Tamil Nadu drafts an LGBTQIA community welfare policy, setting a precedent.

The Madras High Court was informed by the Tamil Nadu (TN) government on Friday that a draft welfare policy for the LGBTQIA+ community is now being developed and will be finished and announced within the next three months.

This is the first time a state has suggested a policy like this for the LGBTQIA+ community. No State has formally recognised and presented a policy for the entire LGBTQIA+ population, despite some States, like Tamil Nadu, having separate welfare and inclusive legislation and regulations for the transgender group.

The Madras High Court’s Justice N Anand Venkatesh approved the State government’s submission and praised the TN government for taking this “gallant” action.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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