Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Trikone Protest at the Indian Consulate: Protesting Bigotry in San Francisco

Members of Trikone, an LGBT organization of people of South Asian descent in the San Francisco Bay Area, converged on the Consulate General of India in San Francisco on July 22 to protest homophobic bigotry. An official in a position to help or do harm, Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, had claimed that men who have sex with men are committing unnatural acts.

Trikone drew about two dozen members and supporters to the protest. Success was achieved when Deputy Indian Consul General Kumar Tuhin agreed to receive a letter of grievance from Trikone’s Susmita Thomas and Harsha Mallajosyula. The letter condemned the health minister’s bigoted statements, and it will be seen and hopefully commented on by the Consul General based in San Francisco. There were also complementary protests in New Delhi, Mumbai, and other Indian cities.

The last LGBT protest at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco was a few years ago, when there was a strident reaction to some hospitals in large Indian cities that chained people with AIDS to beds.

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