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Resource November 9, 2018

Meet the Journalists: Aarti Singh and Jake Naughton

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In 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalized Section 377 of the penal code, which made same-sex...

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Garlands and images of deities hang over the doorway of an apartment in the Dharavi area of Mumbai. This particular part of Dharavi is home to many hijras, a formally recognized third gender in India. Image by Jake Naughton and Aarti Singh. India, 2018.
Garlands and images of deities hang over the doorway of an apartment in the Dharavi area of Mumbai. This particular part of Dharavi is home to many hijras, a formally recognized third gender in India. Image by Jake Naughton and Aarti Singh. India, 2018.

In 2009, India decriminalized same-sex sexual activity, marking a huge step towards progress for the country. But then, in 2012, the Supreme Court made it illegal once more, leaving LGBTQ people in India in a bizarre place—they couldn't un-come out, nor could they live as freely as they had before.

Aarti Singh and Jake Naughton's project takes a deep look at the lives of the individuals affected. In September 2018, the Supreme Court struck down the law once and for all. But the country has a long way to go before anything like full equality exists.

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