Homosexuality is generally considered a taboo subject by both Indian civil society and the government. Homophobia is prevalent in India. Public discussion of homosexuality in India has been inhibited by the fact that sexuality in any form is rarely discussed openly. In recent years, however, attitudes towards homosexuality have shifted slightly. In particular, there have been more depictions and discussions of homosexuality in the Indian news media and by Bollywood.


On 2 July 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalised homosexual intercourse between consenting adults, throughout India, where Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was adjudged to violate the fundamental right to life and liberty and the right to equality as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.



Male to male relationships: Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: No law

Female to female Relationships: Legal

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law

Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Only in some areas

More on the Indian law at


Social climate

Read about the social climate for LGBT people in India at


LGBT organizations/networks

A list of NGO's in India working with LGBT


More information

Project Bolo ("Project Speak Up") represents the in-depth video interviews with 20 LGBT Indians in four cities who guide us through their experiences related to their coming out, growing up, and everyday queer life. This oral history project focuses also on the Indian LGBT movement from the 60s until today, as well as the the formation of LGBT organizations in India:


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