Friday, June 10, 2016

Homophobia 'rampant' in workplaces in India - GAY STAR NEWS

by David Hudson
Originally published: June 9, 2016
Publisher: GayStarNews.com 

Criminalization of same-sex sexual activity by Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code has greatly slowed progress with regards to LGBT diversity and inclusion.

A major study into the workplace experiences of LGBT people in India concludes that homophobia is ‘rampant’, discrimination is ‘commonplace’, and many employees feel unable to come out at work.

The study was undertaken by Mumbai-based LGBT advocacy non-profit Mingle (Mission for Indian Lesbian and Gay Empowerment). It’s the second study of its kind undertaken by the organization.

The first study was undertaken in 2012, but the latest study found any progress with regards to LGBT inclusion to be slow.

The authors believe that the criminalization of same-sex sexual activity in 2013 (with the re-introduction of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code late that year) is partly to blame.