The fall of India’s Penal Code Section 377 liberated 78 million people from the repressive law against consensual adult same-gender sex — one of the biggest LGBTQ news stories of 2018. This special program includes comments by Indian activists sounds from the streets … with a cameo appearance by out gay Indian-American comic Nik Dodani! (NewsWrap returns next week.)
Complete Program Summary for the week of December 31, 2018
Program #1,605 distributed 12/31/18
Hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle and produced with Greg Gordon
NewsWrap returns next week.
Special Feature: When India’s Supreme Court finally overturned the repressive colonial-era law against consensual adult same-gender sex, it decriminalized 78 million – almost one in five LGBTQ people on earth. The rollercoaster struggle to remove Penal Code Section 377 began in 2009, trying both judicial and legislative strategies. This special program places the law in its historical context and, through our NewsWrap coverage over the years, documents each inspiring twist and disappointing turn that led to one of the most important LGBTQ stories of 2018.
Included are comments by Indian activists “Shurta” and Deepak Kashyap (with thanks to “Sapphic Nomads” KATIE COOK and MAGGIE YOUNG), sounds from the protests and the celebrations, and some gay Indian-American comic relief from Nik Dodani (on CBS-TV’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)! (Featuring NewsWrap reporters SHERI LUNN, PAMELA BROOKS, MICHAEL ALLAN, KRISTIN MELLIAN, GARY SHAW, WENZEL JONES, JOHN DYER V, SARAH SWEENEY, MICHAEL LEBEAU, and CHRISTOPHER GAAL; music by RAVI SHANKAR and ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, BIKRAM GHOSH, MAYA RAO and BRONSKI BEAT.)
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