New Year’s celebrations in Goa set to attract LGBTI visitors.
As the sun sets in India, and there are only a few hours left of 2016, LGBTI visitors are making their way to the beaches of Goa to celebrate the new year.
According to The New Indian Express the coastal state of Konkan has seen an increase in LGBTI visitors.
The area has grown popular especially with the transgender community, and the coastal belt of Sinquerim-Candolim-Calangute-Baga has the highest number of exclusive parties and gatherings for the LGBTI community.
One of the visitors said: ‘There is something in Goa which makes us feel secure. We can celebrate our new year, the way we want.’
‘Usually when you party, you are not bothered about gender issues. It’s time for fun,’ says another.
While gay sex for both men and women is criminalized in India, there has been an influx of LGBTI members moving to Goa, where according to one local the area is ‘much more friendly to work’.
In 2013, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was reinstated, which prohibits ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’.