Kerala High Court Asks Medical Education Board To Review Queer-Phobic Content In Books

The Kerala High Court has directed the Undergraduate Medical Education Board to consider the representations of two NGOs, working for the welfare of the LGBTQ community, against alleged queer-phobic contents in medical textbooks.

The court in its September 7 order directed the Board to first obtain the remarks and views of the Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur, on the representations made by the NGOs Queerythm and Dhisha before taking the final decision.

The NGOs said discriminatory remarks and inhuman references are present in the textbooks with regard to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. They alleged that contents in the books stereotyped the community’s sexual or gender identities as an offence, mental disorder, or perversion.