In 2018, homosexuality was decriminalized in India. It was the result of a rights mobilization that started almost two decades ago. From the start, LGBT activists tried to influence society and the judges directly, not least through contact with other judges who happened to be gay. This article is a first attempt at understanding the mobilization and decriminalization in light of contact. It is also a first attempt at combining contact theories from both gestalt and the social sciences, including Allport’s (1954) contact hypothesis. In this interview with Vikram Kolmannskog we will discuss how homosexuality was decriminalized in India and why it seems quite plausible that contact of a certain kind played an important role in the Indian case.
Article “Right to Love: India’s Decriminalization of Homosexuality Understood in Light of Contact” written by Vikram Kolmannskog