Families in the Indian state of Gujarat are more accepting of their LGBTI children than anywhere else in the country.
A study by India’s Gay Arranged Marriage Bureau revealed about 753 of 769 Indian families disowned their LGBTI. These figures work out to only 2% of Indian families accepting their LGBTI children.
‘A lot of Gujaratis accept their kids because they are too attached to let them go,’ Urvi Shah, CEO of Gay Marriage Bureau told the Ahmedabad Mirror.
‘These ties of love are the only thing keeping families from breaking apart.’
Since 2015, the Gay Arranged Marriage Bureau has been operating in Gujarat to find partners for their clients. It has a total of 1,298 clients of which 24 couples are living together, four are married and nine are engaged.
A bit of convincing is all it takes
Vadodara, 34, came out to his family who tried to convince him to marry a girl to ‘make him straight’. But now they have accepted his partner and the two are marrying in December.
‘I was in a live-in relationship for two months. It was a huge mess initially when I told my parents about it,’ he said.
‘My family disowned me and my relatives stopped talking to me.
‘I was taken to tantriks and psychologists, but nothing worked. It took Urvi 14 hours to explain to my parents about my homosexuality.’
Vadodara’s father said he did not understand homosexuality until he did some readings and met with LGBTI allied. But with time both he and his wife came to accept their son’s sexuality.
‘When he said he had found someone, I asked him which caste she was from,’ Vadodara’s mother said.
‘It came as a shock to me when he told me about his partner. It took me a long time to accept the fact. But now I am looking forward to my son’s marriage.’