Greys in My Rainbow
On September 6, 2018 the Supreme Court of India decriminalized Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 377 is an act that was introduced in 1861 during the British rule of India that criminalizes homosexuality. Through the efforts of many individuals and activists over the years, the Indian legal system has started taking steps towards integrating a formerly marginalized community. While a battle may be won, the war remains to be fought. As a culture, society and country, India is still coming to terms with alternative genders and/ or sexuality.
“Greys in my Rainbow” is a work in progress. It is a series of portraits of individuals in India who identify as part of the LGBTQ community – individuals across age groups, professions, genders and sexual preferences. The portraits convey stories of change, vulnerability and insecurity. At the same time, they are stories of celebration and discovery. While some of these individuals have found acceptance within their family and work place, others are struggling to find it. However, in a country with residual colonial perceptions of external, physical beauty (tall, fair, slim…. etc.) the change in society to embrace these individuals and their community is a slow but hopefully, steady process.