Laurence Anyways

 

You may or may not have already heard about the third feature from Quebec’s rising director Xavier Dolan  causing a stir when it was screened in the Certain Regard category at this year’s Cannes, with its leading lady stealing Best Actress within that competition, and the movie itself grabbing the Queer Palm at the same film festival. 

Of course that was a few months back. Still, there’s no denying any film dealing with the effect of being trans on a heterosexual relationship is going to be remembered more clearly compared with a bog standard comedy drama confined to the regularity of ‘straight cinema’. Not least when it runs for this long.

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Originally posted 2012-11-23 00:45:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Indian court makes us criminals again

Geeta PandeyBBC News, Delhi

India’s top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights.

The Supreme Court ruling reverses a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts.

The court said it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue.

According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence” and punishable by a 10-year jail term.

Several political, social and religious groups had petitioned the Supreme Court to have the law reinstated in the wake of the 2009 court ruling.

“It is up to parliament to legislate on this issue,” Justice GS Singhvi, the head of the two-judge Supreme Court bench, said in Wednesday’s ruling, which came on his last day before retiring.

The Supreme Court ruling has come as a huge surprise for activists who have described it as “retrograde” and say this is “a black day” for gay rights in India.

They have campaigned for years for acceptance in India’s deeply conservative society and many have vowed to carry on the fight for “their constitutional right”.

Nobody expected the Supreme Court, often seen as a last recourse for citizens faced with an unresponsive government, to reverse an order many had hailed as a landmark.

As Justice GS Singhvi announced the order, activists and members of the gay and lesbian community present outside the court began crying and hugging each other.

Some asked if after the court ruling, they had become criminals.

“The legislature must consider deleting this provision (Section 377) from law as per the recommendations of the attorney general,” he added.

Gay rights activists have described Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling as “disappointing” and said they will approach the court to review its decision.

“Such a decision was totally unexpected from the top court. It is a black day,” Arvind Narrain, a lawyer for the Alternative Law Forum gay rights group, told reporters.

“We are very angry about this regressive decision of the court,” he said.

“This decision is a body-blow to people’s rights to equality, privacy and dignity,” G Ananthapadmanabhan of Amnesty International India said in a statement.

“It is hard not to feel let down by this judgement, which has taken India back several years in its commitment to protect basic rights,” he added.

However, the ruling has been welcomed by religious groups, particularly leaders of India’s Muslim and Christian communities, who had challenged the Delhi High Court order.

“The Supreme Court has upheld the century-old traditions of India, the court is not suppressing any citizen, instead it is understanding the beliefs and values of the large majority of the country,” Zafaryab Jilani, member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, told BBC Hindi.

With thanks to the BBC

Originally posted 2013-12-11 16:05:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter