LGBT Travellers

Homosexuality in India was decriminalised in 2009, made illegal in 2013, and decriminalised again in 2018. Trans rights have fared better: in 2014, there was a ruling that gave legal recognition of a third gender in India, a step towards increased acceptance of the large yet marginalised transgender (hijra) population. LGBT+ visitors should be discreet in this conservative country. Public displays of affection are frowned upon for both homosexual and heterosexual couples.

There are low-key gay scenes in many larger cities, including Delhi and Mumbai.

Gay Delhi ( LGBT+ support group, organising social events in Delhi.

Gaysi Zine ( A thoughtful monthly magazine and website featuring gay writing and issues.

Indian Dost ( News and information, including contact groups in India.

Indja Pink ( India’s first ‘gay travel boutique’, founded by a well-known Indian fashion designer.

Queer Ink ( Online bookstore specialising in gay- and lesbian-interest books from the subcontinent.