Hyderabad. Gay supporters of various political leaders faced hostility from their straight counterparts when they decided to fast today to wish long lives to their respective leaders. Today is the festival of Karwa Chauth, when seemingly faithful wives and apparently committed girlfriends fast the whole day to insure longevity to their maybe adulterous husbands or possibly two-timing boyfriends. This mode of public display of love and loyalty by gays has not gone down well with many people it seems.
A gay supporter of YSR’s son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was beaten up when he applied Mehendi all over his body as a mark of love and loyalty towards his leader. He declared that he’d break his fast only after Jagan came up to him in the night and offered him food, apart from allowing him (the gay guy) to see him (Jagan Reddy) through a sieve. Straight supporters of Jagan thought that this act of the gay supporter suggested that Jagan was his gay partner, and hence a gay too.
“This is outrageous and nonsensical, we don’t approve of such gay gimmicks. If he really loved our leader he should have fasted until death unless Jagan Reddy was made the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He is just a publicity hungry mongrel and we taught him a lesson.” one of the straight supporters of Jagan Reddy, who bashed up the gay supporter, said.
Similar gay supporters were beaten up in Ahmedabad who fasted for Narendra Modi, and in Mumbai who fasted for leaders like Thackerays and Sharad Pawar. The straight supporters were livid with these acts of gays as all of them deemed it disrespectful to their leaders. All of them averred that none of their leaders were gay, and hence they deserved straight display of affection.
But gay rights activists and liberal people have decried these gay bashings and have requested various political leaders and the civil society to allow the gays to express their love the way they wanted.
“This is illogical. If gay supporters’ ways makes the leaders gay, the straight supporters’ ways should make them criminal, rapists and arsonists. But none of these supporters objected when some straight supporters destroyed property and killed people to express their love and support to the respective leaders. The civil society must support the gays.” Ahmed Anju Iyer, the founder-president of Bhartiya Samlaingik Party (BSP) said.
BSP, the political party of people with alternative sexual preferences, has threatened to launch an agitation against such discrimination and violence against gays and has demanded that the next census should also record the sexual preferences of people in India so that the true strength of gays, lesbians, transsexuals and bisexuals could be known for sure, enabling them to influence policy decisions of the government and the society.
Common citizens of India have been apathetic to the whole issue, but many of them wondered why only gays were active on Karwa Chauth while none of the lesbians were fasting for their women leaders like Mamta Banerjee, Kumari Mayawati or Sonia Gandhi.