Missed Call Campaign : Please give missed call on the number 08030636030 and send emails to email@example.com to show support.The campaign is hosted by Queer Collective India, a Queer and cis-gendered alliance initiative, and can be reached at Queer Collective India facebook page or their page queercollectiveindia.blogspot.in
Importance: 2nd July 2009. Delhi,
In a historic judgement , Delhi High Court overturned the 150 year old section, legalizing consensual homosexual activities between adults. The essence of the court while striking it down was "section goes against the fundamental right of human citizens"
This was reversed on 11th December 2013 by Supreme Court which upheld the actions and current stand on the issue that section 377 of Indian Penal Code is constitutionally valid.
Intended to revisit the basic argument of human rights and reflect on our past
The event took place in 6 different locations in Bangalore Brigade Road, Indira nagar, Malleswaram, Kamannahalli, Koramangala, Bellandur Cental Mall , on Sunday 5th July 2015 between 4 pm -7 pm with 37 volunteers distributing 4000 pamphlets in aggregate in less than 3 hours and over 500 missed calls received in support.
Following feedbacks were received by volunteers from different locations who wished not to be named: -
"My experience was that it was truly engaging. People showed solidarity."Some people who thought it was just another event actually showed a lot of empathy. One person actually said, the government has no business in bedrooms.”
"Will I be registered as gay, if I give missed call?" Except for this one incident, everyone else was OK. Some started taking their mobile to give missed call."
"The experience was empowering. I had mixed responses, most of which were positive or impassive. Best was when a girl actually wanted to help me, she noted the email address and another girl spoke very positively".
"It was lovely experience for me today distributing the "Love equality" pamphlets. There were a lot of couples who were very supportive and interactive. A lot of young crowd (teenagers) were supportive as well and said they knew about the LGBTQIA community."
"I also had a lunch get together with my relatives today at home and I handed over the pamphlets and explained to all of them about it and got their full support as well."
"Mix of reactions, few supportive and interested, few shy and embarrassed. But never a negative reaction. Only 10% were aware about LGBT or section 377.Thankfully, some people became aware of the scenario today."
"A girl came up to me and said that she was not sure about her sexuality and wanted to find out more about it but was unsure what ways could be used. We asked her to reach us out on email or facebook page."