India’s Supreme Court Legalises Gay Sex

Post Date: September 6, 2018

After years of uncertainty surrounding the legality of gay sex in India, the Supreme Court there has today ruled that it is no longer a criminal offence in the country.

This is a historic moment, not just for the LGBTI community in India, but indeed for all of Asia and the world as it sends a strong message of change and acceptance. As the world’s second most populous nation, India has been dogged by colonial-era legislation that no longer speaks to the needs and demands of modern society. Courageous activists have helped make today’s decision a reality and we applaud their efforts!

Workplace Pride’s member have literally hundreds of thousands of employees in India. For them¬†this is validation that a society that accepts people for who they are is a good one to do business in and that their Diversity and Inclusion policies will have a greater chance of being accepted in the country. In 2016 Workplace Pride worked with Solidarity Foundation of India and our member RELX to stage a conference on LGBT inclusion in the workplace in India. The conference, held in the port city of Chennai, clearly identified that the time was ripe for a change in Indian Society on this issue and that workplaces could be at the spearhead of the change.

Going forward, Workplace Pride and its members will continue to work to create workplaces in India around the world where LGBTI people can truly be themselves. Today’s ruling helps take this goal a huge step forward!

For more information on the ruling, see: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45429664