is a Clinical Psychologist who runs The Center for Counselling in Chennai. She is a leading expert in the area of LGBT people in Chennai, because they and their families come to her for support. She reports that post 377,July-Nov., she has seen a significant rise in requests for appointments. People are coming out! AND, conversion aversion therapies on the rise. Teachers and counsellors of many religious and non religious backgrounds are advertising their ability to convert LGBT people using some shocking techniques.
Then we got to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, presented by a lawyer and HIV activistDr. Joe Thomas
Do we have either of those in the U.S.?
theRight to Equality, Non Discrimination
"It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is antithesis of equality."
Okay, then, the zinger, "constitutional morality vs popular morality." There is a notion of Constitutional Morality in Indian Law. It is a higher morality, for the common good, that is a higher bar than the necessarily prejudiced community and time limited understandings of Popular Morality. I think this idea exists because a nation founded on the strength of it's religious and ethnic diversity will necessarily have different expectations of private behavior by community, and there must be some common code of law. In response to this ruling, the National Council of Churches, India spoke out immediately encouraging all to “accompany people of different sexual orientations (PDSO) in their journey.”
We had a great conversation about different notions of privacy. The most interesting example was among Aboriginal Australians. Dr. Thomas described it this way, "Your neighbor protects your privacy, by not looking where he or she should not. The person, not the state upholds the value.