In September 2018, India's Supreme Court finally ruled consensual homosexuality legal, overturning a 2013 decision to criminalise such activity and ending almost two decades of court action to repeal section 377 of the Indian penal code.

In 2014, there was a ruling that gave legal recognition of a third gender in India, a step towards increased acceptance of the large yet marginalised transgender (hijra) population.

Goa’s liberal reputation draws gay men, and there’s a discreet scene, mainly around the Calangute/Baga and Candolim area, however, public displays of affection are frowned upon for both homosexual and heterosexual couples.

Publications & Websites

Indja Pink (www.indjapink.co.in) India’s first ‘gay travel boutique’ founded by a well-known Indian fashion designer.

Queer Ink (www.queer-ink.com) Online bookstore specialising in gay- and lesbian-interest books from the subcontinent.