First up let me say that I am all for gay rights. In fact, I believe that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry and adopt children (or have them through surrogacy) and the fact that Hyderabad celebrated its first ever Queer Pride parade is truly something to rejoice. Now I have nothing against the transgender community, but unfortunately they are so far behind in their quest for equality that they will hamstring our nascent gay rights movement.
The gay and lesbian equality movement is at a cusp; it not only has to deal with an increasingly myopic and conservative middle class, but it also has to hurdle the barriers of religious dogma so deeply entrenched in the ‘Indian’ culture: so the decisions it makes now are paramount. It will be years before those screen icons and sportstars who have locked themselves in the closet deign to emerge, and the community can expect only token support from them for now.
The business community couldn’t give two hoots, and politicians have their heads so far up their nether regions that unless someone declared the community a vote bank they wouldn’t lift a finger to help. While the transgender community deserves equality, it will be an albatross (for no fault of its own) round the necks of gays and lesbians, and it must be cut loose. As for bisexuals, I’m with Woody Allen, it merely doubles your chances of getting a date on a Saturday night. In India it’s time LGBT lost the B and T, for its own sake.