Gay Icons of India
Hoshang Merchant and Akshaya K. Rath
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Fighting a relentless culture of discrimination and homophobia, India’s LGBTQ+ community is finally on the road to inclusion and acceptance. While there are still miles to go, the Supreme Court’s landmark reading down of Section 377 in September 2018 came as a battle hard-won for those who identify as gay.

In the wake of this watershed judgement, Gay Icons of India celebrates twenty-two extraordinary personalities from the queer community who have resisted injustices through their art and greatly aided LGBTQ+ social movements. From dancers and poets to writers and artists, Hoshang Merchant and Akshaya K. Rath pay homage to these inspirational figures who stand steadfastly for equal love and the right to be different.


‘Hoshang Merchant has gone boldly into a territory that was “out of bounds” in India till the historic ruling down of the dreaded Section 377. The narrative of Gay Icons of India is well-paced, personal and insightful’

Shobhaa Dé

‘India’s history is incomplete without acknowledging the millions of unspoken stories of the queer world. Gay Icons of India is symbolic of a way forward. “We’re here, we’re queer!” get used to it’

Keshav Suri

ISBN 9789386215956Category Non-fictionSubcategory Autobiographies, Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher Pan Macmillan IndiaImprint PanPublished 25/07/2019
Format B FormatBinding PaperbackPage extent 256
Hoshang Merchant is the author of Yaraana: Gay Writing from India, Forbidden... »