India’s ‘Mr Gay World’ Representative Disappears

wpid-gay-pageant-entrant_0_0India’s entrant to the Mr Gay World competition has reportedly gone into hiding with his family.

28-year-old Thahir Mohammed Sayyed was set to represent the country at the Mr Gay World 2015 contest in Knysna, South Africa.

However, after news of his participation broke, he has disappeared along with his family – after allegedly being ostracised by their local community.

India’s Supreme Court put the country’s colonial-era law criminalising sodomy back into force in December 2013, and the country’s LGBT community have reported renewed anti-gay stigma.

According to DNA India, Mr. Sayyed’s family was not at their home in Kerala, and could not be reached. Continue reading

What The Married Gay Indian Had To Say About His Marriage And Sexuality

tumblr_l9h83lvd201qb2w12o1_1280An unnamed 37-year-old Indian man writes speaks out in an essay titled “My Wife Is Friends With My Boyfriend: A Gay Man On His ‘Situation’”, and published by the Hindustan Times. He shares an honest account of what it is like to be in his situation. Read below.

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I hail from a small district in Rajasthan. I am not sure when I realised I was gay, but I was only four or five when I fell in love with a boy from my area. We would play a game, in which I would be the husband, and he would be my wife. I would wait outside his house for hours to see him. I wanted to kiss him, and be kissed by him. We would sing songs for each other. This went on till I was 10. That’s when he got married.

Back then, child marriage was common in my family, as well as in the area we lived in. Soon, my friends also started getting married. Since my lover had already been married off, I, too, got married to a girl when I was 11. At that time, I did not know that there are other people like me. I did not understand the implications and responsibilities that come with marriage.  Continue reading