The Brief: Taking bigotry off the books in India

Is decriminalising homosexuality one small step or a giant leap for gay rights?

Wayne Morgan, Edwina Landale

PHOTO: AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi

Law, Arts, culture & society | Asia, South Asia

24 September 2018

On this episode of The Brief, Wayne Morgan takes a look at what India’s decriminalisation of homosexuality will mean for the country’s LGBT community.

Home to over 15 per cent of the world’s population, India’s recent decriminalisation of homosexuality will affect millions of LGBT citizens. But social attitudes can be more important than the law. Questions of sexuality notoriously stir up strong religious, cultural, and moral beliefs – and inspire passionate resistance. On this episode of The Brief, Wayne Morgan breaks down the interplay of culture, colonialism, politics and law in the wake of India’s landmark decision. Listen here: https://policyforumpod.simplecast.fm/india-gay-rights

Professor Wayne Morgan is Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law. He is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the field of queer legal theory. His research focuses on social justice and law reform, primarily in the areas of human sexuality, gender identity and legal regulation

Edwina Landale is the presenter of The Brief. She is a student of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the ANU.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Navtej Singh Johar & Ors. versus Union of India thr. Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice – the Indian Supreme Court’s landmark decision

Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

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This episode of Policy Forum Pod was written and produced by Edwina Landale.

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