While same-sex sexual encounters have been legal for some time now in India, day-to-day harassment and discrimination remains the reality for most queer people.
However, it seems that small steps are being made.
The government of the state of Tamil Nadu recently updated its rules of conduct, including a directive to police officers to stop harassing LGBTQ people.
This move by the Tamil Nadu authorities has been triggered by the ruling of a high court judge.
Obviously, changing the guidance on paper is one thing - how that translates into the actual experience of LGBTQ people is another. Unravelling systemic homophobia takes a long time, but small steps such as this do make some contribution.
Tamil Nadu is generally seen as one of the more progressive states within India - it was one of the first states to implement trans-inclusive measures and support for trans people.
Fear of police harassment and abuse leads to LGBTQ people being reluctant to report crimes or seek assistance - particularly in rural areas of the country.
A lot more needs to be done, but it is encouraging that India's LGBTQ community are seeing some small steps being made to tackle homophobia.