Don’t use counseling to turn LGBTQ+ persons against their own identity, says Supreme Court

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: Polity, Topic: Rights issues, Issue: LGBTQ+ identity.

Context: Supreme Court issued guidelines for dealing with habeas corpus petitions by LGBTQ+ community members.


  • All courts follow constitutional values and protect individuals’ free will.
  • Recognizes the importance of chosen families(friends,partners) for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Related case laws:

  1. Navtej Singh Johar Union of India: Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized homosexual acts, was struck down.
  2. NALSA vs. Union of India: Recognized the rights of transgender individuals under Articles 14, 15, and 21 of the Constitution.
  1. The Puttaswamy Case affirmed sexual orientation as an important aspect of privacy protected under the Constitution.

Prelims Connect(Terminology in news):


●     It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, encompassing various sexual orientations and gender identities.

Habeas Corpus: It’s a legal term from Latin that literally translates to “you shall have the body.”

●     It’s a legal procedure where a court can order someone who’s holding another person in custody (like a prison official) to bring the prisoner before the court.

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