India has banned the release of the LGBT+ film Love, Simon on the day it was due to be released - but people are fighting back.
India's LGBT+ community has been left reeling in disbelief at the last minute decision to ban the coming-of-age gay film, which has been lauded as an 'instant classic' and a 'hugely charming crowd pleaser' by critics across the world.
The romantic comedy-drama is the first major Hollywood release to tackle a gay teenage story line. It centres on Simon Spier, a closeted gay teenage boy in a high school, as he attempts to navigate coming out to his friends, family and peers.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decided to censor the film on the day it was due to be released because of the film's gay content, reports Gay Star News.
Gay sex is still illegal in India, and gay people are not allowed to marry, or enter into a civil partnership. However, there have been considerable movements to repeal the outdated and repressive laws.