Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1861, introduced during the British rule of India (modelled on the Buggery Act of 1533) criminalises sexual activities against the order of nature, including homosexual sexual activities.
The section was decriminalized with respect to sex between consenting adults by the High Court of Delhi on July 2009. That judgement was overturned by the Supreme Court of India on December 11, 2013 with the Court holding that amending or repealing Section 377 should be a matter left to Parliament, not the judiciary.
On August 24, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the Right to Equality was a fundamental right of the constitution, called for equality and condemned discrimination, stated that the protection of sexual orientation lies at the core of the fundamental rights and that the rights of the LGBT population are real and founded on constitutional doctrine.
In light of the Supreme Court’s hearing on July 10, 2018 — which will be continued on July 11, 2018 — on a clutch of petitions challenging Section 377 of the IPC, here is a look at some of the richest, most successful and famous people belonging to the LGBT community in India and world over.
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