A history of how Goa overcame prejudice to open its arms to the queer community


In early 2022 the Parliamentary Panel on Public Undertakings in New Delhi objected to the code GAY allotted to Gaya Airport in Bihar. The International Air Transport Association rarely changes codes, and doesn’t seem likely to do so now, but that didn’t stop the panel protesting – and getting derided for obvious homophobia. The Panel could have learned from Goans who blithely drive cars with license plates that read GA Y. (After the GA state code, X is for State Transport buses, G for government vehicles and T, U, W, Y and Z for commercial vehicles). The license plates raise a smile from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people. It seems a sign of how Goa, without much fanfare, has become one of the most queer-friendly places in India.

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