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NCP sets up LGBT cell; becomes first political party in India to do so

The National Congress Party has become the first political party in India to have a cell for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).

NCP sets up LGBT cell; becomes first political party in India to do so
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The National Congress Party (NCP) has become the first political party in India to have a cell for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).

Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil, and Member of Parliament Supriya Sule, has made an announcement regarding the same. The initiative to form a cell for the LGBT was one of the promises made by the party in its election manifesto touted to make the community feel more integrated with the society.

MP Supriya Sule earlier in the Harvard US-India Initiative (HUII) which hosted its annual India conference in Mumbai, had informed about the same. The NCP leader Supriya Sule had further shared her childhood anecdotes and what she feels about the current situation of women in India.

Furthermore, she spoke on the panel discussion titled ‘Women in India: The Fight Still Continues’ and stated that in today’s time the female foeticide is more prominent in urban areas than rural ones.

Back in 2018, the Supreme Court of India ruled that the application of Section 377 to consensual homosexual sex between adults was unconstitutional, "irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary". The five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had unanimously decriminalised homosexual activity between consenting adults ushering in a new wave of change for the country.

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