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SEXUALITY

Many of our campaigns over the years have been centred around issues of control of women’s sexuality by the family, community, social structures and the law. But it is since the late 1990s, that we have actively engaged with wider issues relating to sexuality, namely the rights of the LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. The visible starting point was the furore generated by the screening of the film “Fire” and the protests, primarily of lesbian women, that raged around it. As part of the Campaign for Lesbian Rights (CALERI) in 1999 we have worked with others to visibilise the issue and generate public debates. And since its inception in 2004, we have also been part of Voices Against 377, a coalition of NGOs and progressive groups based in Delhi that also filed a key intervention petition in the case at the Delhi High Court that finally decriminalized adult consensual sexual relations by reading down Sec 377 of the IPC.

Marching at Delhi Queer Pride events, (2008 & 2009), facing the challenges thrown up by cases of homophobia and lesbian/gay suicides, we understand today more than ever that the struggles of the women’s movement and the queer movement are linked together, so is our liberation. We continue to work towards the day when sex workers’ work will be recognised as work, when dancers will be back in the bars of Mumbai, when hijras and kothis will live a life a dignity, and when killings in the name of honour will cease to happen.

ARTICLES

WOMEN’S GROUPS SEEK GENDER JUSTICE FOR TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PERSONS

Statement by Women's Groups and Individuals 13th Nov 2019

GENDER MUST BE CONSENSUAL!!Challenging the Gender Binary

Newsletter Sep 2013 – Aug 2014

‘MINISCULE MINORITY’... Supreme Court Recriminalises homosexuality

Newsletter Sep 2013 – Aug 2014

INTERESTING DEBATES ON INTERSEX-NESS

Newsletter Sep 2011 - Apr 2012

SAHELI AS EXHIBITIONIST! AT THE NIGAH QUEERFEST 2011

Newsletter Sep 2011 - Apr 2012

AGAINST FORCIBLE GENITOPLASTY OF INFANTS: A joint statement

Newsletter Jan - Aug 2011

365 DAYS: SINCE 377 FELL

Newsletter May - Aug 2010

OPERATION MORALITY: AMU Style

Newsletter May - Aug 2010

DELHI STEPS OUT IN PRIDE AGAIN!

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2010

DELHI ASSERTS ITS QUEER PRIDE AGAIN

Newsletter May - Aug 2009

377 READ DOWN DOWN DOWN!

Newsletter May - Aug 2009

KEY ARGUMENTS IN THE CASE AGAINST 377

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2008

DELHI DISCOVERS ITS QUEER PRIDE

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2008

WOMEN’S GROUPS CONDEMN ATTACKS ON KOTHIS

Newsletter Jan – Apr 2007

DANCERS SPEAK OUT

Report on a FAOW Rapid Survey on Dancers in Mumbai Bars

Newsletter May - Aug 2005

THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT AND OUR TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP WITH PROSTITUTION: A DIALOGUE ON SAHELI DAY

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2004

VOICES AGAINST 377 GET LOUDER!

Newsletter May – Aug 2004

THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT AND OUR TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP WITH PROSTITUTION

A Dialogue on Saheli Day

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2004

THE 'DECENCY' DEBATES

Censorship and the Journey of a Women’s Group

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2004

REPEAL SECTION 377 IPC: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT

Newsletter Sep – Dec 2003

OPENING UP NEW ISSUES, RE-OPENING OLD DEBATES

Newsletter Jul 2000

Shiv Sena Ko Gussa Kyon Aataa Hai? CONTROVERSY OVER THE FILM 'FIRE'

Newsletter Feb 1999

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