Founder of Lakshya Trust and India’s only openly gay prince, Manvendrasinh Gohil, too was a part of the celebration that burst after the Supreme Court announced its historic verdict decriminalising gay sex.
"Many of my friends suffered the consequences of 377. Blackmail and extortion from the police and threats from aggressive people who decide to take policing on themselves was a way of life," says Anand Vasudevan.
According to a recent report of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), there are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence.
Like the Rajasthani storytelling box, Kavad, that opens out in colourful panels, each revealing a narrative of its own, Nina Sabnani’s Home unfolds in interactive segments to introduce children to ideas of home, family and belonging.
Samarpan Maiti, the IIT Kharagpur alumni, who won the second runner-up in Mr Gay World 2018 dreams of a day when there wouldn't be any need for terms such as "straight" to define identity and when people would have tolerance to accept diversity.