Indian LGBTQ+ Milestone in 2018: A Historic Achievement

Celebrating 5 Years Since India’s Landmark Section 377 Decision

Today marks a significant milestone: five years since India’s historic decision to read down Section 377. This anniversary not only commemorates the legal triumph of September 6, 2018, but also invites reflection on transformative social changes and advancements in LGBTQ+ rights across India. The Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict not only decriminalized consensual same-sex relationships but also paved the way for greater acceptance, inclusion, and equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

The Genesis of Section 377

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, dating back to 1861 during British colonial rule, criminalized “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” perpetuating discrimination and stigma against LGBTQ+ individuals in India for decades.

Historical Milestones

  • 1994: The AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (ABVA) filed the first petition challenging Section 377 in the Delhi High Court, sparking initial legal discourse.

  • 2009: A landmark judgment by the Delhi High Court decriminalized Section 377, recognizing it as a violation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

  • 2013: The Supreme Court overturned the Delhi High Court’s ruling, reinstating Section 377 and prompting renewed advocacy efforts.

  • 2018: The Supreme Court revisited Section 377, leading to its historic decision to read down the law, affirming dignity, equality, and freedom for the LGBTQ+ community.

Challenges and Triumphs

Legal challenges, legislative setbacks, and societal prejudices have shaped the battle for LGBTQ+ rights in India. Each setback was met with resilience and determination by advocacy groups and individuals striving for equality.

Looking Forward with ABEX

At ABEX, we recognize the significance of this milestone in India’s journey towards inclusivity and equality. We are committed to supporting LGBTQ+ rights and fostering workplaces that celebrate diversity and respect for all individuals.


On this anniversary, we celebrate India’s progress in LGBTQ+ rights and acknowledge the ongoing journey towards a more just and inclusive society. ABEX stands with the LGBTQ+ community in advocating for equal rights and opportunities across all sectors of society.