Section 377 verdict: Here’s a list of people behind the petitions
Sunil Mehra is a Journalist by profession and has been the former editor of Indian edition of Maxim magazine. Mehra, 63, is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Studio Abhyas. He and Johar have been in a committed relationship for two decades.
59 year-old Navtej Singh Johar is a Bharatnatyam dancer and recipient of 2014 Sangeet Natak Academy award, now teaches at Ashoka University. Also a co-founder and artistic director of Studio Abhyas, a centre for yoga and dance in New Delhi.
Varun Iyer is a 19-year-old IIT-Delhi student, who is also the youngest petitioner against 377. He realised he was gay 5 years ago but found courage to come out only after he went to college.
67 year-old Aman Nath is a Hotelier and historian who has written over 15 books on art, culutre and historical architecture. Aman and his late partner Francis Wacziarg were among the founding members of INTACH, and established the Neemrana chain of heritage hotels.
Akkai Padmashali is a transgender, an activist and recipient of the Karnataka state Rajyotsava award.
Ayesha Kapur is now a consultant in the food and beverages industry.
Gautam Yadava is a member of Mumbai-based NGO Humsafar Trust, Yadav, 27, filed a petition along with Ashok Row Kavi, Vivek Raj Anand, Gautam Yadav, Yashwinder singh and Arif Jafar. He works on HIV issues and gay rights.