Gautam Bhan is a Senior Consultant at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.He has been an active member of social movements on a range of issues.
He has been openly gay since his early adulthood, getting his middle-class family with parents in government service to accept him as he is.
Activist and researcher Gautam Bhan (Ph.D. Planning ) raises social questions about civil liberties and human rights in an urbanizing India. As a queer rights activist and writer based in New Delhi, he writes extensively on queer issues and social movements. He is a member of PRISM, Voices against Section 377, and the Nigah Media Collective. Gautam was appeared in Satyamev Jayate episode ‘accepting alternate sexualities’.
He is ‘Sexualities Series’ editor at Yoda Press, and co-editor of ‘Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India’. His writing has featured in many Indian newspapers, Caravan, India Today, Tehelka.
In response to the December 11 Supreme Court ruling Bhan has led the gay community as a spokesman for gay rights. He is one of the strongest advocates for L.G.B.T. rights, and works as a petitioner in the legal battle to decriminalize homosexuality in India.
Gautam Bhan, drew roars of approval when he named various small towns — Gorakhpur, Solan — and asked the crowd to clap for their L.G.B.T. friends from those places.
Bhan says,”Frankly, at this point, we have to regroup and mobilize the community once again. We are not the community we were 10 years ago. The gay community in India is not silent, closeted or afraid anymore. Protests are happening simultaneously in cities across India right now. This is proof that the gay community in India is not going anywhere.”
Very true, Sir! 🙂