Shubham Mehrotra was already a pretty impressive person before she created the FSoG.
It went on to propel the LGBT community into mainstream conversation.
Working since the age of 17, she studied at a prestigious college in England (where she also founded her own company simultaneously), and got a lucrative job in China right out of college.
While in China, hearing of the 2013 judgement reversal on LGBT criminalisation shook her up hard. So, she quit her job and moved back to her parents’ home in Mumbai. Here she chose to dedicate her year to researching and networking with the LGBT+ community.
Section 377 was an archaic law – emphasis on was – from the colonial era that forbade ‘unnatural sex’. Essentially, it referred to a catch-all term used to discriminate against the LGBT population of the nation.
Shubham did what she saw no one else doing – she started documenting the lives of the affected community on Fifty Shades of Gay. Nothing complicated, just simple interviews of simple people on the street. Where other people shooed off transgender women asking for money, she spoke to them, heard them out and documented their lives.
Before she knew it, her site blew up. But, only abroad. Despite all the international attention, mainstream media in India continued to ignore FSOG and the issues of the LGBT community.