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Lgbt Indians

What Is Homophobia Like in India?

Kris Jupiter | Posted 03.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Kris Jupiter

Homophobia in India is difficult to describe. It is not the type of homophobia people usually think of: outright violence or discrimination against homosexuals. In Indian society, the existence of homosexuality is simply not acknowledged, so that type of homophobia generally is unseen.

Letter to a Young Boy in Small Town India

Nish Gera | Posted 06.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

Your world will change completely in about a decade and, without really having planned it, you will end up on this tiny island on the other side of the world called Manhattan -- a place full of people who are weird, crazy and sometimes totally unsure of themselves -- just like you.

Yes, Homosexuality Absolutely Is A Choice

John Pavlovitz | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

Confession time. Yes, LGBT people are absolutely making a choice. They are choosing to be the most honest, authentic versions of themselves. The only relevant choice for straight Christians is whether we are willing to examine both our personal opinions and our theology accordingly. The choice is ours.

800 Million Voters in World's Biggest Election: Are Gay Rights on the Ballot?

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

In past Indian elections, gay rights haven't even been a peripheral issue. This time around, they are an issue. But the good news, unfortunately, stops there. It is, at best, only a peripheral issue.

Et Tu, India? Why I Am a Criminal (Again) in My Own Country

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

In India, the largest democracy in the world, gay sex is illegal again -- "again" because the law from 1860 British India that made "sex against the order of nature" illegal was struck down by the Delhi High Court in 2009. Yesterday the Supreme Court upheld the law.

Liberty, Equality and Love?

Ipsita Shome | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ipsita Shome

My country, lamentably, does not understand the concept of homosexuality -- at all. Of all the adjectives in the world I can use, it regrettably is frightened out of its wits at the phenomenon that is ever so natural, evolutionary and fundamental.

Out, Proud And Princely In India

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

Prince Manvendra talks about what it was like to come out in India -- and about everything that has followed: the wrath of the people, their eventual acceptance, Oprah's invitation and his organization Lakshya Trust, which has been changing lives and attitudes in India since then.

Where Are The Gay Indians? Being Gay In The World's Largest Democracy

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

If Kinsey was right, there are anywhere between 50 and 100 million people in India who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. So where is the "gay India"? What does it do, and where does it live? A country that is home to nearly a fifth of the world's population surely needs to confront these questions.

Diwali: A Time to Be Merry and Gay

Amita Swadhin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amita Swadhin

For many gay, lesbian and bisexual Hindus, Diwali can be a painful time of year. Although Hinduism does not overtly condemn gay or lesbian relationships, many conservative South Asian cultural traditions leave little room for them to exist.