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 ilga.org
Read about the social climate for LGBT people in India at ilga.org