As Medha, a 28-year-old bixsexual fashion stylist living in Mumbai, heard the news that the Indian Supreme Court had recriminalized homosexuality, all she could do was think back.
Medha – who did not want her full name used because of the still-potent stigma that being gay carries in India – said that after all the progress her country had made over the past few years, the court’s decision Wednesday felt like a step back in time.
“It was a surprise. Mass media had become more friendly. There are now movies that have gay-friendly characters, and the general public was gaining acceptance,” she said. “Now, all of a sudden, a guy decides it’s de-legalized. Why are we stepping back now?”
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