Ebay Launches India’s First-Ever Commercial Featuring Gay Couple.

Ebay India has come up with an adorable commercial, which gives a message of not judging people and accepting them as they are.

In a part of this ad, a man is seen proposing to his boyfriend and saying, “Angoothi ko sirf mera pyar nazar aata hai” (The ring only sees my love.)

Ghoongroos don’t ask if the person wearing it is a man or woman, candles dont ask a person celebrating Diwali if it is a Muslim or Hindu, a smartphone doesn’t object when a man takes a pout selfie. #ThingsDontJudge

The latest commercial gives the message of acceptance and breaks social myths and prejudices.

Previously, myntra had a commercial featuring lesbian love and Jabong featured a gay couple on its site.

Such admirable moves by these popular brands are going to play a crucial role in our movement for equality and freedom.

#ThingsDontJudge

#LiveAndLetLive

Our Pride : World’s Most Senior Psychiatrist Dinesh Bhugra.

He sends out a strong message to all those morons and merciless psychiatrists who think they can ‘cure’ homosexuality. Grew up in Yamunanagar in Haryana State, Mr. Dinesh is the president of world Psychiatric Association.

He had come out as gay in an interview with Guardian and said his profession should apologise for the way it has treated gay men and women.

“There are still countries where it’s seen as an illness,” he told the Guardian. “We need to make a stand against it.”

As head of the World Psychiatric Association, he represents more than 200,000 psychiatrists across 137 national organisations and 117 countries. There are many psychiatrists in India and other countries who still view homosexuality as a mental illness. How do they feel about having an openly gay leader?

Mr. Dinesh says, “When I came out to my family, my father freaked out completely, my mother was really pragmatic and said, ‘Who’s going to look after you in old age.”

Bhugra has been with his partner Mike for more than 30 years.

He studied at Mukand Lal National Higher Secondary School, Yamuna Nagar, where he won the scholarship for MBBS at the Armed Forces Medical College at Poona University

He also has a PhD from the King’s College London, an MPhil from Leicester University, an MSc (sociology) fromSouth Bank University and an MA (social anthropology) and the Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery from the Society of Apothecaries.

He has become an important authority on several issues, like public health psychiatry: cross-cultural psychiatry, migrant mental health, professionalism in psychiatry, depression, psychosexual medicine, service provision and decision-making, having published over 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 100 editorials and invited papers, 90 book chapters.

The 61-year-old is also professor of psychiatry and diversity at King’s College London, and chair of the Mental Health foundation. He is a well-known commentator on mental health issues. He has contributed to The Guardian,The Daily Telegraph,the Daily Mail, The Times (UK),the Financial Times, The Observer, The Huffington Post, the BBC News Magazine, The Times of India and The New York Times.

‘Gaycation’ Series Comes to India, Explores Indian LGBT Society.

In the second season of Gaycation, actress Ellen Page and writer-producer Ian Thorpe showcased the lgbtq community of India. Exploring the gay culture of India, they meet several people including openly or closeted gay men, women, couples, trans-people and celebrities.

The episode starts with a conversation with the openly gay head of Godrej India and writer of ‘GayBombay’, Parmesh Sahani.

India has a deep lgbtq culture, historical narratives and mythologies. But in the british colonial-era, lgbt diversity of India was ignored and people absorbed homophobic mindsets and values,” Sahani said, “Though the reinstating of Section 377 was very wrong, it kinda galvanised the community to act together, to strategise better, and I think that over the long term it will lay the foundations for a better future.”

As the sun sets, Ian Daniel ventured the gay nightlife of Mumbai. Daniel visits gay night clubs, which are a safe place for gay cruising in the city. Ian talks to some gay men and couples over there. “You do find homophobic people in Mumbai too but in comparision to scenario in India, it’s quite safe.”

Ellen and Ian make a visit to activist Harish Iyer’s house. Harish Introduces them to his family and also two ‘gay cats’ he owns.

When Harrish’s mother who supported him always and placed a matrimonial ad for his gay son in Mid-Day, tells them, “Earlier i was introvert about my son’s sexuality. But I wanted to do good for my son and so i decided to face it openly and talk with people about it.”

Ashok Row Kavi, pioneer of India’s gay rights movement had a chat with the Gaycation team. “Even today, there is no identity of being gay. Gay children are left behind. There is violence against gay men ar cruising places. Women face violence at domestic closed spaces.”

Team Gaysi, an lgbtq organization especially for lesbian and bisexual women highlights the plight of women, “In India, women are not allowed to have a sexuality, either straight or not. Their job is to have a womb, get married and produce babies. The idea of sex is alien.

A lesbian woman and a couple shared their stories, who were interviewed anonymously.

And a meeting with Baba Ramdev and his associates, who have claimed to ‘cure’ homosexuality and spreading hate and homophobia in society. “I can give a solution to homosexuality,” he sticks to his prejudiced mindset.

The episode further interviewed 6 pack band and a trans-man with his wife.

Having explored India’s lgbt culture, quite emotional and hopeful Ellen Page said, “In Indian philosophy, one of the four aims of life is moksha…Spiritual liberation…The transcendent state attained by finding your inner wisdom, your true essence stripped of societal expectations. India’s culture is rooted in traditions and rituals that hold a spirit of acceptance and a celebration of diversity.We often look outward to bring progress.But in the case of India, progress may come from looking within, to the wisdom their philosophies already hold.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men Could Have Babies With Each Other in Near Future!!

A shocking result from a new research says gay couples might have babies through fusing the sperm with skin cells. As such, it could lead the way to human reproduction that completely cuts the female part of the process.

In an experiment on mice, it was possible to produce healthy offspring this way. The scientists produced 30 mouse pups with a high success rate.

The stunning result could mean that it would be possible to fuse sperm with ordinary cells like skin or other tissue to produce babies.

The experiment used “parthenogenote” mouse embryos that were created by scientists. Parthenogenotes are similar to other ordinary cells, like skin cells. Both are mitotic, and if living offspring can be produced from one then it should be possible to create them from the other using the same technique.

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Perry said, “Will we be able to do that? I don’t know. But I think, if it is ever possible, one day in the distant future people will look back and say this is where it started.”

 

A silent movie based on gay cruising in the Mumbai local trains.




India’s first silent LGBT film, titled SISAK, is a love story between two men in the compartment of a Mumbai local trains.

“You [the government] have literally pulled the tongues out of our mouth,”says Filmmaker Faraz Arif Ansari,“That’s why it’s a silent film. It’s about two people who want to be together, but they can’t be because of your stupid laws.” The film is named Sisak, which in Urdu refers to the cry that’s stuck within your chest.

The movie is based on that whole world of cruising in Mumbai locals that no one talks about. It’s about men who are lonely and looking for love. It’s silent but beautiful and sensual.

Ansari felt compelled to tell the world this story. It’s that celebration of love in its purest form, that special feeling when you make eye contact with a stranger. Ansari says, “We contaminate it by putting labels like boyfriend, girlfriend, husband and lover.”

The 36-year-old Jitin Gulati plays a hot-shot corporate leader who doesn’t need to take the train, but only does it to feel that daily intimacy with a fellow man. He is having all the success in the world, but there is a hidden pain of loneliness in his heart.

His love interest is a young boy, someone not as sharply dressed or successful. Played by Dhruv Singhal, a 21 year old student.

Ansari hopes to take the film to every corner of the world to highlight the struggle of the Indian homosexual community.

We want this movie to be released first in Indian theatres before going to any foreign countries. Sisak ’s release date is not finalized. 

Cast and crew:

Jitin Gulati (previously seen in AMEN)

Dhruv Singhal ( 21 yr old Mass media student)

Pritam Das ( Band Baaja Baaraat and Fan ) as sound designer

Saurabh Goswami ( Ek Thi Dayaan ) as director of photography.

This Bollywood Song Calls For Freedom of Love in a Bold and Beautiful Way!

This Song from movie ‘Befikre’ portrays love between gay and lesbian couples. Two men are shown kissing with quotes ‘A kiss of Freedom’. We like their message that ‘love is beyond gender, race or age’ and ‘every love story begins with a kiss’.The song, composed by Vishal Shekhar, sung by Papon, written by Jaideep Sahni and produced by Mikey McCleary.

Kisses apart, the Befikre song Labon Ka Karobaar is good to listen. It would be more delightful to see of the the actors performing were Indian!

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Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury: A Tribute to the Indian Gay Rockstar!

Born 5 September 1946, globally acclaimed singer Freddie Mercury spent most of his childhood and teenage in India. Mercury was voted best male singer of all time by Blender, MTV2 and Classic Rock. His parents, hailed from Valsad district in Gujarat.

Freddie shared a long-term relationship with his boyfriend, Jim Hutton.

Originally, Freddie was named Farrokh Bulsara. The family surname is derived from the town of Bulsar (now known as Valsad) in southern Gujarat. He also had a younger sister, Kashmira. He began taking piano lessons at the age of seven in his School in Panchgani near Mumbai. One of his musical inspiration at the time was Lata Mangeshkar. At the age of 12, he formed a school band, called ‘hectics’.

Here are a few pics from his childhood and with his family!

Friends recall his habit of calling other boys, “darling”, his lifelong habit. He realized he was gay when he was in his 30s, when he confessed to Mary Austin, his long-time female friend, that he might be bi-sexual. “No Freddie,” she told him, “You’re not bi-sexual, you’re gay.” It was a turning point in his life. Mary Austin recalls, “Once Freddie understood he was gay, he became one with himself, for the first time.”

In mid 60’s, he migrated to England, forming the band ‘Queen’ in 1970 with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Mercury was prosthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Mercury wrote and composed numerous hits for Queen (including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now”). Bohemian Rhapsody was listed as the greatest song of all time by the Guinness Book of Records.

In 1970s, the singer had begun an affair with a male American executive and Radio DJ Kenny Everett. By 1985, he began another long-term relationship with hairdresser Jim Hutton (1949–2010). Hutton lived with Mercury for the last six years of his life, nursed him during his illness and was present at his bedside when he died. Hutton said Mercury died wearing the wedding band that Hutton had given him.

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Anil Kapoor Buys Rights For ‘Modern Family’: Says Indian Audience is Ready For Gay Romance!

The actor has brought the rights for popular international sitcom ‘Modern Family’, and also working on some good original content.

With an exclusive Facebook live chat with TOI, the handsome actor, Anil Kapoor, “TV is no doubt the future. Audience will see content on laptops and mobile phones and it will be a fantastic experience. There are so many new platforms now – Netflix, Amazon, Voot, Hotstar, they all will need content some time.”

When TOI asked if Indian audience is ready for gay romance like in ‘Modern Family’, Anil said “Absolutely! This is part of the society, this is real, we need to respect people. People have started accepting the realities. Every story is a reflection of the society”.

Great job, Sir! We hope Indian version of ‘Modern Family’ premiers soon and brings some positive change in Indian society!

 

Inspired by Fawad Khan, Ranbir Kapoor Now Desires to Play a Gay Role!

Ranbir Kapoor confessed he would love to play a homosexual if given the opportunity.

In an interview with director Raja Sen for Vogue India’s September 2016 issue, Ranbir spoke about both his personal and professional life.

Ranbir Kapoor revealed that he is open to playing a homosexual role on camera because of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan’s role in Kapoor and Sons.

When the actor was asked about playing a homosexual role on screen, he responded:

 “Earlier, i might have turned it down. But now, Fawad has opened the door and it’s easy for us to walk through it.”

Bollywood’s most popular actor is willing to play gay role. No doubt that Bollywood is finally changing…!!  Also now we can anticipate a gay love story with Ranbir and Fawad as lead roles!!