, 2009: National Akali Dal activists hold placards and shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi against an Indian court ruling to decriminalize gay sex.


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