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Thread by @VidyaKrishnan: "1. As we get ready to celebrate a huge civil rights victory for LGBTQ community in , here is a short thread on the people who sowed th […]" #India #PublicHealthHistory #HIVMovement #Section377

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1. As we get ready to celebrate a huge civil rights victory for LGBTQ community in #India, here is a short thread on the people who sowed the seeds for this day… so we know who to thank #PublicHealthHistory #HIVMovement #Section377
2. In 2002, some 30-odd health workers from Naz Foundation were picked up by cops for counselling gay men. They were booked under #Section377 & obscenity laws. They remained in jail for over a month for basically telling gay men to use condoms! #HIVHistory #India
3. This was also the time of global panic about the HIV epidemic. #Cipla was yet to start rolling out low cost generic anti reterovirals.. so.. prevention was the only intervention. #Section377 #HIVHistory #India
4. Lawyers decided to argue this before a conservative judiciary as a public health measure: can’t have health workers incarcerated for preventing #HIV epidemic from spreading. #HIVMovement #India #Section377
5. From there it turned into a PIL, with support from then Union Health Secretary—Sujatha Rao—played a HUGE role in changing the Indian health ministry’s position on LGBTQ rights. (health ministry became a petitioner in this case) @sujakrao #Section377
6. By 2010, the gay community started arguing that this is not simply about public health. It became a full fledged petition for civil rights of the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ movement in #India began as public health movement- for #HIV community.
#Section377
7. I’ve covered this story since the day I started reporting. I'm missing out many, many names but these are some of the architects of today’s victory. #Section377

Sujatha Rao, Anjali Gopalan, Yusuf Hameid, Indrajai Singh, Leena Menghaney ..
8. FYI Indian media played an appalling role in spreading homophobia during initial years of HIV epidemic.
A path breaking (& 1st of its kind) )report on homosexuality in India called “Less Than Gay’ was described as ‘pronographic’ content by Sunday
9. It took 18 months – & the fight involved the Press Council- before the Sunday magazine agreed to publish a rejoinder. More details 👇
sacw.net/article10497.h…
On #India's #GayHistory movement ahead of a landmark ruling on. #Section377 #HIVMovement

thehindu.com/society/its-be…
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