India’s Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future. LGBT people have increased access to health services and social online dating ernakulam. Throughout Hindu and Vedic texts there are many descriptions of saints, demigods, and even the Supreme Lord transcending gender norms and manifesting multiple combinations of sex and gender. Hindu society had a clear cut idea of all these people in the past.
LGBT’, there is lot more confusion and other identities have got hidden. Khush-list, the first mailing list for LGBT South Asians, predominantly Indians in metropolitan cities and those living abroad, was established in 1993. In 1999, LGBT-India was established on egroups, and later transitioned to yahoogroups. On September 11, 2013, India’s first Queer Radio channel, Qradio – Out and Proud, completely dedicated to LGBT audience was launched .
With variety of talk shows, music, debates etc. Though Bollywood has gay and transsexual characters, they have been primarily ridiculed or abused. There are few positive portrayals of late like Onir’s My Brother Nikhil, Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Recently, Bollywood has portrayed homosexual relationships in a better light, such as in Dostana and Men Not Allowed. Actors of Indian descent have played homosexual roles in foreign movies.
In 2010, a Tamil film Goa, dealt with gay couples, their love and romance. It was the first Tamil film to portray same-sex love. In Kapoor and Sons since 1921, character portrayed by Fawad Khan was gay. Indian television has also begun to depict gay characters. In 2011, the popular soap opera “Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak?
Many contemporary Bollywood films, such as Kal Ho Naa Ho, Dostana, Kapoor And Sons, and Alligarh, to name a few, either have homosexual characters or portrayals of homosexual relationships. In recent movies, there has been a move away from the portrayal of homosexuality in a satirical and comedic way, and instead showing a more sensitive, and empathic representation of the struggles that the community has to face. Aligarh and Kapoor And Sons are two of the more recent blockbuster Bollywood movies, both released in 2016, that have made an impact on the portrayal of homosexuality in Indian media. The movie Aligarh, based on a true story, looks at the life of Ramchandra Siras, an Indian author, linguist, and professor at Aligarh Muslim University. Two months earlier, on February 8, a video was released of Siras having same-sex relations with another man.
The video was taken forcefully by people who broke into the professor’s house. The release of Aligarh was very controversial, especially due to the status of homosexuality in India. Actor Manoj Bajpayee, who plays the main role of Ramchandra Siras, received the Filmfare Critics Award for best actor for his role in the movie. Writer of the film, Apurva Asrani, stated that this was a win for India’s LGBTQ community.
The movie exemplifies the troubles that the LGBTQ community in India has to face due to the existence of S377, which is the law that criminalizes homosexuality. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is one way through which film is urging for change in the way that the Indian community views homosexuality. The festival includes films from around the world, including Indian queer films. Bangalore Queer Film Festival, is another film festival that has been running since 2008.