Darshan Mandhana is an HR professional, hailing from a small village in Maharashtra. Darshan, 30, recounts forced visits to medical clinics in order for doctors to cure him. His illness? Being a gay man.
First, let’s state some basic facts: sexual preference is not a medical symptom. It is not some unnatural biological defect treatable with pills, potions, ayurveda, or therapy; no over-the-counter magic remedy. The ability to change sexuality simply does not exist. These are all scientific statements of truth. Are you listening, RSS?
Sadly however, by failing to provide basic sex education in schools, lakhs of students each year are not made aware of this. In turn, a culture of hearsay, fiction and rumour has evolved surrounding sexuality in India. Nothing about sexual preference is shameful, disgusting nor wrong. Needless to say we should celebrate all forms of diversity; labelling a minority as perverted deviants requiring treatment is not only factually but morally wrong.
Darshan speaks to Fifty Shades of Gay candidly about his views of closeted LGBT people. He urges them to “open up, spread awareness, support each other, stand strong for our rights and break free,” and is adamant that, “there are stronger support systems these days. People are more aware and open to accept you as you are.”
Earlier this year, Darshan was crowned 1st Runner Up at Mr Gay World India 2016.