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'I Want To Break Free': Trials And Tribulations Of The Queer Community In India

Amid positive changes in the legal landscape for the LGBTQIA+ community, a lesbian woman wonders why she still needs to travel abroad to get her same-sex marriage registered.

March for Pride: Poster at a 2019 Queer Pride March in Delhi
March for Pride: Poster at a 2019 Queer Pride March in Delhi Photo: Getty Images

The Beatles famously sang ‘All you need is love, love; Love is all you need’. At the risk of ruffling the feathers of music aficionados everywhere, I take the liberty to disagree with them and say­—perhaps we need a little more than love… Structural changes as well as attitudinal changes are essential. Equality is not achieved with the decriminalisation of homosexuality alone but must extend to all spheres of life including the home, the workplace, and public places.”

—Justice D.Y. Chandrachud at a British High Commission event organised in August to commemorate the Supreme Court’s historic 2018 judgment decriminalising same-sex relations.

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