Groom wanted: India's first gay matrimonial advertisement

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published May 21, 2015, 12:31 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 3:30 am IST
Homosexuality is essentially considered a crime in India
Harish Iyer during a gay pride march (Photo Credit: Twitter)
 Harish Iyer during a gay pride march (Photo Credit: Twitter)
 
Indian parents are always on the look out to get their children married and Padma Iyer is no diffrent. The mother simply wanted to find a desirable spouse for her son Harish Iyer, but it turned out to be a daunting task. 
 
But three of the four publications the Iyers approached, refused to run the advertisement, according to Mr. Iyer. The ad read: “Seeking 25-40, well-placed, animal loving vegetarian groom, for my son (36, 5’11) who works with an NGO. Caste no bar. (Though Iyer Preferred).”
 
Iyer,was looking for a husband for her son who is 36 eyars of age and one of India's well known gay actvists. Many leading newspapers of the country refused to publish the ad given by Harish's mother. However, everywhere the Iyers faced rejection. Finally, they saw a ray of hope when Mid Day agreed to put up the ad. 
 
According to Buzzfeed, Mid Day editor Sachin Kalbag wrote, " A marriage is a meeting of minds, of souls. At mid-day, we believe that human rights should be applicable to all, regardless of religion, caste, colour, sexual orientation, etc.
 
Therefore, a mother seeking a union for her gay son is perfectly normal. Why should it be any different? In fact, why should we even be talking about it? In an equal society, which we all strive for, this should be routine." 
 
Homosexuality is essentially a crime in India. Although Article 377 (Law against sexual acts against the order of nature) was repealed by a court in 2009, it was reinstated, much to the dismay of LGBT supporters, in 2011.
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