It may sound like India is sitting decades behind regarding LGBTQ rights, but the destination came a long way this month thanks to a new law supporting local and visiting same-sex couples.

For those who missed the big news earlier this month, India’s Supreme Court ruled that gay sex was no longer a criminal offence and discrimination based on sexual orientation would be considered a violation of rights.

In simpler terms: It’s now legal to sleep with whoever you want!

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Woo! Well done India. You’ve stepped away from the 70+ countries where homosexuality is still criminalised.

While legally same-sex couples in India still can’t wed or obtain a civil partnership, Out in India has launched to support the expected fast growth in LGBTQ visitors.

Mark Snoxell, Out in India’s Product & Marketing Director said the new law is a huge first step for the destination, which was previously boycotted by LGBTQ travellers.

He has tasked Out in India to focus on encouraging LGBTQ locals in India to come out, be active in the country’s tourism industry and set up product and experiences for LGBTQ visitors.

“It’s not a case of simply putting up a rainbow flag and being able to blare Kylie in their chauffeur driven car!”

Mark Snoxell, Out in India’s Product & Marketing Director

“There are many companies promoting ‘Gay & Lesbian Tours’ in India that don’t understand the complexities of this growing sector and are in danger of damaging their brand integrity if they are not being authentic.”

Mark warned same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot in India will still need to remember that while companies and wedding planners will organise a wedding in the country, they aren’t able to facilitate commitment ceremonies or legally recognised weddings.

Out in India officially launches later next month and have reported that they are already managing a steady stream of diverse enquires.

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