My Queer Aunt Could Never Come Out. But She Helped Me Embrace My Sexuality

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My Queer Aunt Could Never Come Out. But She Helped Me Embrace My Sexuality

Illustration: Akshita Monga

W

hen the Supreme Court in Delhi was decriminalising portions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that stigmatised queer lives, my maternal aunt was in Pune, comatose. I joked that the news must have reached her. Alas! She must have sighed and breathed her last. Liberated in the knowledge that there could have been an alternate life to live, a gayer one.

She could not have been gay in this life.

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