‘Evening Shadows’ gets U/A certificate by Censor Board!

The movie will have its world premiere in Australia on the 25 February, as part of Sydney Mardi Gras. A European premiere takes place at the Roze Fildagen film festival in Amsterdam on 10 March.

Director of Evening Shadows says he and his team are ‘thrilled’ by the decision

Evening Shadows centers on a young man in Southern India coming out to his mother. It has received a U/A rating from the CBFC film board in Mumbai.

Regarding its release in India, Rangayan says, ‘We are speaking to distributors right now, but the financial commitments needed for a theatrical release pose a huge challenge for an independent crowdfunded film. However there is a good healthy buzz about the film and we are sure that will interest the distributors. We are really keen for the film to get a satellite distribution and this U/A certification can make it a possibility.’

‘It opens new doors for us. It offers the film a chance to reach out to a larger mainstream audience through a theatrical release and a satellite release. Our main aim when we made the film was not only to reach out to the LGBTQ community, but also mainly to parents and families in small towns. This U/A certification is a boon for the film.’

CAST:

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan as father, Mona Ambegaonkar as mother, Arpit Chaudhary as Aman, Devansh Doshi as Kartik.

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SRIDHAR RANGAYAN -MAKER OF THE FILM

Rangayan says the censor board members who watched Evening Shadows felt it depicted the dilemmas of the mother with empathy. They also said the film doesn’t resort to using gay stereotypes.

At the moment, it has not secured a theatrical release in India but Rangayan hopes its film rating will help its chances. ‘We are trying and hoping for a mainstream theatrical release in India because that is the best way for the film to reach mass audiences, he told GSN,

Earlier films that Ranggayan has worked on – The Pink Mirror and Breaking Free – were released via Netflix.

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ARPIT CHAUDHARY AND DEVANSH JOSHI- EVENING SHADOWS

The film features a same-sex romance, but no sex scene.

‘The dramatic plotline didn’t have any space for sex scene. We wanted to talk about love between two men in the film and its acceptance, but yes it is clearly mentioned that the two men are in a sexual relationship.’

‘Our approach to the issues in the film has been gentle and sensitive. We want to start conversations, not be counter-reactive. A lot of hope is pinned on this film by the LGBTQ community and we hope we can make their dreams come true.’

You can watch a trailer for the film below.

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PADMAAVAT: Ranveer Singh and Jim Sarbh’s Queer Tale is a Milestone in Hindi Cinema.

It’s quite applaudable that a mainstream hero like Ranveer Singh played the queer character without any reluctance ( in an industry where actors reject roles of gay characters) and he will be praised forever for this landmark performance in Padmaavat. This was undoubtedly the best performance of his career. Singh was completely into it, enjoying his role and playing the the most aggressive villains ever. Bhansali has broken the stereotypes through his film and this is a major breakthrough in Hindi Cinema. The handsome Jim Sarbh deserves much more acclamation for his remarkable performance in movie Padmaavat.

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When Malik Kafur (played by Jim Sarbh) is revealed to Khilji, it’s love and lust at first sight. Bhansali doesn’t try to hide their special connection in Padmaavat.  He reveals it with bold gesture, including a scene with suggested oral sex between the two men.

 

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This love affair has also been documented in many books including Tarikh-e-Firozshahi. It is also believed that Khilji had about 50,000+ beardless boys in his harem at height of his empire. It is in the history books that Khilji had a soft corner for beardless boys. Malik Kafur’s beauty made him a slave for a 1000 dinars during the conquest for Gujrat. Kaful soon rose through the ranks and became a deputy ruler by enamoring Khilji. 

 

-admin@GayRightIndia

 

 

MGWI 2018: Elegance, Talent and Hotness!

Mr. Gay World India 2018 was recently organized at a Mumbai hotel. At first, out of 50 contestants, five finalists were selected. The process of selection included series of rounds like the photo shoot, written test, panel interview etc.

Kolkata’s Samarpan Maiti grabbed the title of Mr. Gay World India 2018 while Ashish Chopra from Nagpur secured the first runner-up title. Their story is an inspiration for millions of Indian gay men.

These are the top 5 aesthetic and sophisticated men of MGWI 2018.

1. Samarpan Maiti (Winner)

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SAMARPAN MAITI

 

2. Ashish Chopra

(1st Runner Up) Award for the talent round.

Miss World India 2006 , Ms. Natasha Suri who we all have watched and adored in Bollywood films as well as On Indian TV along with Ms. Rohini Ramnathan awarding Ashish Chopra with the Sub
Miss World India 2006 , Ms. Natasha Suri who we all have watched and adored in Bollywood films as well as On Indian TV along with Ms. Rohini Ramnathan awarding ASHISH CHOPRA with the Sub award for the talent round.
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ASHISH CHOPRA

3. Debendra Nath Sanyal

(2nd Runner Up) People’s Choice Award

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Mr. India 2005 Viraf Patel along with Ms. Rohini Ramnathan presenting Debendra Nath Sanyal with the people’s choice sub award.

 

4. Chirag Gosar

(3rd runner up)  Mr. Congeniality Award

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Ms. Diandra Soares and Mr. Sushant Divgikar along with Ms. Rohini Ramnathan awarding CHIRAG GOSHAR with the Mr. Congeniality sub award.
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CHIRAG GOSAR

5. Amitabh Das

(4th Runner up) Social media campaign challenge Award.

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Tv actress Twinkle Vashisht , Ms. Tourism India International 2018 Anjusha Bhattacharya and Ms. Rohini Ramnathan awarding AMITABH DAS with the Social media campaign challenge sub award.

 

The story and struggle witnessed by them is a source of an inspiration for many. Maiti who hails from a middle-class family is a senior researcher in cancer drug discovery from an institute in Kolkata. When he was 19 years old his father passed away after which one of his friends took over all his responsibility. He told media that he has always received strange reactions from the society because of his orientation. Maiti will now represent the country at the world stage in Mr. Gay world in South Africa this year.

Ashish Chopra currently working as a recruiter in Wipro also has a similar story. He came to terms about his orientation when he was in the first year of BBA in Symbiosis. The road was never smooth for the duo, both of them had to struggle hard to convince their family about their orientation.After winning the titles they are positive about the changes in the society and hopes that LGBTQ community will get their rights someday.

MGWI 2018 says: one needs to accept themselves as they are.

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IIT Bombay Engineer Marries Boyfriend in Maharashtra

A US-based Indian engineer, Hrishi Mohankumar Sathawane married his Vietnamese partner, Vinh, in his hometown in Maharastra’s Yavatmal in a traditional vedic wedding ceremony.

Hrishi Sathawane (40) who now lives in Fremont, California and Vinh, a Vietnamese, met in October 2016 through an online dating website and got engaged in April last year. Hrishi graduated from IIT-Powai in 1997 and is US green card holder.

Hrishi’s parents opposed him when he told them that he wanted to get married in Yavatmal. But he was firm and came to Yavatmal in the last week of December. He then booked a hotel for a get-together. An estimated 70-80 people including around 10 gay couples gathered there in the evening on December 30 for the marriage.

 

Talking about why he chose to get married in Yavatmal, he said, “I was born and brought up here. A lot of my friends are here. If I had a wedding in the US how would I have shared my happiness with them?”

“It’s simple, if two people fall in love, and they want to live their life together, without bothering anyone, I don’t see why should anybody have an objection to that,” Mr Sathawane.

Ancient Indians were open-minded, he added, and we have proof in the form of temple carvings and literature. “We need to claim our culture back,” he said.

Congratulations to the handsome couple!

Prince Manvendra Singh opens his palace to LGBT people

‘I want to give people social and financial empowerment, so eventually people who want to come out won’t be affected. They will have their own social security system,’ says prince.

Indian prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, who is the son and probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat, has opened up his 15-acre palace grounds to vulnerable LGBT people and is said to be constructing more buildings to house visitors. He will run the centre with his organisation The Lakshya Trust.

The royal, who was ostracised by his family after coming out publicly in 2006, started the community based organisation to support gay men and educate people about the prevention of HIV/Aids.

Speaking to the International Business Times, the prince said he was keen to empower people with the social security system they need to ensure they are not left with nothing if their families disown them after coming out.

“If I could undergo these problems then any other gay person could face a similar situation,” he said.

“In India, we have a family system and we are mentally conditioned to be with our parents. The moment you try to come out you are told you will be thrown out and society will boycott you. You become a social outcast. A lot of people are financially dependent on their parents.”

 “I want to give people social and financial empowerment, so eventually people who want to come out won’t be affected. They will have their own social security system. It won’t make a difference if they are disinherited.”

He has been the subject of BBC series Undercover Princes – a 2009 reality TV show which took three royals from their respective cultures and put them in Brighton where they were forced to “live and date”.

Prince Manvendra’s charity provides counselling, clinical services and support groups to thousands of men who have sex with men. Many of the men in question have yielded to cultural burdens to marry women despite their sexuality. The prince himself was forced into marriage in 1991 but has since said the relationship was “a total disaster”. It resulted in divorce the following year.

Prince Manvendra, who had a highly traditional and conservative upbringing, appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2007. He was one of three persons featured on the show titled “Gay Around the World”, saying he does not regret coming out and that he thinks the people living in his state admire him for the leading role he has taken in preventing and educating about HIV/Aids.

In August 2017, The Supreme Court declared freedom of sexual orientation a fundamental right which leads the way for decriminalizing homosexuality in India.

Supreme Court Agrees to Revisit Section 377

In June of 2016, some high-profile LGBT celebrities had petitioned the Supreme Court to quash section 377 , which criminalises homosexuality. In response to that, the Supreme Court has agreed to review Section 377 and referred the case to a larger Bench.

A five judge Bench is already considering a curative petition filed by Naz Foundation.

That petition was filed by chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and dancer N.S. Johar, who had  sought protection of their sexual rights on the ground that it is an integral part of the fundamental right to life.

The petition had said, “The petitioners are not seeking protection only as sexual minorities but recognition of characteristics that inhere to all human beings. A right to sexuality, sexual autonomy and freedom to choose a sexual partner forms the cornerstone of human dignity which is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution,”

The court noted the arguments of senior advocate Arvind Datar, who appeared for the petitioners, that Section 377 IPC is not a reasonable restriction on the fundamental right to choice.

Initially, the Bench seemed reluctant, because a five judge Bench is already considering a curative petition by Naz against 2013 verdict. Mr. Datar, however prevailed, saying while Naz is an NGO, he is representing petitioners. not the Naz foundation.

The three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra decided to revisit its December 2013 verdict.

The apex court said a section of people cannot live in fear of the law which atrophies their right to choice and natural sexual inclinations. It said societal morality changes with time and law should walk and change pace with life.

It added that “the determination of order of nature is not a common phenomenon. Individual autonomy and individual natural inclination cannot be atrophied unless the restrictions are determined as reasonable.”

The court observed that what is natural for one may not be natural for the other, but the confines of law cannot trample or curtail the inherent rights embedded with an individual under Article 21 (right to life) of the Constitution.

“Right to choose my partner is part of my fundamental right to privacy,” Mr. Datar submitted.

“But the privacy judgment says sexual partner means a natural partner,” Chief Justice Misra countered.

“Who my ‘natural’ partner should be is my choice,” Mr. Datar responded.

Chief Justice Misra then said Section 377 also criminalises beastiality. “What about carnal intercourse with animals?” the CJI asked.

“We are not on that part. Our petition is only about criminalising consensual sex between adults of the same sex,” Mr. Datar replied.

 

The relook comes months after some judges on a nine-judge Constitution Bench, which had held Right to Privacy as a fundamental right, denounced discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

 

 

 

Countries That Legalized Same-Sex Marriages in 2017 !

More than half of the countries in the world have legalised same-sex relationships. That is awesome. But there are some 74 countries (mostly undeveloped african and middle-eastern countries), where gays are considered criminals in some way. Unfortunately, we are one of them. And hopefully, we shall get away from this defamed list soon.

About 80 countries have legalised same-sex marriages too, (which is a far away reality for India despite being described as a ‘developing’ country). Undoubtedly, the world is moving much more progressively regarding freedom and equality.

This year, 6 countries legalised same- sex marriage.

1. Australia.

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Australia’s Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage on dec 7, after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate.

PM Turnbull Malcolm said, “This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect for everyone,” as he introduced the bill for a final vote. “This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian.”

He tweeted, “What a day for love, for equality, for respect. Australia has done it” – “Australia we are going to make marriage equality a reality in minutes”.

2. Austria.

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“The distinction between marriage and registered partnership cannot today be maintained without discriminating against same-sex couples,” the Austrian court wrote in its published opinion.

People living in same-sex partnerships have to disclose their sexual orientation even in situations in which it is not, and must not be, relevant and … are highly likely to be discriminated against,” the court wrote.

3. Taiwan.

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There the court said that lawmakers must either amend the current law or enact legislation to allow gay marriage within two years. If the law wasn’t amended within two years, same-sex couples would be allowed to marry immediately, it said.

“Persons eligible to marry shall have their freedom to marry, which includes the freedom to decide ‘whether to marry’ and ‘whom to marry,’” the court said. “Such decisional autonomy is vital to the sound development of personality and safeguarding of human dignity, and therefore is a fundamental right to be protected.”

4. Finland

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Finland’s same-sex couples can finally marry and adopt children, as the country’s marriage equality law came. into effect.

The new Finnish law expands existing same-sex unions that give couples the right to take each others surname and makes them eligible to adopt children, erasing the previous legal distinctions between same-sex partnerships and heterosexual marriages

5. Malta

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Lawmakers in Malta, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, voted to legalize same-sex marriage joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional “you are now husband and wife” declaration in civil ceremonies with “you are now spouses.”

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the vote, saying it showed that Maltese society had reached “an unprecedented level of maturity.”

“We live in a society where we can all say ‘we are equal,’” Mr. Muscat said as a celebration erupted outside his office. ( Did you read this, INDIA?)

6. Germany

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Germany’s parliament voted by a wide margin to legalize same-sex marriage.

“I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between the different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace,”  Chancellor Merkel said.The parliament voted in favor of same-sex marriage 393-226.

Gay marriages might be unlikely to happen soon in India But its high time for Indian authorities to amend section 377 and decriminalize gay relationships.

#Amend377
#Bring Justice In India

-Admin @GayIndia

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10th Delhi Pride Parade: A short gasp of breath in a choked environment

Thousands of people came together under a smoggy sky for the 10th annual Delhi Queer Pride on Sunday – a remarkable celebration for a community funded event that has thrived for a decade, attracting students, journalists, workers, professionals and academics.

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Smog-filled air in the Capital burst into a riot of colour as the Delhi Queer Pride made its way from Barakhamba Road to Parliament Street on Sunday. Hazardous air fails to dampen the spirit at the 10th edition of Delhi Queer Pride10

It’s a call for people to join it in the march against oppressive attacks and varied forms of discrimination visited upon LGBT community. Queer pride parades around the world are a colourful celebration of the LGBT identity and a demand for equal rights, and Delhi’s 10th annual queer pride parade was no different.

The 1 kilometer march took over two hours, with people carrying rainbow flags, balloons and signs that read “Love is Love,” “Strike down section 377,” and “Keep your laws off my body.” Participants danced to drum beats and raised “azadi” slogans, demanding freedom from homophobia, transphobia and discrimination.

“We cannot wait for the law to accept us because we will lose a lot of people by then, to  drug abuse and depression,” said a man at the parade. “You’re probably losing your son and daughter to them being homosexual and you being a homophobe. Educate yourself.” “We are expressing our right to live with dignity. The attitude of the society towards us has to change.”

The crowd sang, danced and celebrated as people from all walks of life, identifying with different sexual orientations and genders got together at Delhi’s Barakhamba metro station to march till Jantar Mantar.

Our list of demands include:

  • Hate crime legislation that conceptualises all forms of anti-minority violence as specifically punishable offences.
  • Comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and social accountability for discrimination on the basis of gender, class, caste, religion, ability, race, tribe, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
  • Effective implementation of the provisions of the Supreme Court judgment in NALSA vs Union of India and serious revisions to the currently draconian form of the trans rights bill according to inputs and suggestions by the community.
  • Read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, repeal Karnataka Police Act 36 A and Hyderabad Eunuch Act, anti-beggary, anti-Hijra laws, sedition laws, UAPA and AFSPA, and remove the marital rape exception from rape laws which should offer redressal to all victims/survivors of sexual assault irrespective of gender.

Johnson, a Chennai-based activist, who was in Delhi to attend his first pride parade said, “This is like coming out for us. We are expressing our right to live with dignity. The attitude of the society towards us has to change.”

“We’re fighting for the right of everybody in this country to live as an equal citizen, which means that everybody should be able to live their life the way they want to,”

A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court in August ruled that the right to privacy is a fundamental right, that it is intrinsic to life and liberty and comes under Article 21 of the constitution. While the judgment will have far reaching implications on a range of government policies and actions, it will also impact the status of existing laws to the extent to which they violate a citizen’s right to privacy – a fundamental right as per the court’s landmark ruling.

A revolutionary judgement which shall lead to the legalization of homosexuality in India. 

Supreme Court declaring the right of privacy a fundamental right, said in the judgment: “Privacy includes at its core the preservation of personal intimacies, the sanctity of family life, marriage, procreation, the home and sexual orientation…”

The nine judge bench headed by CJI JS Khehar said the rights of LGBT persons were not a charity. “Their rights are not ‘so called’ but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine. They inhere in the right to life. They dwell in privacy and dignity. They constitute the essence of liberty and freedom. Sexual orientation is an essential component of identity,” the judgment said.

The privacy judgment recognised and respected the sexual preference and orientation of the LGBT community. Justice Chandrachud said on behalf of the bench, “That a minuscule fraction of the country’s population constitutes LGBTs is not a sustainable basis to deny the right to privacy.

‘Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual’

“The purpose of elevating certain rights to the stature of guaranteed fundamental rights is to insulate their exercise from the disdain of majorities…. The test of popular acceptance does not furnish a valid basis to disregard rights which are conferred with the sanctity of constitutional protection.”

“Discrete and insular minorities face grave dangers of discrimination for the simple reason that their views, beliefs or way of life does not accord with the mainstream. Yet in a democratic Constitution… their rights are as sacred as those conferred on other citizens.

The bench said the Delhi High Court had “erroneously relied upon international precedents in its anxiety to protect the so-called rights of LGBT persons”. The rights of gay and LGBT population “cannot be construed to be ‘so-called rights’, the court said, adding their rights are not “so-called” but real rights under the Constitution.

Stopping short of setting aside the 2013 judgment that criminalises homosexuality, the SC said, “Since the challenge to Section 377 is pending consideration before a larger bench of this court, we would leave the constitutional validity to be decided in an appropriate proceeding.”

Justice A.P. Shah, who had read down Section 377 of the IPC in 2009,  has said that after the Supreme Court’s order on the fundamental right to privacy, there is “very little scope” to defend 377. He said, “I personally feel that there is a strong possibility that the Constitution bench examining the curative petition is bound to go by what the Supreme Court said in course of its judgment on Thursday. There is very little scope now for those wanting to support Section 377.”

 

 

Right to Privacy: SC Indicates it May Re-look Homosexuality Judgment

The debate surrounding the right to privacy took an interesting turn on Wednesday with the Supreme Court indicating that its judgment against homosexuality may get reopened if privacy is assigned the status of a fundamental right.

A nine-judge bench, led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, observed that sexual orientation was a matter of privacy and if the court were to hold privacy as a fundamental right, then the 2013 judgment against homosexuality would be susceptible to a fresh legal challenge.

“Marriage, procreation are facets of privacy… sexual orientation is also about privacy. If we say there is a fundamental right to privacy, our judgment in Naz Foundation becomes vulnerable,” observed the judges.

If the nine-judge bench elevates the status of the right to privacy, the ruling will come handy for Naz Foundation, which has asserted that private acts of consensual sex between consenting adults in private could not be criminalized by sanction of law.

Further, an authoritative ruling by the nine-judge bench will bind the smaller benches and therefore, the bench hearing the curative petition in Naz Foundation case would have to adhere to the principles evolved by the larger bench.