Arnab Nandy’s parents embraced his sexuality after India decriminalized same-sex relations.
“I was taken aback like, ok, the law has gone but, because they were not accepting, they were, like, still fighting,” he stated. “My mom and dad were like, ok, you’re not criminal, so it’s legal now.”
The 25-year-old came out to his parents three months before consensual same-sex relations were decriminalized in India. After his parents made their support clear, he posted about it on Facebook. His emotional post and photo went viral.
“But [my mom] took her time. She accepted me for love of being child. The mom loves the child way too much so they will try to accept them,” Nandy explained. “But I told her that’s not the acceptance I’m looking for. Take your time. I want you to accept the community and not just me because I’m your son.”
A week before the ruling, Nandy’s mother defended his sexuality to people, but his parents struggled to advocate for him publicly because same-sex relations were still an “unnatural offense” in India. Nandy hopes India will continue to improve on LGBTQ+ issues.
“I really want to see people cherishing who they are,” he stated. “Truth gives power to accept the truth.”