Rights of Sexual Minorities

Beyond Binaries: Rights of Gender Non- Conforming Persons in India and Across the Globe

The GLASS is presently conducting a transnational analysis of laws, policies and cases on various issues related to persons of non- normative gender identities. This research seeks to raise the following questions: what kinds of anti-discrimination measures are available to this population? What kinds of laws “regulate” and “control” this population, what kinds of welfare measures are available to them on a State to State basis and how do the courts construct this subject?

One of the chief aims of the course is to document the legal rights and welfare policies available to non- normative populations in India and across the globe in the form of a report.

(Report Upcoming)

Impact of the Naz Foundation Judgment on the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Delhi:An Empirical Investigation.

The GLASS had undertaken an empirical STUDY on the impact of the Naz Foundation Judgment (decriminalization of same sex by Delhi High Court) on the LGBT community in the State of Delhi. This report aims to determine and analyse the impact of the landmark judgment of July 2, 2009 by the Delhi High Court on the lives of sexual minorities in Delhi. The Court's judgment was in response to a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalised consensual sexual activities between homosexual adults conducted in private. The research conducted consists mostly of personal interviews with members of the LGBT community. Researchers interacted with individuals belonging to different sexual minorities who described their lives before and after July 2, 2009.

Download detailed report here

Non Normative Gender Identity Empirical Study in Chhattisgarh CHLET is undertaking an empirical study with the transgender people in Chhattisgarh. This study seeks to evaluate the current healthcare facilities available for transgender people in public hospital with a special focus on Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). In the state of Tamil Nadu, there is state sponsored SRS performed in select government hospitals. Due to faulty surgical procedures adopted by unqualified medical practitioners in many parts of the country, many transgender people have developed post-operative complications - especially urological problems in various parts in India. An in-depth one-to-one qualitative (self-perception) empirical study will be undertaken in the state of Chhattisgarh to assess the need and viability of such a schemes.

CHLET was the technical legal expert for the Public Hearing on Rights of the Transgender People In India organized by civil society groups and the UNDP.