The LGBT India Buzz

It’s amazing that so much happens over a week or a fortnight. So much gets written about and a lot needs to be talked about. So we decided to get all the LGBT buzz from India at one place and share it with you guys. Tell us what you think about it.

Celina Jaitley set the trend and she did a lot by becoming the unofficial brand ambassador for the community in Bollywood, but it was about time we got some more celebrities to start talking LGBT, so here is Sonam Kapoor, talking joyously about the fact that gay marriages are now legal in New York:

http://www.todaybreakingnews.com/?p=3685

It does not stop here, Miss India Hasleen Kaur chose this time to voice her support for the Indian LGBT community too. Says Hasleen, “Why do we define boundries of love based on sexual orientation? I don’t understand why we should discriminate against a non-heterosexual. They’re completly normal people with the ability to love.

Here is the complete link:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-05/miss-india/29738216_1_sexual-orientation-lgbt-pride-month-lgbt-rights

Our respectable Health Minister stirred a big hornet’s nest last week when he first made and then revoked a statement implying that homosexuality is a disease. He obviously has not been keeping himself informed, so here is a nice and simple read about why it is perfectly ‘normal’ to be in a same sex relationship:

http://idiva.com/news-relationships/why-homosexuality-is-not-a-disease/6195

The celebs are all up in arms and rightly so against the Minister’s statement, they want him to apologise. Azad however has not apologized but simply blamed the media of twisting his comments – so politician like!

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Azad-must-apologise-Celebs/articleshow/9111759.cms

And finally, somewhat old but a very welcome piece of news. India is aiming to become the hub of surrogacy tourism and this amazing gay couple just became parents in India:

Deaf, mute gay couple becomes new parents:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/deaf-mute-gay-couple-becomes-new-parents/160062-3.html

Oh and by the way, Out Journeys can help you in case you wish to come to India and find a family!

The Day of Pride – The Celebration of our Freedom

Some dates become synonymous with life changing moments, for India’s LGBT community 2nd July is one such date. It was on this date, in 2009 that the High Court struck down the draconian Article 377 and within moments, millions of people in India realized what it felt like to be free again!

The day was celebrated with abandon this year again, the pride parades at Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi were resplendent. There was no over the top show of pomp but a resolute belief in our own identity. While the masses celebrated freedom, the recent law in New York that allows gay marriages was spoken of with passion and aspiration. That is indeed the right India’s LGBT community wants to get..and why not!

Members of the Delhi LGBT community look on as celebrations begin

Tme to smile together, for freedom!

The pride in Delhi was special because it was mostly organized by the members of The Queer Campus, a group of college students who have liberated themselves and now celebrate their true identity. The young boys and girls from the Queer Campus spoke about their experiences, joys and aspirations as the crowds cheered them on.

The young organizers of the parade – Super Stars!

That was not all, the Delhi Drum Circle came out in support of the LGBT community and thrilled the crowds with a early impromptu performance. The dancing and hugging was spontaneous and almost an emotional moment for me.

Member of the Delhi Drum Circle mix it up to the delight of the crowd!

Time for a hug!No Fear, just Pride!

The graffiti on the wall was full of promises to stand up for our rights and to strengthen the community against any odds. The media loved it too, they were around in full attendance taking pictures and sound bytes. All in all, an event worth remembering!

This was the first pride of the Out Journeys team and I am so happy to see India coming out!