The Queer Column

The Queer Column is a space for authors who wish to analyse law and policy through an intersectional lens. We wish to publish work that approaches the law through a queer perspective and aim for queer inclusivity within academia. Through our podcasts, we wish to capture the personal experiences of academicians, lawyers and activists working for the queer community.


Queering The Right to Health: Marginalisation, Equal Citizenship and Social Determinants of Healthcare

Rohin Bhatt & Sarthak Virdi

Rohin Bhatt graduated from Gujarat National Law University in 2021 with a B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) and with a Master of Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, where he was the class speaker, and is a co-founder of the Indian Bioethics Project. He is a regular contributor to The Leaflet. Most of his work focuses on constitutional law, bioethics (with a particular focus on feminist and queer approaches to bioethics), and the effects fascism has on human rights and their intersections. It has appeared in both public and academic platforms.

Sarthak Virdi is a student of National Law School of India University, Bangalore.


This piece aims to analyze how accessible healthcare is to queer individuals and locates itself within personal accounts. It presents access to healthcare as a function of one’s socio-economic standing and showcases queer exclusion through examples of practices such as conversion therapy. It historically contextualizes the queer movement in India in the demand for contraceptives from the MSM community in the Tihar Jail in the 1990s and shows how queer identity still remains tied to notions of disease and is sexualized and stigmatized. Finally, it proposes queer bioethics as the counter to undo the assumption of heteronormativity within healthcare.



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SIMRAN SHAIKH

Simran Shaikh is one of the founding members of Dai Welfare Society; the first community-based organisation for hijras in India. She has served on the governing boards of state and national PLHIV networks and been a consultant to national and international organisations on issues of gender and sexual minorities living with HIV. She is also a former UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Member from Asia Pacific region (2015-2016).


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Queering The Right to Health: Marginalisation, Equal Citizenship and Social Determinants of Healthcare

Rohin Bhatt & Sarthak Virdi This piece aims to analyze how accessible healthcare is to queer individuals and locates itself within personal accounts. It presents access to healthcare as a function of one’s socio-economic standing and showcases queer exclusion through examples of practices such as conversion therapy. It historically contextualizes the queer movement in India […]

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