LGBT Rights in India

A panel discussion about human rights in South Asia

Presented by Boston Pride and the South Asian Arts Council

Panel discussion to be followed by a reception

Monday, June 9th
Fenway Health
1340 Boylston Street, Boston


thank you to our partners…

Boston Pride
Boston Pride
South Asian Arts Council
Himalayan Bistro
Himalayan Bistro
Fiore’s Bakery
Fiore's Bakery


LGBT Rights in India: 377-The Way Forward

What:   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 for the LGBT 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.

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

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



Amit Dixit – Founder and Executive Director of South Asian Arts Council

Payal Sharma – Co- Founder of The Genki Spark, and MASALA Activist

Sarbpreet Singh – Sikh Leader working with Boston Interfaith circles and frequently represents the Sikh community at Interfaith events

Meenu Motwani-Jethra- Local Community Leader and Ally of South Asian LGBT Community


Monday, June 9, 2014

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Fenway Health Center

1340 Boylston Street

Boston, MA

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About South Asian Arts Council

Founded in Boston, the South Asian Arts Council is a pioneering organization working to share the rich heritage of South Asia with the modern global world. We connect communities through the arts, bringing the history and culture of this dynamic and diverse region to contemporary audiences. From our home in New England to the broader South Asian Diaspora, we connect local and global communities through innovative programming and cutting-edge social media.

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