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Panel on LGBT Rights in India

Wednesday Jun 4, 2014

Boston Pride's Human Rights and Education Committee and the South Asian Arts Council are hosting a panel to discuss global issues surrounding LGBT rights focusing on South Asia. The panel will discuss and analyze LGBT issues from legal, political, business, health and cultural perspectives. Recently, the Supreme Court of India re-criminalized homosexuality by enacting Section 377, which is having a profound impact on LGBT community in that part of the world. The event is sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council, an organization that connects with the community to share the rich heritage of South Asia with the modern world.

There are a significant number of South Asians living in the Boston area who are working on advocating forLGBT rights and equality in South Asia. The panel will discuss ways in which local supporters can help support activism overseas. The panel will explore the paradox that India, the world's greatest democracy, is moving forward, but archaic laws like Section 377 diminish the global perception in a human rights issue. Using footage from the Indian media relating to 377, the panel will start the conversations and discuss the latest developments on the issue.

Panelists include: Amit Dixit - Founder and Executive Director of South Asian Arts Council, Payal Sharma - Co- Founder of The Genki Spark, and MASALA Activist, Sarbpreet Singh - a Sikh Leader working with Boston Interfaith circles who frequently represents the Sikh community at Interfaith events, and Meenu Motwani-Jethra- Local Community Leader and Ally of South Asian LGBT Community.

Following the panel there will be a reception hosted by South Asian Arts Council and Boston Pride.

Monday, June 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fenway Health Center, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.


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