The party must go on
Gay nightlife thrives in India's metros despite widespread prejudice against the community
Balachandran Ramiah, a 51-year-old management consultant at a financial services group, received several calls last Sunday, wondering if the 18 June party was still on. Some voices—tinged with fear—asked if it would be safe to attend it. Ramiah is a core member of Gay Bombay, one of the city’s longest-running gay support groups, which has been organizing parties in different Mumbai clubs since 2000. On two Saturdays each month, they organize parties in clubs that are open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities—today, their party will be held in a suburban club, and they plan to hold a candlelight vigil on the venue’s terrace to mark their solidarity with the victims of the 12 June massacre in the US. They are calling it the “We Will Survive" party.