Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India. Elections are always a big deal, and the upcoming parliamentary elections in February are seen as a key test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Uttar Pradesh holds 80 parliamentary seats - more than any other state.
LGBTQ community leaders in India are also keeping a close eye on what happens in the Uttar Pradesh elections. The outcome is seen as an important indicator to the policy landscape that must be navigated in the journey towards LGBTQ equality.
The party that currently holds the majority in Uttar Pradesh (and rules the country) is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - a right-wing nationalist party. The BJP is not supportive of same-sex marriage - one of the key equality milestones for India's LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ people are becoming increasingly vocal and politically active in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh elections - advocating for marriage equality and targeting politicians who oppose marriage equality.
While the BJP is an obvious opponent of marriage eqaulity, a challenge that the LGBTQ community is facing is that the Indian National Congress (INC) - the main political alternative in Uttar Pradesh - is also refusing to support calls for marriage equality.
Some of the smaller political parties appear to be more sympathetic to discussing marriage equality, but the consensus appears to be that the BJP is relying on conservative policies to appeal to voters - until their hold on power can be weakened, it will be an uphill battle for the country's LGBTQ community.