The big decision was taken by the Indian court and across the world. Top Bollywood actors including Sonam Kapoor, Amir Khan, and Akshay Kumar also have rejoiced at the time when section 377 was taken under consideration, As it had banned same-sex sexual activity. With gay sex only just becoming legal, it will take time for the big stars to come out. Still, a handful already had and they’ve been celebrating the court ruling on social media.
Here’s a list of India’s top lesbian, gay, and bisexual stars.
- Karan Johar
Director and producer Karan Johar have never officially come out as gay. However, Karan, who directed 1998’s movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and the 2001 movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, heavily hinted about his sexual orientation in his autobiography An Unsuitable Boy in 2017.
“Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is,” he wrote. “I don’t need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won’t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this. Which is why I Karan Johar will not say the three words that possibly everybody knows about me.”
Karan also praised the Supreme Court’s decision on that day, posting to his 15 million followers on Twitter: “Historical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalizing homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back!”.
- Apurva Asrani
Award-winning filmmaker, editor, and writer Apurva Asrani, who is known working on successful films like Satya (1998), Shahid (2013), and CityLights (2014), is one of few openly gay men in Indian cinema. Asrani told on news that he felt “vindicated” by the Supreme Court’s decision.
- Vasu Primlani
Openly lesbian stand-up comedian Vasu Primlani is known for tackling different issues in her routines, including rape, human rights, and the environment. In an interview with Speaking Minds, Primlani congratulated the country but warned that there is still a social stigma against LGBT+ people in her country.
- Shonali Bose
Film director, writer, and producer Shonali Bose, who is bisexual, is known for her movies including Amu (2005) and Margarita with a Straw (2015), which is about two women living with disabilities who fall in love with one another. Bose has won numerous awards for her work including a National Film Award, a Bridgestone Narrative Award, and a Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award.
- Sushant Divgikar
Model, TV host, and performer Sushant Divgikar won Mr. Gay World India back in 2014 and is now the national director of the organization. In 2014, he also took part in India’s most popular reality TV show Bigg Boss 8. Divgikar praised the court ruling on Thursday, posting to his 85,000 Twitter followers: “Thanks to the Honourable Supreme Court! I’m so so happy and proud! All these years of fighting for our rights to be equal citizens!”