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India activists use Independence Day to reiterate call for equality

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India on Aug. 15 celebrated 76 years of independence. This year’s Independence Day was very different. The Indian flag was everywhere; on cars, taxis, trucks, homes and government buildings.

The country celebrated its true identity — Bharat, the Sanskrit name of India. Sanskrit, the world’s oldest language, is part of India’s cultural identity.

But the country’s LGBTQ and intersex community is still searching for true inclusion in different government and private institutions.

The Indian Supreme Court in 2018 struck down the colonial-era law that criminalized homosexuality. Four years later, on Aug.

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