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Advisory: On July 2, 2009, the Delhi High Court overturned a 148-year-old British colonial law proscribing homosexual intercourse as "carnal intercourse against the order of nature."|
The court stated, "Indian constitutional law does not permit the statutory criminal law to be held captive by the popular misconceptions of who the LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) are. It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is antithesis of equality and that it is the recognition of equality which will foster the dignity of every individual."
In Dec, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court, in a mockery of justice, reinstated the 1861 British colonial law criminalizing sex between consenting adults of the same gender. With this defenseless, cowardly and shameful decision, more than 130 million Indians were instantly turned into criminals and the Indian constitution blackened.
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India has an historic homosexual tradition. Surviving texts from as early as the 1500s mention the subject and sacred imagery depicts same-sex interaction between women. Both Muslim Nawabs and wealthy Hindus were recorded as having harems of young males. Tantric rituals are also known to have included homosexual acts. Transgender kothis and hijras have widespread, if ambivalent, visibility in many local communities.
India's newly emerging LGBT communities, along with its variegated sexual behaviors that defy easy categorization, provide substantiation of the diversity of human sexuality; a diversity that is more visible than ever as the social freedoms sweeping through Asia erode irrelevant strictures of colonial laws and religious superstition. Having only recently struck down it's anti-buggary laws and with very few positive openly LGBT role models, society is still largely uneducated about homosexuality and, partly because of having been criminalized for so many years, it is still shameful to be identified as gay. Gays are reluctant to be stereotyped in the public mind as being effeminate or transgender, and non-conformity is one of the biggest fears for self-identified LGBT. Most challenging to change will be the unique relationship between Indian sons and mothers. Women largely secure their social status by raising their sons to be gods - gods who worship their mothers. While daughters are farmed off to serve their husband's family, Mum is largely focused on getting her boy married. Once married, he has only to produce a male heir and then he is free to resume his natural inclinations. The pressure to please Mum is accute and most homosexuals in India will eventually succumb, whether they have any interest in the opposite sex or not. Thus, this karmic tragedy continues to repeat until the day mothers prioritize their gay sons' happiness or sons get the courage to just say "no." Yet there is hope. Rallying to their children's side during the 2012 Supreme Court review of the Delhi High Court's overturn of the buggery law, Indian television viewers got to hear some radical words from a large group of parent's who chastised opponents - "how dare you say the ruling is anti-family! We are the families."
Many men you meet, gay or not, will profess to be bisexual and easy hook-ups readily occur in urban public places such as bus/rail depots and facilities, gardens and parks, cinema balconys, etc. However, the emerging and educated middle class prefer using online services like PlanetRomeo, ManHunt and Grindr to arrange more discreet connections.
Being A Eunuch by Siddarth Narrain
The Law and Homosexuality in India by Sherry Joseph
Men in India message forum
India Gay Scene Updates message forum
Travel in India message forum
Why should homosexuality be a crime? an article from The Times of India
Additional links for India GLBT information.
- Bombay Dost
Influential and long-running GLBT magazine.
Queer Ink UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2013
A2 Riviera CHS, 15th Rd, Mumbai, +91 98-2173-0721, email. Lesbian-owned Queer Ink is India's independent publisher specializing in visualizing LGBTI India. Utopia Member Discount
- AIDS/HIV organizations and information
The Humsafar Trust
Serving the spectrum of MSM community in India since 1994. They take a holistic approach to the rights and health of sexual minorities and promote rational attitudes to sexuality.
Badlaav Samiti UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
101/B Radhakishan Complex, 10/1 Manoramaganj, Indore, +91 731-408-2403, email. Working for the MTH (MSM, transgender and hijra) community on HIV/AIDS, rights, legal support, social entitlement, and advocacy. All board members and staff are gay
Email. LBGT support group for Kerala State.
Pink Vibgyor UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2014|
411, 4/F Jainatower 1, Dist Centre Jankpuri, +91-11-2559-0701, 2559-0703, FAX +91-11-2561-1456, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly travel agents providing one-stop, tailor-made travel plans for travelers going to India, Nepal, Thailand, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Indian islands among many destinations. Holidays, unions, honeymoons. Utopia Member Discount
Comments from Utopians:
"My partner and I have just returned from our 3rd trip to India, all arranged and booked through the team at Pink Vibgyor. The whole trip was faultless and the professionalism provided by Pink Vibgyor was seamless. Everything was as planned; the guides, drivers and hotels provided were forever informative, professional, and understanding to our individual requirement. We have no hesitation in recommending Pink Vibgyor to other travelers." --
Neil S., Feb 11, 2014
GoPink.asia UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2013
Email. Gay-owned travel service offering unique guided vacations for gay men who enjoy tours with a gay flair. Exciting vacations of discovery and adventure to destinations in India, Nepal and other Asian countries. The philosophy of GoPink.asia is to unite gay men from different cultures and continents and immerse them in the individual culture of locations visited through various activities. Utopia Member Discount
Indjapink UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2014
B-91, 1st Floor Lajpat Nagar - I, New Delhi - 24, +91-11-4652-9883, +91-935-001-3934, email. Unique custom gay tours that are difficult to arrange and require extraordinary insider connections with remarkable local people. Open the door to gay way of life and deeper insight into the soul of Indian culture and gay India. Hand-picked accommodations in select destinations. Stay at a luxurious independent and boutique hotels, fully staffed for your comfort and convenience - the perfect mixture of authenticity, luxury and comfort. They arrange for travelers to have private vehicles, gay or gay-friendly guides, spa treatments, and a 24/7 ability to contact their staff. Be a part of some of the most exclusive gay parties in India. Also, fully serviced travel programs to India for physically challenged and seniors (these tours are open to the entire LGBT community). Utopia Member Discount
Leisure India Tours UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2013
204 (2/F) AXIS MALL, Bhagwan Das Rd, C-Scheme, +91 982-925-7777, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly inbound tour operator headed by a team of young, enthusiastic and professional experts. They seek to understand your needs and comforts when it comes to a tailor-made tour. Visiting the Indian subcontinent is about more than just going on vacation - it's about having an unforgettable life experience. Their private tours are carefully planned and custom-tailored to meet your needs so your trip is everything you imagined and more. They provide a wide range of travel services, from booking air tickets to suitable lodging arrangements, receiving and assistance at the airport and to transfers to/from your hotel/resort. Utopia Member Discount
Out Journeys UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2013
4B, II Floor, Mahalaxmi Square, Sector 12, Vasundhara, +91-99-1017-0694, email. Gay-owned, offering gay vacations and getaways designed by their dedicated team. Hand-selected and trained staff to support you before, during and after your trip. This includes everyone from the home office staff to the drivers, hotels, guides and tour guides. They espect personal space, so without being obtrusive they will ensure your safety and comfort. Attend LGBT get-togethers and parties and bars. Honeymooning? They love to surprise their guests in small ways. Try the best of spa tretements, shopping and private spiritual discourses. Head off the beaten path and see the India of your dreams. Utopia Member Discount
Pink Escapes UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2013|
Email, +91 999-000-3043. Gay-owned, straight-friendly luxury and bespoke travel planners. They will show you majestic India in style, with a well-rounded and unforgettable itinerary. Their insider connections offer enthralling opportunities to meet like-minded members from the local community, spend time with a talented selection of staff, experience great hospitality and get invited to private events that are not typically available to the everyday traveler. Putting together a Signature Dream Journey for you is their passion, whether you fancy a private break, desire a passionate surprise for your partner, bonding with friends, or traveling with your family. Ask them to design a wedding or vow renewal. Matchless care based on your personal interests and travel preferences. Utopia Member Discount
Comments from Utopians:
"Having traveled much of the world, I decided to make my way to the Indian subcontinent. I split my time between independent travel and with the expert guidance of Pink Escapes. 'Incredible India' was indeed an unforgettable experience; however with the inside point of view, notes on history, culture and general life provided by the Pink Escapes team, the enjoyment and memory created was tenfold while in their care." -- Michael H., Apr 2013
"I have recently returned from a tour of Gujurat under the auspices of Pink Escapes. I had toured Delhi with them two years earlier and was impressed enough with their expertise and knowledge that I hired them to both design a 20-day tour of the Gujurat area and accompany me. They designed a tour that gave me many fond memories and a real feeling for the area. This included lots of contact with the locals pursuing their crafts and a feel for the fascinating history of the area in the ruins of previous civililzations. Our driver was extremely professional and knowledgable which not only made travel very efficient but ensured that we saw and appreciated his home region - especially some areas that others might not know exist. The accomodation that was arranged felt close to the people and the cuisine was always fascinating in its variety and excellent in its preparation. To anyone who may be interested in exploring a part of India that perhaps the world hasn't discovered yet, I certainly recommend the Gujurat province of India and the Pink Escapes travel group." -- Ted S., Apr 5, 2013
Serene Journeys UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2014|
4/F Rectangle No. 1, Commercial Complex D4, Saket (behind Saket Sheraton Hotel), New Delhi, +91 987-142-5455, email. Gay-owned travel services inbound to India and outbound to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Southeast Asia. Programs are tailored to fit each traveler, right down to the amount of spice in your food. Their mission, whether creating a complete itinerary or making arrangements in a specific destination, is simple: to make sure their guests have the best possible travel experience customized to their lifestyle, interests, and budget.
Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
- Idgah Bus Stand facility
MSM frequent here from dusk onwards.
- Park in front of Fort Railway Station. Fairly busy. Hang around the entrance or follow guys down the main path that runs in between the two parks. UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2012
Ahmedabad / Karnavati (Gujarat) -- area code (91-79)
The population of Ahmedabad is over 7 million people (that's close to 300,000 Utopians).
- CCD Coffee Place
Ashram Rd (at the gas pump opposite Nehru Bridge). Hopping on Wed and Thu nights.
Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)
- Company Garden
After dusk at the inner circle.
Bangalore / Bengaluru (Karnataka)
Bareilley (Uttar Pradesh)
- Try the parks and bus stands.
- Barah Kaman, in and near the monument.
Calangute / Baga (Goa)
Click here for Calangute / Baga hotels and accommodations.
Baga Beach UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2011
Near the Andrew's and Lucky Star beach shacks. Favourite gay gathering point for sea and sunbathing. There is an active expat gay community here and lots of Indians, and it's easy to make friends and find companionship.
- Entire stretch of beach from Calangute to Baga, especially the section near Tito's. Evening and nights, particularly on Sat.
- Hysons Beach
Near Gaura Vaddo St. Head for Candolim Bardez. 100m on the left after the church in the middle of the road, take any road down to the beach. Best from8am-6pm. All ages.
Shivers UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2012
in a small side road opposite Kingfisher Villa which is between Candolim and Fort Aguada. Across from the new Newton's supermarket. Ask any taxi for the supermarket and look across the street on 2/F. Gay bar, sports bar and restaurant.
Chandigarh -- area code (91-172)
Chandigarh is the capital of two states: Punjab and Haryana. The population is over a million people (that's more than 40,000 Utopians).
- Down Under (mixed)
B/F SCO 196-97, Sector 17C, 272-3000, 272-3001. Located in the posh shopping area of Sector 17. Down Under is the downstairs bar of the large Hot Millions food complex. Western music. Menu offers Italian, TexMex and Indian food. Popular on weekend evenings. Mostly for lesbians, but gay men are very welcome. Warm and chatty, especially the owner.
Blue Ice (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2012
SCO 7, Sector 17E, 270-3338, 501-7966. A cruising spot with friendly barmen and tasty, light meals.
- Sector 17, evenings. Young crowd.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) -- area code (91-44)
The population of Chennai is over 7 million people (that's close to 300,000 Utopians).
Chennai Dost is the main gay group and they conduct many parties for different occasions. UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
Men Community Development Society (MCDS)
2618-4392, 5551-5742. Formed in 1992 with with technical support from the Indian Community Welfare Organisation, this NGO works with homosexuals to educate about sexually transmitted diseases and also addresses the violation of the rights of homosexuals.
Anna Nagar Tower, Near Anna Nagar Round Tana and Nageshwara Rao Park, in Luz Church Road. Mixed parks where a lot of lovers, couples, families and some gays visit. Gays are found in the darker places inside the parks.
Kannage Silai Beach, after 7pm. Near the swimming pool and along the "lovers" path. Gay will approach. Lots of college guys on Sun. Beware of cops after 9pm.
Koyambedu, local gays near facilities.
Marina Beach UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
As you face the beach, go left towards the stone embankment. The grove behind behind Anna Smadhi. Kannagi statue on the footpath next to the swimming pool. Panagal Park - the stretch between Labour statue until the Gandhi statue. On Sun, from 4-9:30pm, you can see dozens of gays sitting, chatting and cruising. There are several groups who regularly meet there and chat. Nothing explicit, just a meeting point. All ages and classes. No one will bother you unless you give them an open signal that you are interested. Just give a smile if you want to chat with someone.
Spencers Plaza 3rd phase near the Subway restaurant. Gays standing near the rails near the shop, opposite Arun
Ice Cream, Subway and Shree Mitai shop. Fri, Sat and Sun best from 4-7pm. Decent educated guys.
Gaiety Theater, ear Anna Statue, Mount Rd.
Kalaivanar Arangam, Wallajah Rd
Krishnaveni Theatre UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2013
Near the T. Nagar Bus stand. Last row and also facilties. Watch out for the staff who are not gay-friendly.
Lakshmi Theatre, 7pm show, especially Sat. UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2010
Motcham Theatre, Purasaiwakkam.
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
- Arts College Gate
- Delite Theater
Near the RV Hotel, the RR towers and opposite to it. There are Net shops in RR towers and gays standing outside to pick up partner as they chat online.
- Krishnaveni Theater. Best on Sat evenings at 6:30pm. Reported very active.
DELHI / NEW DELHI (National Capital Territory) -- area code (91-11)
- Gandhi Park
Near Ghantaghar/Paltan Bazaar, adjoining the Clock Tower (Ghantaghar) on Rajpura Rd. Lots of MSM throughout the day. Cruisy after dusk. Be discreet. Cops patrol. Go elsewhere once you meet a friend.
Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) -- area code (91-575)
- Cherryin Restaurant
Sector 2, Raj Nagar. Well known as a meeting
place for gays (friends, not cruising), especially on weekends.
- Corporation Garden/Park
Opposite Hotel Aditya. Cruising until 8pm (afterwards it's too dangerous).
- SB Lake (Kera)
MEDIUMWELLDONE UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2013
Phase 5, South Point Mall, 981-198-9557, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly steakhouse, lounge/bar/pub. Al fresco dining . They also do private parties, theme parties, and gay events. Utopia Member Discount
Brown Bean Cafe UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
Uzanbazar. Nightly, 6-9pm.
Illusion Bar & Lounge UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
6/F Shopper's Point Bld, Fancy Bazaar. Sat 9pm-1am. Live band and a gay friendly atmosphere.
Chandmari flyover, 6-9pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
- Dighalipukhuri, located near the High Court, 6-9pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
Fancy Bazaar Park overlooking the Brahmaputra, 5:30-9pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
Comments from Utopians:
"Bharalumukh foot overbridge is a place for a quickie with privacy. Conveniently located near the Fancy Bazaar park if any hook-ups that happen there go looking for a place to get intimate." -- Shakes, May 14, 2013
Hyderabad / Secunderabad / Sikandarabad (Andhra Pradesh) -- area code (91-40)
Parade Grounds UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
Secunderabad. One of the city's biggest cruising areas. Busy right around dusk (the security personnel send you off the grounds a half hour to an hour after dusk). It is probably best to be prepared to bring someone back to your hotel as it can be tricky finding privacy on the grounds.
Rajeshwar Talkies UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
Plays adult-themed films and the guys who are watching it (especially in the balcony) are quite eager for action.
Jaipur (Rajasthan State)
Bouncer Bar (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
MI Rd (two miles from the Nerosi restaurant). A two-floor bar where some gays go. Just observe what is going on and you may be surprised. The three barmen are very cute and open. Live Indian music almost every night. Young gay men tend to hang out at the bar. Good food served.
- Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Park
Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
- Park opposite the Kanpur Medical College, after dark.
Kochi / Cochin (Kerala)
On the right side of the jetty through the fences. Walk along the marina. Cruisiest at the GCDA shopping area. The public facility there is busiest from 8:30-10:00pm. Crowd is 20s-40s. Walk near the Taj Hotel to the end near Asoka Flats.
- Subash Chandra Bose Park
On the left side of the jetty as you face the water.
- Thrissoor Park
Cruising in the evenings, particularly Sat.
Kolkata / Calcutta (West Bengal State) -- area code (91-33)
- CV Garden (Chattra Vilas Uddyan) at Nayapura is a gay cruising area.
Kozhikode / Calicut (Kerala)
- Calicut Beach (famous).
- Cinemas in the city center.
- Kappad Beach.
- KSRTC Bus Stand facility.
- Manachira Square
The park in the city center. Cruising happens below the trees.
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
- Capital Cinema park
Park and bus stand opposite Capital Cinema.
- GPO park.
- Jhandewala Park in Aminabad.
- Maqbara Park
Near Pariwartyan Chowk. The majority of men in this park are MSM.
- N E R Railway Station
The facility outside is also known as an MSM meeting place.
- Niboo Park in Chowk.
- Facility opposite Poonja Arcade on KS Rao Rd, evenings.
- Tagore Park from 5-9pm.
- Aga Khan Municipal Garden
MUMBAI (Maharashtra) -- areacode (91-22)
Polo field inside Munger Fort, from sunset to dark. UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2012
Noida / New Okhla Industrial Development Area (Uttar Pradesh) -- area code (91-577)
- Barista Coffee Shop
Sector 18 (close to McDonalds). Popular with gay men.
Panaji / Panjim (Goa)
- Campal Park
On the right side of the main road leading to Miramar beach. Best in the evenings, after 5pm, in the dense trees and dimly lit promenade with benches along the beach.
Patnem Beach (Goa)
Click here for Patnem Beach hotels and accommodations.
- Park near Hotel Nrupathunga.
Srinagar (Kashmir / Jammu)
Comments from Utopians:
"Men meet after dark in the small park between MA Rd and Residency Rd (wrongly titled 'polo ground' on Google). There used to be a meeting place in the back area of the Botanical Gardens, but the area has now been closed off." -- EricB, Aug 20, 2013
- The museum lawns at Thiruvanandapuram are hunting grounds in the evenings.
- Sree Bala Cinema
On MG Rd, Eastfort. Across from the Saj Lucia Hotel and down about a block. Look for the petrol station and Sri Bala is the second building after that. Best times: during evening shows (but afternoon shows see some action). Cruisiest area is the balcony seating. Weekend nights: unexpected and very hot activities can happen at the furthest back end of the external facility behind G/F of the cinema. Just pretend to go there to use the tap to wash your hand. The walls facing the open urinals could have activities going on. Also during the day. Be discreet as the older security guard can get irate.
Thrissur / Trichur (Kerala)
- The Main Bus Stand is a very cruisy area. Pay close attention to the men who walk behind the bus stands. UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2013
- Kovalam Beach
About 15km from the city. Lovely (very clean) and loads of nice restaurants, gift shops and Ayurvedic clinics. Best of all, are the nice, friendly guys walking and playing on the beach. Some are MBs, but most are just looking to chat.
- Some guesthouses behind the beachfront shops near the Planet Holiday and Bamboo resorts have young waiters and workers who may be available for fun, but be discreet.
- Sree Bala Cinema UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
Happening cruise spot. Once the lights go dim and the movie starts, you will notice men of all ages and types heading to the back of the balcony area. All sorts of activity there.
- Trivandrum Museum UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
A very hot cruising spot in the evenings. However, you should have some place to go when you meet, as you cannot really do much on the grounds of the museum.
Vadodara / Baroda (Gujarat) -- area code (91-265)
- Bus depot facility.
- Kamati Baug (Sayaji Baug) facility, after 8pm.
Varkala (Kerala) -- area code (91-470)
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