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17 People Told Us What Being LGBT In India Means To Them

"Pretending your girlfriend is your cousin so that your real estate agent can find you an apartment."

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Dirty Talk, an annual event organised by Mumbai-based LGBT zine Gaysi Family took place on September 13 this year, and saw hundreds of members of the Indian LGBTQ community gather together to celebrate themselves via spoken word and performance art. BuzzFeed India asked those present to share what being LGBT in India means to them.

Here are their responses.

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Pictured Above: Gaysi Family Co-Founder Anuja Parikh
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Pictured Above: Gaysi Family Co-Founder Anuja Parikh

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Pictured Above: LGBT Activist Harish Iyer
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Pictured Above: LGBT Activist Harish Iyer

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"LGBT in India means being born this way with same DNA as the rest of the Indians."
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"LGBT in India means being born this way with same DNA as the rest of the Indians."

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Pictured Above: Comedian Aditi Mittal
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Pictured Above: Comedian Aditi Mittal