“History owes an apology to the members of this community and their families, for the delay in providing redressal for the ignominy and ostracism that they have suffered through the centuries.”
-Supreme Court of India Ruling on Section 377, 6 September 2018
On 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalized homosexuality, after twenty-four years of struggle. Decriminalization was met with cheer and hope, celebrating the fact that LGBT people are no longer criminals in the eyes of the law.
As a founding member of the coalition Voices Against 377, CREA has worked for over 15 years to decriminalize homosexuality in India, giving a platform to lesbian women to advocate for their own rights at the national level alongside allies.
In addition to the long-fought battle against 377, CREA is also a part of Dignity for All, a global consortium that advances the rights of LGBTI persons by engaging with democracies around. This work focuses on countries including India, Kenya, Bangladesh where governments have failed to adequately protect the human rights of LGBTI persons and where national laws continue to criminalize sexual orientation and gender identity in varying degrees. CREA’s work has focused on advancing issues of decriminalization both within existing legal frameworks as well as participating in civil society responses to address these complex issues.
In addition, CREA is a part of a Global South coalition Sexual Rights Initiative, that works consistently within the UN Human Rights Council to advance issues of sexual rights which has often remained neglected within human rights.