There wasn't a particular moment of realisation that I was queer, but looking back, I always had an attraction towards girls and thought it was normal, and that everyone experienced that regardless of gender. And of course, I was wrong!
It’s now one hundred and fifty-seven years ago since the British introduced Section 377 in India. Sixty-seven years of democracy, one hundred and fifty-seven years of protecting a law that isn’t a product of Indian values.
The Mumbai Queer Azaadi march took place on the 28th of January, 2017. There were people dressed up all fabulous and those in pajamas and sweatshirts. Some were dancing, because pride is a celebration. And then were those who were sloganeering and singing alternatively, because pride started as a protest, as resistance.
Here are some easy tips to follow or brace yourselves with if you identify as Lesbian, Bisexual or Trans* and go house hunting in India.
SGPC's own biases and homophobia is passed off as "Sikh ethics" without quoting from any of the Granths, or the teachings of the Guru.
Sikhism as a religion is very tolerant and advocates equality and there are no references to homosexuality and homophobia in Guru Granth Sahib.
In Photos: Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk, 11 December'16!
Late afternoon on the 27th of November, it was a beautiful sight in Delhi as hundreds of people marched from Barakhambha Road to Jantar Mantar, covered in rainbow colours, waving signs of freedom and equality, asking for their right to be who they are and choose who they love in the Queer Pride Parade, 2016.
Namma Pride: The Karnataka Queer Pride Walk, 2016 in photos.
Now, I know very well that everyone’s coming out or not coming out experience is unique. I’m writing this piece because when I was in the beginning stages of my queerdom, if I may, reading about other queer people and talking to more helped me tremendously.