Small, Rural Businesses are Far Behind India’s Corporate Giants in Welcoming LGBTI People


Following India’s September move to scrap a colonial-era ban on gay sex, more and more corporations are opening their doors to LGBT+ people and ushering in policies to make them feel more welcome. But smaller firms across industries – textile houses, printing presses, rubber manufacturers, real estate agencies and others – are not racing to diversify just yet. At a dusty roadside eatery in northern Haryana state, Babu Ram Bhoshne and six of his workers burst into laughter at the idea of hiring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and introducing LGBT+ policies at their workplace.


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