10/06/2016 4:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

21 Queer Indians Recall The Exact Moment They Came Out To Their Parents


For members from the LGBTQ community, coming out can prove a challenging experience. It can prove even more testing in India, a country that still outlaws same gender sex. Moreover, despite the increasing levels of awareness about sexual preferences in the country, there are thousands upon thousands of parents who still cannot grasp the concept of same-sex love. That only adds to the fear of acceptance.

With the help of gender activist Rōmal Lāisram (who has also shared his experience here), we spoke with 21 Indians who decided they could not hide their true selves from their parents any more, choosing to live honestly even if they had to live alone. They have shared their parents reactions after coming out to them, and their stories range from happy acceptances to heart-breaking abandonment.

Regardless, they stand true to themselves and proud of their choices. We hope this inspires others and gives them the courage to come out. More than that, we hope that this inspires parents, families and friends of LGBTQ people to accept them lovingly. Leave your comments in the section below if you’d like to share your story. Or, write in to us.

Here are 21 Indians revealing their parents' reactions when they decided to come out of the closet.

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