Citizens for Justice and Peace

LGBT kin share stories of pride and prejudice

16, Aug 2015

Siblings, Bosses, Teachers Attend Acceptance Meet
It was the second edition of the Acceptance Meet on Saturday , an initia tive of Yaariyan the youth wing of the Humsafar Trust to bring together family , friends, teachers and bosses of those from the LGBT community . And `acceptance’ couldn’t get more bold with a chapter on alternative sexuality unfolding within the walls of a Christian hospital in Bandra.
One of the first to break ice was Bablu who walked up flexing his tattooed biceps and running his fingers through his crew-cut hair. “I wasn’t always like this. I was actually born female,“ he smiled. But today it wasn’t about Bablu, a trans-man. Instead, the spot light was on his roommates, Ajay and Sujit ready to come out as Bablu’s “straight supporters“.
“I was never scared when Bablu first told me. We had a detailed discussion,“ said Ajay .“And I support what one naturally feels than what people try to force them to believe,“ adds Sujit. Yet they do face a challenge. “Bablu has more girlfriends than us!“ they laughed.
The gay community is far more visible compared to even five years ago. Immediate circles, especially friends and family , seem more tolerant as opposed to times when the rainbow flag expressed collective defiance of disapproving families and laws that made being lesbian, gay , bisexual or transgender a shameful thing.


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