The first Indian TV series depicting openly gay characters leaps from YouTube to a prime-time broadcast slot

“All About Section 377,” an Indian sitcom that explores the relationship between a homophobic man who moves to Mumbai to stay with his gay cousin and his boyfriend, has made the leap from YouTube to a widely distributed television network. The series launched online in March 2016 but was added to New Delhi Television’s NDTV Prime earlier this month. “All About Section 377” is now available on all six of India’s commercial direct-to-home (DTH) TV platforms, and sponsored by Hitachi.

Gypsy Khera, a representative of the series’ production company Creative Gypsy, expressed tremendous excitement about the show’s quick transition to mainstream media to Rapid TV News. “It is a huge step forward,” she said. “The series will reach many, many more people, and it will be not only the first series on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community made in India, but also the first on TV.”

“All About Section 377” is named for the Indian Penal Code’s Section 377, which criminalizes homosexuality.

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