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A collection of oral histories
of LGBT persons
 

1. Aditya Bandopadhyay

   
Aditya Bandopadhyay After studying law in Kolkata, Aditya set up practicein Delhi,
earlier with Lawyers Collective and now independently. He was
one of the key persons who worked to bring justice to the
activists who were arrested in Lucknow in 2011 for distributing condoms at a public place. He now heads 'Adhikaar',
an
advocacy organization
working for equal rights and healthcare
for LGBT persons. He is the Asia-Director on the board of
International Lesbian and Gay Law Association and sits on the
steering committee of other international LGBT and HIV
organizations.
 
Producer:
Vivek Anand

Concept, Interviews & Direction:
Sridhar Rangayan


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Excerpts from BOLO Interview

Aditya: I remember it was in the last year of my graduation, it
was in 1993, I don't remember the exact date. It was a few
months before Siddharth Gautam died. He came to Kolkata,
some invitation from Counsel Club, if I am not mistaken, and he
was giving a lecture. So I went. I reached late, and the room
was very packed and I could not enter the door. I was standing
outside the door and I was half peeping in and there was this
guy standing at the other end, he was standing and talking.

And he said things like, 'I am a lawyer and I am gay' and these
are the problem areas... And that was the first time I heard
(Sec) 377 being mentioned.

And that was the time when I was actually thinking, 'ok I've
passed my 12th standard, I wanted to have fun and basically
faff around for sometime and not do work and study and all of
that which I am doing and I have done, but I also need to
seriously think about what I need to do with my life'. And then I
heard that lawyer and gay and all of that. So I thought that, 'I am
gay and this is something which is interesting… not boring like
medicine or engineering or chartered accountancy, this is
something where you can actually do things and make a
difference' and things like that.

Suddenly it was like this is what I should do.

 

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