A common refrain of Victorian politicians was that the ‘sun never sets on the British Empire.’
Although the British Empire has been dismantled, the sun is yet to set upon its legacy of homophobic laws that continue to deprive gay people of their fundamental rights in 41 countries across the Commonwealth.
In India, gay people are reeling from the shock of the Supreme Court decision to reverse a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order that decriminalised gay sex. The archaic law in question – Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – dates back to 1861 and was introduced during the time of British rule. Starting with the so-called ‘sub-continent’, it has spread across much of the rest of the former British Empire.
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