Target: Anil Srivatsa, CEO of Radiowalla.in (Q Radio)
Goal: Commend India’s efforts to bring LGBT life into mainstream media
Despite tyrannic efforts to condemn homosexuality and countless breaches in human rights laws, the LGBT community is alive and kicking even in countries whose legislation chooses to deem it an objectionable ‘lifestyle.’ In 2009, India decriminalized homosexuality, but homophobic attitudes are still at large. Same-sex marriage is still not recognized, gays, bisexuals and lesbians face prejudices from families, employers, police and society, and transgendered Indians are derogatorily referred to as “hijras.” In the wake of all this discrimination and misrepresentation, many Indian LGBTs are forced to conform or face rejection.
As one can imagine, there are few networks that offer support for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered in India. However, a radio network called Q Radio seeks to be a beacon of hope for the country’s LGBT community. The round-the-clock station, owned and operated by Anil Srivatsa, functions as an informative, virtual roundtable of sorts that explores life in India from an LGBT perspective. Segments such as ‘Queerlicious’ and ‘Between the Sheets’ tackle queer issues intelligently and openly as the Non-LGBT public are encouraged to weigh-in and democratically speak about the state of gay culture and politics in India.
Recently, Srivatsa told The Times of India “LGBT is a large special interest group left out of main stream media and social representation and this is a natural fit to our vision. The LGBT need media representation and a common ground to gather their thoughts and spread them from one place.” (Buzzfeed)
This groundbreaking, democratic and progressive move deserves to be commended. By signing this petition, you’ll thank Anil Srivatsa for his efforts and support the LGBT movement towards recognition in mainstream media in India.
Dear Anil Srivatsa,
Your recent creation of Q Radio, a station dedicated to the LGBT community in India, is a forward-thinking and bold statement that deserves to be recognized. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered life should no longer be of such stigma and detest. With the invention of Q Radio, you have created a platform for LGBTs and Non-LGBTs to exist, harmoniously, within India’s mainstream media. Free from prejudices, the LGBT community can now communicate freely and feel like their existence matters.
With more than two million people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered in India, Q Radio is a valiant effort that garners respect and recognition. I hope you continue to expand the presence of the LGBT community in other venues until being gay in India is no longer a taboo or misconstrued act of deviance.
Thank you, wholeheartedly, for your efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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