[ View the story "Indians go 'gay for a day' to protest court ruling" on Storify] Indians go 'gay for a day' to protest court ruling Facebook campaign shows solidarity after verdict criminalises homosexuality.
The Stream· Thu, Dec 12 2013 10:45:52
The page administrator, Tanmay Sahay, wrote on his blog:
I would like to protest this ruling by the Honorable Supreme Court of India. All of us have friends who are homosexual - and to think that they can be criminally charged for expressing their sexuality is just something I refuse to accept as a citizen of India.tanmaysahay.com
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#gayfortheday .. So this is me supporting the #lgbt community! I dont see how #love between 2 people can be called criminal... I wish the court would first try n get the actual criminals and rapists behind bars and not people who are being honest and asking for dignity!facebook.com
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Supporters posted their reactions to the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Preet
This page has been such a life-saver through the day. I have been tracking the photos here since morning and smilining, grinning, laughing loudly to myself in my empty room. After yesterday's shocker by SC, I was overcome by this crazy mix of anger and depression.facebook.com
Proud of my cousin taking part in gay for a day campaign. I'm blessed with having tremendously strong, determined women in my family.Abhay Adhikari
Going through all the Gay for a Day posts. Love it. Absolutely love it.Ghaati Ninja.
Others criticised it:
WTH this? Blood Nonsense. Ridiculous way to protest. Media crossing all limits? Why encourage people to go LGBT?
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Even some supporters of gay rights questioned the message of the initiative:
Stupid idea #GayForaDay, will perpetuate stereotypes even more. Better to show long-term support for rights. #Sec377Tanmaya Nanda
Anyone else find this whole #gayforaday thing totally obnoxious? I know the intent might be nice and all, but aren't there better ways of...Ayesha Vemuri
…showing support than pretending to be gay by posting a pic of you kissing someone (on the cheek, no less)? Seems kinda insulting.Ayesha Vemuri
The whole kissing and being Gay for a day is all fine but what are we trying to achieve here?1 end is court's judgement the other our valuesHimanshu Parmekar
WTF is this Gay for a day campaign? It is so stupid... why should one pretend to be gay for a day, which is a natural sexual orientation?Krupakar Manukonda
By just posing for a picture and "pretending to be gay" can you feel the bigotry and prejudice actual gay people have to face everyday?Ashwini Mishra
I see middle class youth have found their new cause of the moment. Sigh. Far after the hashtags are expired, we will be here still fighting.Ashwini Mishra