Mumbai celebrates International Coming Out Day

In December 2013, the Supreme Court referred to them as a miniscule minority. On Saturday, the members of the LGBTQ community came together to welcome new members who came out of the closet on the eve of International Coming Out Day, at Bandra’s Carter Road. 


The gathering at Carter Road

It was an emotional gathering, and no one who came out of the closet believed that they were coming out for the society, but for themselves. They kept a closet at the promenade, and they broke it as a sign of breaking out of the closet.

Parween Sharma, who was part of the gathering, said, “I need to come out of the closet, so questions about my marriage stop. I don’t want to act — I just want to be gay.” Nirati Majumdar, who was at Carter Road, too, said, “I came out to my parents earlier this year and it relieves me that I broke out of the closet.”

Voices

Ayaan Marc
I wanted to show everybody what I am. I am gay and I am happy about it.

Ronald R
I am not an animal seeking acceptance. I want to be treated as an equal in life.

Kanishka Chaudhary
At workplace, when people ask me how my love life is going, I keep mum. By coming out, I am expressing myself. Others have the option to like it or not. I don’t care anymore.

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