A Brief Timeline of The Indian LGBT Community's Fight For Freedom - Homegrown

A Brief Timeline of The Indian LGBT Community's Fight For Freedom

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin
As a sheltered part of a more alternative urban community in Mumbai, i've been exposed to enough homosexual people to find absolutely nothing anomalous about it. As a more aware member of society, i'm not gullible enough to imagine that the rest of the country feels the same way about these so-called 'wayward members of our society.' We've fought for equality and justice within so many different facets of our culture--constantly lost in an oscillation between modernity and age-old customs--but it wouldn't be incorrect to say that the LGBT cause isn't a particularly fashionable one. Gay pride parades are few and far between, most families here still have difficulties coming to terms with it, and aside from a few exclusively better off urban areas, most young Indians simply aren't comfortable with the idea of coming out of the closet.
Still, things have begun to take a progressive turn over the last decade. Just two days ago, Surat had their first ever gay pride parade and over a 100 people showed up. As slow-burning as this path to equality may seem, over the last decade, there have been more than a few such landmark moments that will go down in history for having played their path in this fight for freedom. There's still a long way to go, however, acquainting ourselves with a story untold is always a good place to start.
This timeline-formatted info graphic is a brief but well-summarised encapsulation of that story. We did our homework and eventually came to the consensus that it needed to be every bit as colourful as the community it was representing.
[Note to readers--If you have information which you feel deserves to be featured in this timeline, please write about it in the comment section below.] Infographic Research: Karthik Keramalu Infographic Design: Mudit Ganguly Words: Mandovi Menon

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