Meet The First Openly Gay Man In India To Enter National Politics

Harish Iyer is a vocal animal rights activist, petitioned against Section 377 and called for sensitivity in dealing with rape cases

LGBTQ+ rights activist Harish Iyer joined the Indian National Congress on April 9, becoming the first openly gay man in India to enter national politics.

A survivor of child sexual abuse, Iyer talked about how he was abused for 11 years on Aamir Khan’s talk show Satyameva Jayate. He was also the inspiration behind Onir’s 2010 film I Am. 

In 2015, his mother posted a matrimonial ad looking for a groom for Harish. He is also a vocal animal rights activist, petitioned against Section 377 and called for sensitivity in dealing with rape cases.

He announced his decision to the Congress in a series of tweets:

Iyer was also the only Indian national to feature in The Guardian‘s 100 most influential LGBT people.