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