Groom Wanted: This gay man breaks social taboo in India with unique matrimony ad

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Mumbai, May 19: It was not easy for him to go ahead with his mother's decision of placing a 'Groom Wanted' matrimony ad on newspaper. Harish Iyer, a well-known gay activist, finally decided to search for a groom for himself.

However, he had to face many hurdles for the "unique matrimony" ad. In a country like India, where discussing about LGBT is a fact of shame, putting up such ad for a gay man is not easy.

Harish Iyer

Many leading newspapers of the country refused to publish the ad given by Harish's mother. However, everywhere the Iyers faced rejection. Finally, they saw a ray of hope when Mid Day agreed to put up the ad.

The content of the ad reads, "Seeking 25-40, Well Placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian Groom for my son (36, 5'11'') who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though Iyer Preferred)."

BuzzFeed wrote about an email from Mid Day editor Sachin Kalbag. The mail reads, "A marriage is a meeting of minds, of souls. At mid-day, we believe that human rights should be applicable to all, regardless of religion, caste, colour, sexual orientation, etc."

"Therefore, a mother seeking a union for her gay son is perfectly normal. Why should it be any different? In fact, why should we even be talking about it? In an equal society, which we all strive for, this should be routine," the mail added.

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