My Email to the Homophobic Health Minister, Ghulam Azad

I think I just got banned from India too.

Note of caution: Homophobia in India is mostly a relic of British colonial rule. We wrote the Kama Sutra, which is full of queer portrayals of sex. Hijras — what is seen as India’s third gender — are considered auspicious for many occasions. The last thing I want or need to see is a bunch of Westerners touting their exceptional “progress” in institutionalizing gay rights at the expense of “Third World” backwardness on the issue. Seriously, don’t let me see this.

I’m left wondering what part of the gay non-profit industrial complex is going to build its email list from the Azad homophobia first.

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