"I remember a friend of mine telling me how he had to hide the cover of a book with a newspaper because he feared his wife will be offended by his choice of reading a book on homosexuality. The entire regional media remained silent about my book, but it was social media that changed the game in the book to gain huge momentum. LGBT community in urban area is still educated and have courage to come, but those in rural areas are kept away from books" said Vasudhendra.
Christy Raj (29) a transsexual man ran away from his home and his adopted mother who herself was a transgender woman and was against the decision of her daughter to become a man.
"I was ousted by the girl I fell in love with in my school, I was in class 8. They threw me out of school, saying I was diseased and would spoil other girls. I went through torture, shaming and abuse because I mustered the courage to be open about my sexuality. I almost gave up my life, but decided to survive after meeting others who share same plight as I. I want to live with my partner with respect and dignity. Please don't criminalise us just because we are different. The government want us to pay tax, pay bills, vote but refuses to accept us as individuals with feelings, what kind of a double standard is this?