The Times Of India is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the latest of these is an article titled, I am Indian but I am straight.
This is from an article in the Times Of Indian magazine.
The article’s title says it all: “I am Indian, and I am an Indian woman, and so am the country.”
Read moreIt’s a powerful statement, one that I’m sure most people would agree with.
In a country like India, where the gay community is so often denied, and people are frequently harassed and even killed in the name of “sodomy”, it’s not unusual to hear stories of men being shot, beaten, beaten up or even raped by men who are straight, or even, if that’s not enough, killed by straight people who are “offended” at them for being gay.
And yet, for some people, even when they’re straight, it’s still a taboo subject.
So, how does it feel to be a straight Indian woman in 2017?
Read moreThe article itself is just an excerpt from a bigger story on the topic, “I Am Indian but …
I Am Straight”, which is featured in the magazine’s online edition.
But it’s just as relevant in 2017 as it was in 1990, when the same article was published.
While we can’t tell you the full story of how these stories are written, the gist of the story is this: a man who was dating his same-sex partner, was found dead in his apartment with a bullet in his head, and was believed to be the victim of a homophobic hate crime.
The police, and later the district magistrate, didn’t even suspect it was a hate crime until months later.
This man, who was identified only as Raju, was a very visible and prominent figure in the Indian gay community, and in the gay rights movement.
It was only when he died in the year 2017 that he was recognised as an Indian gay, and it was only after he was publicly identified that he became a victim of homophobic hate crimes in the country.
This is a story that we have to remember, that we all have to live with, and that we should never let the fact that we are different stop us from being who we are.Read more