It is a time of anticipation and fervour in Hyderabad, the City has finally woken up and the buzz in the town is that the queers are here.
For all those who are still unaware, the City is bustling with activities that are creating awareness about the LGBT community.
From organising gender identity workshops to hosting a performance of hijra monologue, the City is now ready to embrace its new and improved avatar.
Adhering to the clichéd adage of ‘better late than never’, the LGBT community has slowly started to create ripples in the society by making their voices heard. The US Consulate is one of the many organisations in the City which have shown their open support to the LGBT communities in the city.
Partnering with Wajood, an LGBT organisation in the City, the US consulate is holding the Rainbow Film Festival at the Annapurna International School of Film and Media at Banjara Hills, Road No 2.
The film screening is slated to be on July 27 and July 28. The four movies Prayers for Bobby, Milk, Stonewall Uprising and Boys Don’t Cry will be screened over two days at Annapurna Studios. All the four movies are LGBT-themed and are based on true stories.
Speaking about the movie screening, Elizabeth Jones, assistant public affairs officer, US Consulate, said that these were not just any gay-themed movies but covered a wide spectrum of issues affecting the LGBT community worldwide.
She felt that the movies were all from the west, but were sure to strike a chord not only with people who identified themselves as gay but also their allies, friends and family.
Jayati Mathur and Vishal Jaiswal from Wajood, said that for many people who turn up at such events, it is their first interaction with anyone from the gay community and for others it helps them get one step closer to coming out of the closet.
Most people in the city feel that homosexuality is a disease and others feel that there is no one from the LGBT community in Hyderabad and this sentiment is echoed by many corporates who fail to have a diversity policy in their company.
Smruthi Narayan and her partner came out of the closet a couple of years ago.
She spoke from her personal experience and said that two years ago she was not aware of any LGBT organisation in the City and understands the need for such events which reach out to people and let them know that we exist.