Ihe LGBTQI—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex—people in India continue to face legal and social difficulties on a daily basis. Sexual activity between people of the same gender is illegal, and same-sex couples legally cannot marry or obtain a civil partnership.
However, Surya and Ishaan K Shaan are a transsexual couple who defied the laws, and decided to go ahead and tie the knot! This courageous move will indeed go down as a historic day, not just for the LGBTQI community in the country, but for the nation as a whole.
The duo, surrounded by their parents, friends, and well-wishers from the LGBTQI community, got married in Thiruvananthapuram, where Surya, decked up in traditional bridal clothes, accepted Ishaan as her life-partner.
What makes their marriage historic is that Surya and Ishaan are the first transsexual couple to get married under the Special Marriages act in the state.
Ishaan was born to a conservative family and battled several conflicts to identify as a trans man. Surya currently is an actor and a transgender activist, who came out of the closet only in the early 2000s and endured many struggles through the process.
This step taken by the couple was possible only due to the efforts of the LGBTQI community in India, who have relentlessly fought and pushed for tolerance and the recognition of same-sex relationships. You can read about 8 Inspiring Indian LGBTQI individuals who have broken barriers, here.
We wish Surya and Ishaan the very best in their journey ahead. Let their happy married life be an example of equality, and may their struggles lead to a more positive future for the next generation.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
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