Queer love not ‘non-indigenous’; LGBTQIA+ individuals grappling with stigma despite Navtej judgment: Justice SR Krishna Kumar

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12/17/2023

Justice SR Krishna Kumar recently shed light on the historical nuances of queer identities in the Indian subcontinent, challenging the narrative that deems queer love as ‘non-indigenous.’ Referring to the precolonial history of India, Justice Krishna Kumar emphasized that queerness was not merely tolerated but was an integral part of ordinary life in various regions and eras. He highlighted that while violence against LGBTQIA+ individuals existed, the societal perspective was not necessarily one of rejection and that instead, many manifestations of queer identity were considered as ordinary as their heterosexual or cisgender counterparts. Justice Krishna Kumar called for a reevaluation of the false dichotomy between Western and Indian values, which seeks to state that queer love is ‘non-indigenous’. He added that the ‘born this way’ narrative oversimplifies the systemic and structural discrimination faced by the queer community

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