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Paving The Way To Help The Nation Accept The LGBT Lifestyle

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Coming out as a homosexual at only 13, Priyank Asha Sukanand calls himself an ‘early bloomer’. He later walked his first gay pride in 2008 with the help of his dear friend who he met in theatre, Palavi Chander. Priyank later joined a LGBT support group and eventually founded a youth support group in 2011, Queer Campus and later co-founded ‘Queer collective India’ (QCI). QCI aims at bridging the gap between the Queer Community and the society through the use of media art and entertainment. The organization has involved themselves with many campaigns that have helped the LGBT community progress a little in this nation. That has not yet fully accepted the idea of homosexuality.

Amongst most new social circles I make it a point to come out immediately or slip it into the conversation. It’s like an announcement that has to be made to make myself feel relieved that I’m out, I’m proud and now I don’t have to worry about hiding my sexuality.”




Challenging the stereotypes

However, Priyank says that he hasn’t come across a homophobe in four years. The youth have somewhat been acceptant of the LGBT community and the activist says, “Amongst most new social circles I make it a point to come out immediately or slip it into the conversation. It’s like an announcement that has to be made to make myself feel relieved that I’m out, I’m proud and now I don’t have to worry about hiding my sexuality.” He believes that there are a lot of stereotypes that’s associated with being homosexual and he says that he loves challenging these stereotypes.

“Hijira” is a compliment to my ears and a blessing to my heart.”

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Stereotypical comments

He says that the most troublesome stereotype is that related to sports. People believe that gay people don’t play sports. Although Priyank doesn’t play sports himself, he has several friends who do. One of the common comments that he gets is ‘Hijira’. The proud gay man doesn’t look at it as an insult however, and says, “Hijira” is a compliment to my ears and a blessing to my heart.” He deals with homophobes by taking it up as a challenge and talking to them about preferences. He says, one’s sexuality is a personal preference and but he would always remain the same as a person.

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