Saurabh Kirpal is an Indian senior advocate, LGBTQ+ activist, and author of a book. In November 2021, he made headlines for being the first openly-gay senior advocate to be recommended for the designation of a judge at the Delhi High Court.Saurabh, a self-professed gay lawyer, talked about discovering his sexuality and his coming out story in an interview. He said, India Ahead I discovered my sexuality at a very early age It took me some time to come to terms with my own sexuality. It was a lonely experience I could not foresee that I could ever live happily with a woman, having a fake marriage, bringing great unhappiness to her, and at least as much unhappiness to myself. It was one of the toughest things for me to come out. I was despairing I did not come out to my parents until I was in my mid to late twenties. But coming out to my parents was one of the happiest moments of my life. It was a joyful glorious experience My father said he was surprised to hear it, but he was happy for me and would support me no matter what. My mother said she sort of suspected it but wasnt really sure. She too would support whatever decisions that I would take..Now a senior advocate, Saurabh once yearned to become an astronaut while growing up, as he loved studying science and astronomy. According to Kirpal, his love for the subjects inspired him to pursue physics majors. BW Legal World He also revealed in an interview that initially, he was sceptical of studying law at Oxford University due to lack of finances, however, he secured a scholarship and got enrolled. Kirpal said, BW Legal World I had planned to read law at Delhi University, but I felt that I needed to expand my horizons and experience life outside India, even if I was never going to permanently settle there. I applied to Oxford to read law and while I obtained admission there, I was not very sure whether I could go. I was dependent on being able to secure a scholarship, which I was fortunate enough to get..Saurabh also enjoys drinking alcoholic beverages. Saurabh Kirpal holding a glass of alcoholic drink.As soon as Saurabh completed his degree in law from the University of Cambridge, he joined the United Nations in Geneva for a brief period and then returned to India in the 1990s to practise in the Supreme Court of India. While at the Supreme Court, the advocate fought many cases in areas of civil, commercial, and constitutional law. In a stint of over two decades, Kirpal had also worked under the former Attorney General and senior Supreme Court lawyer Mukul Rohatgi. BBC.Kirpals high-profile clients include Anil Ambani in a case against his brother, Indian celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia, and others.Saurabh, a lawyer and LGBTQ+ activist, was also among the team of lawyers who helped to bring down Section 377 in September 2018. He was the one who argued the case of Navtej Singh Johor vs Union of India in the court. The Free Press Journal When he was interviewed soon after the verdict was passed, Saurabh said, The Times of India The judgement didnt seem much as Section 377 only made the act of consensual homosexual sex illegal Section 377 was only related to consensual gay sex, but since it was a crime it had an impact on other things as well. Legal changes, like the judgement on Section 377, will gradually help bring in social changes. I think history has shown us that around the world positive changes for the LGBTQIA+ community started with the amendment of laws. Saurabh Kirpal with lawyers who helped to scrap Section 377.According to media reports, in October 2017, Saurabhs name was unanimously recommended for the designation of the permanent judge of Delhi High Court by the Delhi High Court Collegium comprising of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and justices Sanjeev Khanna and Ravindra Bhat. The decision was later deferred. The Free Press Journal.Kirpals name for appointment as the judge was deferred three times since it was recommended in 2017. After the third time it happened, the senior advocate took to media to express his disbelief and to accept the fact that his sexual orientation might have hindered his elevation. Saurabh said in an interview, Hindustan Times Media reports seemed to indicate the issue might have been the nationality of my partner who is Swiss. Had I been a straight man with a foreign spouse, this would not have been an issue; former Supreme Court judges have had foreign spouses. But it became an issue only because I am not..After almost four years, in March 2021, Kirpal was elevated to the position of a senior advocate at the Delhi High Court after all the 31 judges of the Delhi High Court unanimously endorsed his appointment. Hindustan Times.