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Homosexuality is taboo across much of Africa and gay people face discrimination or persecution. In Kenya it can lead to a year jail sentence, but in recent years campaigners for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender LGBT rights have become increasingly vocal. Supporters of decriminalization say the current ban is being used daily to discriminate against LGBT people, making it harder for them to get a job or promotion, rent housing or access health and education services.
No one in the history of Rajpipla, a municipality in the western Indian state of Gujarat, would have predicted a member of their region's royal family would some day be ostracized for being gay. It took Gohil, the first openly gay Indian royal, 40 years to come out. But once the news broke in a local paper, it created a nationwide sensation within a matter of hours.
Gay dating apps such as Romeo are coming out and advertising in India on digital media platforms like YouTube. Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexual sexuality, making it legitimate for brands to talk about it. Though many such apps were used in India even before the verdict, not many advertised in the open, since the Indian Penal Code had a provision, Sectionagainst gay sexuality.
Over the past decade, LGBT people have gained more and more tolerance and acceptance in India, especially in large cities. Although same-sex couples are not legally recognized currently by any form, performing a symbolic same-sex marriage is not prohibited under Indian law either. Sincetransgender people in India have been allowed to change their gender without sex reassignment surgeryand have a constitutional right to register themselves under a third gender.
Jump to navigation. A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court gave a historic judgment today, i. September 6,making gay sex legal in India.
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Updated January 28, The recent unanimous ruling by India's Supreme Court to decriminalise gay sex in a country of 1. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, 52, heir to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, is India's openly gay prince.