In Tamil Nadu, a glossary of hope

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08/28/2022

In a heartening step last week, Tamil Nadu released an official glossary of terms to be used for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities. Done under orders of the Madras High Court, which has issued a raft of guidelines and recommendations to the central and state governments since it started hearing a public interest litigation last year, it gives hope that marginalised communities will not be referred to by mocking terms of jeering or insults. In its gazette notification, the State has mandated that all forums, including the media, only use these terms from the glossary published in English and Tamil.

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