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Heroes of Gay History in India

Submitted by OhMojo Location: All India (All India, India)

With the repeal of Section 377 it is no longer a crime to be gay in India. This calls for a big thank you and showing our appreciation to everyone who contributed in this journey.

There have been many people during the entire course of this journey who have made a difference in a big or small way. Who are the people and organizations that contributed in this journey in a positive manner? Name them here and lets say a thank you to them.

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Posted On Sep 6, 2018 - 06:48 AM

Totally agree and appreciated

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Posted On Sep 6, 2018 - 06:51 AM

Ya Laxmi tripathi, Ashok Row Kavi, Manvendra Singh Gohil, vikram seth come to mind. but there are thousands others. naaz foundation and others. but all people who believed in themselves and fought against family pressure and social bias all are heroes.

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Posted On Sep 6, 2018 - 07:15 AM

First and foremost Hero who comes to mind is Ashok Row Kavi. He was the first openly gay person in India! He came out at a time when there was absolutely no visibility or even the minutest of acceptance. It was a very brave step. Ever since he has been at the forefront of this fight. He founded the first NGO for the gay community - The Humsafar Trust. This NGO continues to be at the forefront for helping the community.

My salute to this Hero and his Courage.

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Posted On Sep 8, 2018 - 04:25 AM

Professor Siras of AMU, on whom the movie Aligarh is based.
Saleem Kidwai
Riyad Wadia.
Chitra Palekar , mother to a lesbian daughter who didnt stop at accepting her as she is, but worked to spread awareness.
Film makers Shirdhar Rangayan, Onir .

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Posted On Sep 11, 2018 - 05:07 AM

I am not blaming anyone or look down upon anyone. If my post sounded like that, I didnt mean it.

Didnt like the phrase "making fuss of sexuality". If you are restrained from leading a full life because of your sexuality or rather the society's (govt included) viewpoint about it, one has the right to feel aggrieved and agitate about it. That's not making fuss.
Its my life, I should be able to lead it the way I want.

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Posted On Sep 11, 2018 - 09:20 PM

Its abt looking at the bigger picture. Or the full picture. Just bcoz you or any other particular individual feels like expressing his sexuality in a particular way, doesnt mean you should expect everyone to follow suit. Thts the whole point. Different ppl hv different tastes. Just like sm folks prefer gals n sm prefer guys, i may not be too keen to wear pink or purple. Not bcoz of society or state, just bcoz i prefer sm other color. I may not like to put on lipstick. Doesnt mean tht i despise those who do. Its an individuals personal choice. There ought not be everything in black n white. Thts the whole point.

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Posted On Sep 12, 2018 - 01:10 AM

Here are the heros, the petitoners in THE case (Different newspapers/sights have given out different names, I guess there was more than one petition..
1.Bharatnatyam dancer Navtej Singh Johar 2. Journalist Sunil Mehra 3.Celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia 4.Hotelier Aman Nath 5.Hotelier Keshav Suri 6. Business executive Ayesha Kapur 7 Gautam Yadav: a Delhi-based programme officer with the NGO Humsafar Trust 8 Urvi: a research intern at the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, a female transgender 9 Arif Jafar: founder of the NGO Bharosa Trust in Lucknow 10 Akkai Padmashali: a transgender rights activist

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Posted On Oct 14, 2018 - 06:20 AM

Thanks for letting us. Sure they are unsung heroes who gave us this moment to live with dignity.

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Posted On Nov 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

@Fifty .. They are not just heroes.. for me more than that..when I cannot tell my close friend that I am gay... what are things they would undergone in society.. when they come out and on top of it they fighted for rights of whole LGBTQ ppl..Big salute from me...!!!