July 17, 2018

India’s High Court Could Soon Strike Down Colonial-era Law Outlawing Gay Sex

India’s highest court is currently hearing arguments against a 157-year-old law that says gay sex is a crime and “against the order of nature”–and could soon strike the anti-LGBT law down.

The law, referred to as Section 377, was introduced by the British colonizers in 1861 and strictly forbids intercourse and all other sexual activities between non-heterosexual people. It is just one of the many anti-gay laws enacted by the British across their many former colonies–many still exist to this day.

In 2009, Section 377 had been struck down by India’s Supreme Court only to be reinstituted by the same court four years later.

The argument from the judges for the bills reinstitution stated that LGBT only makes up a fraction of the Indian population, that queer people don’t face any discrimination under the law, and that fewer than 200 people had been prosecuted for gay sex in the last 150 years.

But subsequent rulings by the court, which offered rights and protections to transgender people and also established privacy as a fundamental right, set the stage for the possible second overturning of Section 377.

The petitioners at the court in favor of striking down the anti-gay sex legislation reflect a growing trend of openness towards LGBTQ communities among young Indians.

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Foreigners Entering Thailand with Sex Toys Risk Arrest or Confiscation

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According to the Sun, citizens of England have been warned by Carvaka, a popular sex toy manufacturer, that bringing sexual devices into such as dildos or vibrators into Thailand could lead to confiscation or arrest.

“With a number of countries imposing outright bans on vibrators and dildos, it’s important that people are informed before they travel in order to prevent any issues at the point of entry to the country,” said a Carvaka spokesperson. “It’s important to respect other countries’ laws to prevent any issues with the authorities.”

In Thailand, sex toys are considered “obscene objects” and “pornographic items” under the law and are outright banned.

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Chinese Sex Dolls Taken off the Market amid Controversy

According to BBC News, a company offering sex dolls for rent in Beijing was forced to stop operating after just two days due to complaints.

Touch offered a range of five dolls for rent at 298 Yuan (1,500 baht) per day. The range included a school girl, a nurse and a Wonder Woman doll.

However, just two days after launching, they halted the service. The decision came after controversy with the police as well as complaints from the public, who deemed their products “vulgar”.

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In a statement, a spokesperson for Touch said that the company would in future pay more attention to its “social duty”, and would actively promote a “healthier and more harmonious sex lifestyle”.

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Couple Arrested for Having Sex in Public Posted Videos to PornHub

According to the Smoking Gun, a married couple in Louisiana were recently arrested on obscenity charges after being caught having sex in a public library.

Rex and Elizabeth Jernigan have a habit of having intercourse in public places. They also performed sexual acts in a shopping mall, a Burger King and a Walmart. Each time, they filmed everything before posting the videos to their PornHub page, which contains a total of 160 videos and more than 4,000 subscribers.

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The pair were each charged with six counts of obscenity and released on bail. Upon release, Rex immediately took to PornHub, posting about what had happened. “To all my friends and followers, the wife and I just recently bailed out of jail for our public videos we posted on PornHub, hopefully soon we’ll get to post a new video”, he wrote.

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