“Yes, we are the gay”


I loved these photos taken by Roopa Singh at the India Day Parade in Manhattan, New York. Members of the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA) wanted to participate in the parade, but were turned down by the FIA (Federation of Indian Ass-ociations). So what did they do? They showed up anyway – to protest their exclusion. Nothing to FIA, not even FIA itself.


You can see more of Roopa's photos here.

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

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