Bhopal lawyers confront issues of LGBTQ community

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 May 2017 11:56:45

Staff Reporter,

Lawyers came together in Bhopal on Sunday to understand the issues of the LGBTQ community at a workshop organised by The Humsafar Trust, in association with Anmol Samaj Seva Sansthan.

A total of 30 practicing lawyers attended this informative session. The training workshop began with discussing the fundamentals of gender and sexuality, attempting to challenge some of the common misconceptions that are prevalent in the society, moving on then to issues faced by transgender persons. Later, issues of human rights of the LGBTQ community, particularly around Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the Supreme Court’s NALSA judgement, Transgender Rights Bill and HIV was taken up.

Lawyers discussed active and past cases of discrimination, extortion and violence during the workshop. In a session by Sonal Giani of the Humsafar Trust, the lawyers dissected the law, brainstormed on the means of addressing violence against the community and offered solutions.