Being an Indian man of colour wearing a turban, I faced, and still do, a lot or racism and stereotypes within the gay community. I would also get asked questions like “Can Sikhs be gay?” or “Are you allowed to be gay?”
Gaylaxy sat down with Devdutt to talk about how Hinduism views queer people and sexuality. We also spoke to him about his books Shikhandi - And Other Queer Tales they Don't Tell You and I am Divine So Are You.
The religious and political leaders of the world need to send a strong message that homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia and human rights abuses against sexual and gender minorities will not be tolerated.
Most of these gurus do oppose the criminalising of homosexuality, and so appear to be modern. However, they do see homosexuality as a deviance (or its Sanskrit equivalent), or a 'fluidity' that needs explanation, management and re-alignment