LGBTI group compile ‘Pink List’ of queer-friendly Indian politicians
The largest election in history is underway in India, and LGBTI groups are working tirelessly to ensure voters are mindful.
In the first election since the decriminalisation of Section 377 India, ‘The Pink List’ is a website compendium of all queer friendly Lok Sabha (India’s lower Parliament) candidates. Anish Gawande, Devina Buckshee, and Smriti Deora together created the list, News 18 reported.
‘A good time to take stock ‘ Gawande, a 22-year-old Columbia University student, started the project. He said the list is a starting off point for larger activism in India.
‘We are at a very interesting place in the country right now,’ she said. ‘Discourse about gender rights has never been this strong and far-reaching. We thought it was a good time to take stock of where we stand in terms of political representation.’
Gawande returned to Hisar, Haryana last year in May to work with fresh-faced politicians. But while touring the Maharashtra countryside for six months, Gawande had an idea. ‘Many think that fighting for queer rights is an urban phenomenon, that only voters and candidates in cities care about it.
Source : Gat Star News