India hosts thousands of matrimonial websites dedicated to arranging introductions for marriages between men and women, but now the service is available to gay men.
Same-sex couples cannot legally marry in India, but LGBT rights group Chennai Dost has launched Groom Wanted, a web service to help gay men find a life partner.
‘Lot of GB [gay and bi] men expressed that finding a life partner is taxing,’ said a statement on the website.
‘They feel that dating websites, blogs, forums and chat services have not been fruitful as there is some degree of human interaction lacking. That is when Chennai Dost decided to provide a healthy, non sexual platform for singles to meet their potential life partner.’
The service is free and ask for minimal information from the men who use it. Potential ‘grooms’ register on the site and Chennai Dost arrange events where they can meet face-to-face.
The rules of Groom Wanted clearly state that the service is ‘purely not for hooking up’ and will cancel applications with those intensions.
‘People looking for gay relationship need physical space but find it very difficult,’ founder of Chennai Dost Vikranth Prasanna told The Hindu.
‘We give them the freedom to express themselves, find partners and share a healthy life.’