This Indian-American same-sex wedding is a must-see!

Samir Das, originally from India, met Dale through a mutual friend and after knowing each other socially for 3-4 years, they started dating.They were together for 6 years before they decided to get married!

The dashing Samir married his boyfriend in Washington few years ago. Many wedding guests came all the way from India to attend.

Samir said, “The wedding turned out great, and Indian guests said it was the best they have attended, including family members! This was especially amazing for us to hear, as our families were less than enthusiastic about it originally, and we were not sure if they would attend when we first informed them of our intention to get married.”

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The handsome couple shared some more about their wedding ceremony, “We wanted to plan a ceremony that captured who we were, so we planned a fusion ceremony that incorporated both Indian and Western ceremonies. We also wanted a ceremony that was not just ‘all about us’, but acknowledged our friends and family and recognized their importance to this occasion.”

The theme of blue, white and purple color throughout the floral arrangements was carried over from the ceremony to the reception. The mandap, reception stage and details were clean and classy.

These photos by jessie mary photography are everyone’s dream come true. These photos are adorable. Enjoy!

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Photo Credits: Jessie Mary Photography.

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Is There Any Cure For Censor Board’s Homophobia?

Owing to censor’s homophobia, good filmmakers are abstained from making meaningful work.  Denial of progressive movies by censor is an obstacle in the social development of our country.

Recently, Censor Board absurdly denied certification for a Malayali film “Ka Bodyscapes”.The film is a story of two men in love; Vishnu, a Kabaddi Player and Haris, a painter. It’s also about a woman Sia, who takes a stand against patriarchal norms.

The Censor board sent a letter to the director of the movie giving ridiculous reasons for stalling the movie.

First Reason: (Really sick)
In the movie, Hindu God ‘Hanuman’ is shown in the books on homosexuality, and so it humiliates Hindu religion.
Second Reason: (meaningless)
The movie’s posters highlight the word ‘gay’.
Third Reason: (extremely miscogynist)
The film has references to female masturbation.

There could be 1000 logical and better reasons to deny approval of movies like Grand Masti, Mastizaade and Kya Super kool hai hum. How did such vulgar and depraved films get censor’s approval? Many mainstream movies that show gratuitous violence are often cleared for audience. But why Censor is so afraid of ‘gay’ word?

Director of Ka Bodyscapes, Jayan Charian, who identifies himself as queer, said, “I feel deeply committed to the cause and will challenge it in the high court. We will fight for free speech.”

The film has been screened at film festivals around the world including in the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival 2016. The film is a work of fiction set in contemporary Kerala, but the characters have been inspired by real people Jayan has come across. The plot integrates several important historical events.

Censor’s personal mentality and prejudiced mind is damaging our country. Censor needs to cure itself of its illness.

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Prateik Babbar and Suhail Sidhwani To Portray Gay Lovers in Theatre Play ‘six’.

A new theatre play titled ‘six’ is the story of two men in love- An IPL cricket star and a wealthy owner of an IPL team. The performance will be staged at Jeff Goldberg studio in Bandra. Based on LB Hamilton’s classic ‘A Midnight Clear’, the theatre play opens on July 29.

Plot:

The lovers have not seen each other in a year but are thrust together once again after one is brutally attacked and raped. In the course of an evening, they rediscover their love for one another and also why they can never be together.

Prateik is hired by the IPL team not for his talent as a cricketer but because the owner of the team believes that his good looks can help sell more products. The two eventually fall in love and part because they can’t withstand the pressure of the relationship. The cricketer hasn’t felt such attraction to another man before and his sexual orientation comes as a revelation to him.

 

Director and writer Jeff Goldberg told MidDay, “Love is just love and people should be allowed to just be. The original story is set in the 1940s in New York. We wanted to give it an Indian context. We re-wrote the story, setting it in Mumbai and working on the back-stories of the characters, their professions, lifestyle and other small details…
…Suhail is controlled as a performer and holds the audience attention brilliantly. Prateik is more fluid and has a very funny side. Their personalities balance the two characters out brilliantly and makes the chemistry strong.”

The hour-long play, stars Suhail Sidhwani and Prateik Babbar and has been directed and written by Jeff Goldberg and assistant directed by Vishal Handa.

ON July 29, 30 and 31
Time 7.30 pm
AT Gazebo House, 133 Hill Road, Bandra (W).
CALL 7506906927
For tickets log on to in.bookmyshow.com

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All About PrEP: The Most Effective Medication For HIV/AIDS Prevention.

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is an HIV-prevention strategy for protection from HIV infection. The only drug which any health organization recommends for PrEP is Truvada. In India, Cipla has got approval to sell its version of Truvada, ‘Tenvir EM‘.

The drug Truvada, manufactured by Gilead Sciences, has been approved by the FDA for PrEP since 2012. In May 2016, Cipla got approval to sell this drug by Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). Cipla’s drug is priced at 2,200/- for a month.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that “PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool. People who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day.

Important facts about PrEP:

  • First of all, the drug is for prevention, not for cure. It can be used by people who do not have HIV/AIDS but have substantial risk of it.
  • 99% protection is achievable if the drugs are taken every day.

  • Truvada (Tenofovir disoproxil/emtricitabine ) was approved by the FDA for PrEP on 16 July 2012.
  • PrEP is intended for use with condoms, so that each method can compensate for essential or casual efficacy deficits of the other.
  • USA, France, Australia, Israel, Canada, Kenya and South Africa have approved PrEP.

How it works?

One of PrEP’s active ingredients, tenofovir disoproxil (TDF),effectively blocks HIV from incorporating its genetic material into the host’s genome, and thus prevents HIV infection.

Who can use it? (FDA recommended)

  • Gay or bisexual men who have have had anal sex without a condom,
    And who have been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months.
  • Discordant partners where one partner is HIV-positive and the other HIV-negative.
  • Men or women who do not regularly use condoms during sex with partners of unknown HIV status.
  • Anyone who has injected illicit drugs in the past six months, with sharing of equipment
  • Persons with HIV should never use PrEP, and an HIV test is necessary before starting to use PrEP.

Side Effects:

Kidney and Hepatitis B patients have safety problems with this drug.
Only minor side effects such as nausea or diarrhea.

Results from Research:

  • The iPrEx study demonstrated 42% reduction of HIV infection among men who have sex with men.
  • Subsequent analysis of the data has suggested that 99% protection is achievable if the drugs are taken every day.
  • In a population of 400 gay men in France and Canada at high risk for HIV, this strategy led to an 86% drop in HIV infections over the average 9
    month follow-up of the study.

tenvir-em (1)The recent approval in India as a preventive marks a significant step in HIV prevention efforts. It has added a big new weapon in the fight against the HIV epidemic. The next important step will depend on the National AIDS Control Organsiation (NACO) and its inclusion of the drug as a preventive in the national programme.

 

FDA approval copy: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm312210.htm

 

‘Amour’- A Brand New Dating Platform For Queer Indians.

‘Amour’- a platform primarily based on Facebook, launched about a month ago, aims to help you find your soulmate. As opposed to the hookup sites that already exist, Amour verifies profiles before adding them to the group to make the group more secure.

The website promises to be an inclusive platform for all members of queer community. The site has a detailed signup form to prevent any kind of catfishing, and is available in six different languages (English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali).

The group has received a good response among the queer community. Within 1.5 months, Amour has close to 470+ likes, 350+ members and 230+ profiles. 81% of registered profiles are of gay males.  The Amour Team has worked for almost 2 months on the concept before launching various aspects like the contents of Google form and the other design contents.

Karan Kariappa, the admin of Amour says, “When we had a deeper discussion with community members we realized that we need to have a group for all the LGBTIQA+ looking for partners. It’s a mainly a dating platform where people can choose their partner(s) with terms of their own for the relationship.”

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The team consists of Karan Kariappa -team coordinator, Dolly – representative from lesbian community, Shilok – moderator(Kannada) and representative from trans community, Ram Swaroop – moderator (English & Hindi), Deepthi – moderator (English & Telugu) and Chennai representative, Andy – moderator and Hyderabad representative, Yogesh – moderator and Delhi representative, Jerry – moderator and Mumbai representative, Srini – Content designer.

 

Mr. World 2016 is Rohit Khandelwal : First Indian to win the title!

For the first time ever, an Indian has won the prestigious title of Mr World. He is also the first Asian to win this title.

Rohit Khandelwal of Hyderabad won Mr World 2016, beating 47 other participants from around the world. The event took place yesterday in England. 

Reacting to the major win, Rohit said, “I still can’t believe that I have won the Mr World title. Being the first Indian ever to win this title makes me immensely proud and ecstatic

The official Twitter handle of Mr World 2016 posted the pictures from the grand ceremony. pic.twitter.com/32m8QVAdvd

As part of the preparation for this major event, not only did Rohit undergo rigorous physical training to gain optimum levels of fitness without turning bulky, he also had to go through various grooming sessions. He managed to perform various physical enurance feats that were part of the challenge at the event.

While Rohit was crowned Mr World, 1st runner up position, Mr Puerto Rico and 2nd runner up, Mr Mexico. Rohit has received a cash prize of $50,000. He wore a tuxedo designed by Nivedita Saboo.

Rohit has made his appearances in Yeh hai Aashiqi (episdoe 76), Pyar tune Kya Kiya (season 6 episode 19), Big F (episode 7), Million Dollar Girl and many  TV advertisements. He was crowned Mr. India last year in Mumbai.

When Straight Models Went Bold To Combat Section 377.

 

It was the hottest and boldest  protest against section 377. Straight models Tapan Singh and Vimal Shah got naked and kissed each other for Mandate magazine in 2013 to combat section 377 and homophobia.

When Tapan Singh entered on sets, he immediately noticed Vimal Shah. Their eyes met but the sparks didn’t flow. The awkwardness was obvious. In fact, when Tapan first put his hand on Vimal’s ripped torso, he hesitatingly said, “Are we sure about this?” But soon the two men, who were strangers a while ago, lost themselves in the moment. Post a few test shots as their lips entwined, and magazine got its cover shot.

This wasn’t an act of pure affection but one of principle and defiance. Tapan and Vimal, heterosexual models, with their entire careers in front of them, in one of the most image-obsessed industries in the world, decided to kiss for a cause—to show the world that intimacy is something universal and not given to classifications in law books.

“We don’t give a damn!”, is what they said when I asked about the Section 377. Talking about how he ended up going through with our shoot, Tapan said, “It was a very different experience than anything I’ve ever done before. But, at the end of the day, I’m an actor and I take on different roles and if I can support a cause I believe in by doing this, then all the better.
The kissing shot took a little time to get acclimatised but, once I got into the mode, it wasn’t really a problem.”

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Source: Magnamags.

‘Star Trek’ Gets Its First Gay Character.

Actor John Cho has revealed that his character in Star Trek- Hikaru Sulu is gay. He will be seen in upcoming movie ‘Star Trek -Beyond’ as being in a same sex relationship and the father to a daughter.

Cho is pleased with the way in which his personal life has been introduced to the saga, “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise one’s personal orientation,” he said.

George Takei, an openly gay actor played the character of Sulu in the original 1960s Star Trek series. But that character was not homosexual.

Star Trek Beyond, directed by Fast and Furious helmer Justin Lin, arrives in theaters on July 22.

PM Modi Can Learn A Lot From Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau



Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made history on Sunday when he marched in Canada’s largest pride parade.Wearing pink shirt, he looked like a love angel for gays, who wants to see happiness and affection among his people. Trudeau said, “We have to speak up anytime there is intolerance or discrimination.”

“It shouldn’t be a big thing that a prime minister’s walking a Pride parade, and from now on it won’t,” he said.

Well, that’s really a big thing for us Mr. Trudeau, because we have a PM who has never spoken a word about gay rights. We can’t even imagine that he is participating in Delhi Queer Pride.

India is not much far from Canada in any field; power, economy, education, prosperity, urbanization. We can compare these two countries in every field. But why, why there is no comparison when it comes to gay rights and equality. Why Indian PM is so homophobic who doesn’t even care about the community and ignores millions of people, whose lives have been wrenched away.

It’s true that we can’t expect from Mr. Modi to take part in Delhi Queer Pride, neither we see in him a leader for gay community . We just want him to take a stand against discrimination, scrap section 377, bring justice and save millions of lives.
Actually, at this time we just want to break his silence and just say what he thinks about section 377.

A person who is known for his speeches, who has spoken about almost every issue in several countries, is neutral and mute. His silence is unacceptable. How can he ignore the fundamental rights of people?

Mr. Modi, you can make India powerful, but you can’t make it happy, unless you give every citizen the right of personal liberty, the right to live, the right to love!

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Photos from Gurgaon’s first ever Pride Parade

Gurgaon held its first-ever LGBT pride parade on 25th June. People came forward in large numbers to join in the festivities of the pride march, which was conducted at Leisure Valley Ground in Sector 29. The moto of the parade was ‘repeal of Section 377 ‘ and ‘freedom from sexual orientation to ensure social justice and a truly inclusive environment’.

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Many Gurgaon-based participants chose to wear masks, while their friends from Delhi were seen encouraging them to come out. Dhiren, a JNU student said, “People think being homosexual is a `rich man’s problem’. So it becomes important for the pride to travel from metro cities to smaller towns.“

Bharat, a gay rights activist and lawyer, said, “Arrey kahan hain Gurgaon ke 6 feet ke sexy and handsome hunks? Kitna suna Haryana ke laundon ke bare mein.“

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Puja Bajad, who organised the event in Gurgaon, said, “We were apprehensive about holding it in Leisure Valley as we didn’t know how people would react, but everything went well.“

Mohnish Malhotra, one of the organisers of Delhi Queer Pride, shares with us, “This giant rainbow has been stitched and re-stitched by my parents, travelling from one pride parade to another in the last eight years.

Initially a music and open mic session was held and was followed by candle light vigil to show solidarity with Orlando and Mexico massacre victims and the murdered Bangladeshi queer activists.

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