Can India Have an Openly Gay Cricketer or Sportsperson?

Homophobia is widely spread in sports world. In India, situations are worse. A gay person struggles hard but loses in this battle with discrimination based on prejudice.

Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga explores and raises many questions about Homosexuality in sports in his book ‘Selection Day’.

Ansari and Kumar are two characters of this book, who are simply two 14-year-old boys batting in a cricket league. but the homo-erotic romance between Javed Ansari and Manjunath Kumar is absolutely striking! The boys face immense and complex challenges in their life, and it forms the gest of ‘Selection Day’.

Sneha Wakharia from Scroll writes, “The locker room is considered one of the last bastions of homophobia – a place where the careers of LGBTQ sportspersons die before they are born. Where superiority is expressed by condemnation of differences. Where uniformity masquerades as discipline. Where compassion is reserved for more extraordinary circumstances only.

Put a gay teenager in a locker room full of heterosexual teenagers vying to be Maximum Heterosexual (and waiting to sniff out the outliers). That teenager is now unlikely to emerge with his sense of self-intact. And the world now has one less chance at getting a gay century-scorer.”

 India can’t have an openly gay sportstar, many claim. That might not be true, India is changing and will change much more in forthcoming years. My belief is based on a sense of positivity, an odour of equality, love and acceptance, which is spreading day by day! If not in 10 years, then certainly within next 25 years, India will have a gay cricketer, boxer, wrestler or any sportsperson!

~Admin @GayRightsIndia

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Queen Size: A Choreographic Exploration To Combat Homophobia!

Challenging section 377, “Queen-size” is a choreographic exploration that takes the form of a detailed study of the intimacy between two men. A bold step forward by Mandeep Raikhy to fight homophobia and highly prejudiced and discriminatory laws.

Played out on a bed (charpai), the couple examines the carnal, mechanical and emotional details of a close encounter between two male bodies.

The work is inspired by Nishit Saran‘s article titled ‘Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business’, first published in the Indian Express in January 2000. In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-size also poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent.

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The show runs for 135 min and the audience can enter the performance space at specific intervals. Queen-size is an invitation to enter the bedroom of two men — dancers Lalit Khatana and Parinay Mehra — and become an audience to their intimacy. 


Choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy
Soundscape – Yasuhiro Morinaga
Lighting design – Jonathan O’Hear
Dancers & Collaborators – Lalit Khana and Parinay Mehra
Costumes – Virkein Dhar
Photo credit – Desmond Roberts

The Proposed Surrogacy Bill: Unfortunate, Ridiculous and Discriminatory!

Govt is planning a a complete ban on commercial surrogacy. Gay couples and single parents (Indians as well as foreigners) are completely banned from having a child through surrogacy. Only Indian wedded couples are allowed to do so if they are able to find a very close relative as surrogate mother.

For some years past, Indian government has started a ‘Ban’ strategy. If any issue has some problems or challenges, just ban it completely. But ban is not any solution.

Government said the law is intended to protect surrogate mothers from exploitation. Yes, there are some complications in surrogacy like in some past cases where a couple took home one child from a twin birth or a couple left a disabled baby with the surrogate. Putting a ban on the whole thing is not the solution for this. Instead, govt should tackle these problems and implement laws for their protection.

Surrogacy is a big source of earning for some poor women. You are snatching away their source of earning. This is a gift of medical technology to couples who can’t reproduce babies. How can you take that gift away from them?

In 2001, India legalized commercial surrogacy. It’s tragic that India is going backwards. India’s surrogacy business is estimated at around $1 billion a year and growing.There are around 3,000 fertility clinics in India.

So, what are you doing next, Modi Sarkar? Would you now put a ban on owning a car to avoid traffic on roads?

The surrogacy law is yet to be passed by both houses of parliament and we hope govt will realize its mistake and drop this idea!

-Writer and Admin @GayRightsIndia

Remembering Shakuntala Devi: The “Human Computer” and The Pioneer of Gay Rights.

Shakuntala Devi, the master of mathematics and calculations, fought for the right to love freely. After she found out her husband, an IAS officer, was gay, Shakuntala Devi went on the unique journey of understanding, accepting and supporting homosexuality.

Her book ‘The World of Homosexuals’ was the first book in India, which called for decriminalization of homosexuality, and full acceptance. The book surfaced in 1977 after two years before her divorce from Paritosh Banerji, an IAS officer of 1960s, who was homosexual. Despite her broken marriage, she didn’t react in homophobic way. Instead, she felt the need to look at the subject of homosexuality more closely and try to understand it. In her words ‘My only qualification for writing this book is that I am a human being.’”

The pioneering book features interviews with two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage, a temple priest who explains his views on homosexuality, and a review of the existing literature on homosexuality. It ends with a call for decriminalization of homosexuality, and “full and complete acceptance, not just tolerance and sympathy”. As people were highly ignorant, the book went mostly unnoticed at that time. The book is the first study of homosexuality in India.

Her mathematical talent earned her a place in The Guinness Book of World Records. Scientists, professors as well as psychiatrists were astonished over her incredible arithmetic talent. She could carry out hectic calculations of any numbers (even a 200-digit number) in seconds.
She once gave the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds and answered the multiplication of two 13-digit number in 28 seconds.. In addition to her work as a mental calculator and novel-writer, Devi was also an astrologer and an author of several cookbooks.

Here is an excerpt from her writing:

“Immorality does not consist in being different. It consists in not allowing others to be so. It is not the individual whose sexual relations depart from the social custom who is immoral – but those are immoral who would penalize him for being different. A law-abiding citizen who respects the rights and dignities of others, if he is made to suffer merely for deviating from the conventional norm, is not the offender – he is the victim”.

“What we know is that many decent, intelligent, moral and apparently normal people find their own sex more exciting than the opposite sex. They are found in all walks of life and in all professions. If homosexuals want to live within the discipline of society, what does the society expect them to do? Live a life of total celibacy?

“An important question that arises in the thinking members of society is – must then these millions who already exist and tens of millions yet to be born be condemned to misery, loneliness and degradation?

“The time is overdue now, when rather than pretending that homosexuals don’t exist, or hoping to eradicate them by the sheer weight of disapproval or prison sentences, we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for them so that they can live unfettered and unmolested, and make their contribution to the common good of community”

“On this level nothing less than full and complete acceptance will serve – not tolerance and not sympathy.”

The World of Homosexuals (Vikas Publishing House, 1977).

Shakuntala Devi was born in Bengaluru, India to a Kannada Brahmin family. She left us in April 2013 at the age of 83 years. She is survived by her daughter, Anupama Banerji. On 4 November 2013, Devi was honoured with a Google Doodle for what would have been her 84th birthday.

R.I.P. Shakuntala Devi.

Heartthrobs of Indian TV: Sexiest Men on TV you can’t stop drooling Over!

We’re sure that everyone has their favorites when it comes to the men of TV. However, there are some that really stand out from the crowd.  Here’s our pick of the most gorgeous men on TV right now.

VIVEK DAHIYA

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Look at his eyes, that nose or those lips. Just perfect!  Known for his roles in in many popular shows like Kavach, Yeh hai mohabbatein and Veera, this actor is a complete pack of beauty, talent, and hotness.

Karam Rajpal

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Known for his role in ‘Mere angne mein’ and ‘Nadaan Parinde’, Karam is famous for is boyish charm, and good acting.  Don’t look at his eyes, you might just lost in them. This man pretty much has everyone swooning every time he smiles.

Harshad Arora

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Romantic and charming portrayal of harshad in ‘Dahleez’ and ‘Beintahaa’ will make you fall in love with him. There’s something about this chocolate boy.

 

Arjun Bijlani

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 He is an eyecandy for everone. Male protagonist in ‘Naagin’ and previously ‘Miley Jab Hum Tum’.  You might faint just looking at him.

 

Ruslaan Mumtaaz

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This TV model is a bundle of hotness and everyone knows it.charm, hot bodies and blatant good looks—this men is a  triple threat.

Which TV hottie are you currently crushing on, guys? Feel free to add to the list!

India’s First Web Series Based on Lesbian Love To Release Next Week.

‘The ‘Other’ Love Story’, a new web series set in ’90s Bangalore, is about two women who fall in love.

Directed by Roopa Rao, the web-series will be online by the end of August. Its teasers depict the relationship between Aadya (Shweta Gupta) and Aanchal (Spoorthi Gumaste).

The ‘OtherLove Story is a web series of 12 episodes (Season1). The story is set in 90s, in the era of love letters and landline phones.