Gay India – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 7th, 2018

Gay India - The Nomadic Boys

We spent several months travelling in India as a gay couple, from North to South, and absolutely loved it.

We visited world famous monuments like the Taj Mahal and stunning palaces across Rajasthan. We were in awe at the intense spirituality in Varanasi, chilled in the popular backwaters of Kerala, and loved all the delicious Indian food we tried. But our absolute highlight was the people. The Indians stole our heart. As well as being full of charm and character, they were very hospitable and never disrespectful to us. We found them to be welcoming, curious, very friendly, and eager to show off their country to these two foreigners.

On the face of it, India does not appear to be very gay friendly, particularly as the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 to uphold the colonial laws dating back to 1861 banning sex between two consenting men. Whilst this law was decriminalised by the High Court of Delhi in 2009, it was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court because the judges concluded that such an amendment should be left to parliament to decide, and not the judiciary. The law is thankfully being reviewed again in the Supreme Court – a testament to how strong the LGTBQ community is in India.

In practice, gay relationships do of course exist and thrive in India, as they do in any other country. However, social norms in India tend to discourage public display of affection no matter sexual orientation.

But do the maths – this is a country with a population of over 1.3 billion people, which means statistically there are around 130 million gay boys waiting to welcome you.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Visiting Gay India

Author: , October 1st, 2013

Gay India - Ryan C. HaynesIndia is a large country, 120 million people, even taking just the basic 6% that those are gay make a total of 6.12miillon to 12 million gay people. The culture is religiously diverse with Muslim, Christian, Sikhs, Hindu, Buddhists. It’s countrymen made of a wide range of Asians from Middle East, to China to southern, influenced by colonization by British, French, Dutch and Portuguese among others. With travelers from Europe, Australia and USA – it should make it a cauldron mixed of all the best yet orthodox ways and conservatism push homosexuality under the carpet.

In 2009 the Indian government repealed the age-old British law banning homosexuality. A step in the right direction. And some citizens in larger cities try to be recognized in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi yet the gay culture remains discreet.

Steps to equality must start somewhere and this repeal of the gay ban is the beginning. The increasing focus on women’s rights and equality is going to go hand in hand with the recognition of gay people. Eunuchs (trans-type people) are called to provide good luck at marriages but then banished at all other times to their own world on the edge of societal existence. But where does that leave the gay man and girls?

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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Inside Gay Mubai, India

Author: , November 12th, 2010

Gay MumbaiLast year’s reading down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code effectively decriminalized homosexuality in India — a momentous reversal of 149-year-old British colonial legislation.

A veritable explosion of more visible queer expression followed, with Mumbai quickly emerging as the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) capital of India. Shops, books, talks, films, blogs and personalities together created an exciting network of news.

Now that we’re cruising the last leg of 2010 here’s a list of 10 important voices coming out of Mumbai’s LGBT community, the majority of them in very recent years.

Full Story from CNN Go

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