September 6th, 2018 will be remembered for years to come in India. This is the day when the Supreme Court of India finally paved the way for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and decriminalized homosexuality. Tears rolled down unabated amid squeals of joy as people across India celebrated this historic occasion. The magnitude of the Section 377 verdict will have far-reaching consequences for civil rights in India, and hopefully, change discriminatory mindsets across the country. While we wait for that to happen, we’re enjoying the outburst of pride on the internet.
Twitter lit up with reactions of joy, disbelief, teary relief, and a lot more. We compiled 20 of the best reactions we saw on Twitter to brighten up this beautiful day even more.
I was in the editorial meeting. Thinking about credit cards and lending bubbles when that happened. Had to quickly message a friend and check if it's true. The answer was yes and I forgot about my stories more quickly than I have ever before. #Section377 https://t.co/cT7xmX00Wv
— Mayank Jain (@Mayank1029) September 6, 2018
Historical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back! 👍👍👍💪💪💪🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZOXwKmKDp5
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 6, 2018
Haven't been able to stop smiling and alternatively tearing up since the morning. #Section377
— Dhrubo Jyoti (@dhrubo127) September 6, 2018
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) September 6, 2018
Freedom has prevailed, Ishq has won today!
A big thank you to everyone who has spent years fighting for this day, this is for you, for all of us!
#377 #Section377 #LGBTQ #queersbreaktwitter #queer pic.twitter.com/375J3EKMVI
— Agents of Ishq (@AgentsofIshq) September 6, 2018
— East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) September 6, 2018
GUYS, I CALLED MY COUSIN DIDI TO GIVE HER THE NEWS AND SHE SAID SHE'S GONNA FINALLY PROPOSE HER GIRLFRIEND.. THEY'RE GONNA TELL THEIR PARENTS OH MY GOD. I'M CRYING RN. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
SHE'S SO HAPPY TO FEEL ACCEPTED. #Section377
— Ƙîℳℂℍî || (@outro_kimchi) September 6, 2018
Celebrations in the lobby of the The LaLit Hotel in Delhi. #section377 verdict. Keshav Suri, son of late hotel magnate Lalit Suri and Executive Director of the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group that owns the LaLit chain of hotels is a #LGBTQ activist. pic.twitter.com/cECtp6D2Eu
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) September 6, 2018
Smriti bunked college, came to Supreme Court for the verdict and came out in front of @Jaideepdeobhanj's camera. 'May not be the idea way to tell my parents' she says.
— Hemani Bhandari (@HemaniBhandari) September 6, 2018
— Swiggy (@swiggy_in) September 6, 2018
This is the india I want to live in. Not one filled with hate, bigotry,sexism homophobia and intolerance. THIS is the India I love. 🇮🇳 🌈
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 6, 2018
And night will fall on a different world! #377Verdict 🌈
— Anupama Chopra (@anupamachopra) September 6, 2018
I am weeping tears of joy. The freedom, dear God, the freedom. How precious is it. #377Verdict
— luna (@mentalexotica) September 6, 2018
— Garvita Khybri (@GarvitaKhybri) September 6, 2018
— harish iyer (@hiyer) September 6, 2018
HISTORIC JUDGEMENT OUT Y'ALL. Homosexual acts have been decriminalised in the nation. Welcoming a new wave of freedom. 🌈✨❤️ The SC says we exist, our rights matter! We're FREE! 🕊️ #Section377 #IndiaisLGBTIQ+
— Anwesh Sahoo (@sahoo_anwesh) September 6, 2018
Had to distract self from compulsively refreshing Twitter so made dis. pic.twitter.com/mkQOH8Orny
— The Pai (@twentytwobyPai) September 6, 2018
— Gaylaxy (@GaylaxyMagazine) September 6, 2018
This supreme judgement is a reminder for all that love conquers. Dance the moment, smell the glorious scent of this day and replete with the flavour of equal rights for all#section377 🌈 https://t.co/tDGAGbRdBi
— Roshni (@roshgadolWay) September 6, 2018
— Nishita Jha (@NishSwish) September 6, 2018
Section 377 will no longer force people to hide who they are or who they love. Congratulations, India!