Gay Indian comic busts biases without judgment

 | 
06/19/2020

Indian stand-up comic Vasu Primlani does not shy away from her sexuality in her gigs – even though until very recently, being gay put her at odds with the law. One popular joke starts with the question she says many LGBT+ Indians are routinely asked – “how did you turn gay?”. The answer – “when I was 10, my mother told me to stay away from boys” – gets a laugh every time. Primlani, 47, believes she is India’s first openly gay comedian. She uses humor to address the twin challenges of being gay and a woman in India, where gay sex was only decriminalized in 2018 and awareness of both women’s and LGBT+ rights is patchy. But her style is not to judge. Instead, she seeks to promote understanding among audiences with little past exposure to the debate over LGBT+ issues in particular.

Regions: ,

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
The Tel Aviv City Council has approved a proposal by council member Reut Nagar to consider allocating part of the city’s affordable housing project …
Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
David Omarov, a native of Turkmenistan, says he was arrested and tortured there for being gay — a crime under the country’s repressive regime. …
Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
California has enacted a landmark law banning schools from outing LGBTQ+ students to their parents or guardians, becoming the first state to ban forced …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 07/17/2024
The Tel Aviv City Council has approved a proposal by council member Reut Nagar to consider allocating part of the city’s affordable housing project …
Added on: 07/17/2024
David Omarov, a native of Turkmenistan, says he was arrested and tortured there for being gay — a crime under the country’s repressive regime. …
Added on: 07/13/2024
Is Japan warming up to refugees? An Osaka court has overturned a denial of a gay man’s request for asylum – the second time …