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Legalizing Sex: Sexual Minorities, AIDS, and Citizenship in India

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti


Based on twenty months of ethnographic research, the book looks at the relationship between the HIV/AIDS epidemic and rights-based struggles of sexual minorities in contemporary India. Sex workers, gay men, and transgender people in India have become visible in the Indian public sphere since the mid-1980s, when AIDS became an issue in India. Whereas sexual minorities were previously stigmatized and criminalized because of the threat of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Indian state started to fold these groups into national HIV/AIDS policies as “high-risk” groups for an effective response to the epid ... More

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, sexual minorities, biopower, juridical power, India, state, sex work, LGBTQ, hijra, kothi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479810024
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479810024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, author
Texas A&M University