India’s openly gay prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has done a lot when it comes to the LGBTQ+ rights in India. Now, he has gone a step further and “pioneered South Asia’s first academic module on LGBTQ community”, reports Indiatimes.
The course is titled ‘Proclivity of Gender: Socio-legal approach to LGBTQ Community’ and must be compulsorily taken (beginning Monday) by undergraduate students of Law and Liberal Studies at the Karnavati University in Ahmedabad. The news website further reports that over 60 participants will be attending this course.
“The idea behind the course is to foster inclusive education and greater social acceptance towards the third gender. It will include topics such as the history of LGBTQ rights movement in India and how it began, provide international references to LGBTQ-rights movements, legal rights, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) – a review petition on which is being heard by the Supreme Court, and socio-cultural aspects of the community,” said Gohil, according to Indiatimes.
“Through this course, we will present facts about the community, that are backed by evidence and reasoning to the students to make them understand various aspects of the LGBT community,” he added.
The first step towards changing people’s perspectives and erroneous notions about the LGBTQ+ community is through education – members of the community are hopeful that the infamous and draconian Section 377 will meet its demise this year and now, with this course, we can start on the path to equality.