“I am equal towards all living beings; no one is hated by me and no one is beloved. Those who worship me with devotion, however, are in me, and I am in them.”
- Bhagavad Gita 9.29
Hinduism and Homosexuality
“Homosexuality has never been considered a crime in Hindu culture. In fact, Lord Ayyappa was born of Hari-Hara (Vishnu & Shiva). It is not a crime in any Smriti. Everyone has male & female elements. According to their dominance, tendencies show up & may change. Nobody should face discrimination because of their sexual preferences. To be branded a criminal for this is absurd.”
- H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
One of Hinduism’s core teachings is that every being is Divine or a reflection of Divine qualities, regardless of one’s outer attributes. Aside from the humanitarian imperative to offer equal treatment to all, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) believes that this and other fundamental and ancient Hindu teachings may allow Hindus to more openly embrace LGBT rights and marriage equality. In this paper, we seek to elucidate these aspects and, at the same time, elaborate on the legislative history of LGBT rights in India.>
Source: The Hindu American Foundation (HAF)
Homosexuality in Ancient India
LGBT and Hinduism
“God wouldn’t punish you for your sexuality because it’s something you are born with.”
Gender identity, sexuality and Hinduism
"To be gay is not right or wrong. It is an orientation which you have since birth. So before thinking about anyone else you should accept yourself, being a homosexual is not a crime whether it be any religion or country.
The only problem with some of the countries, India being one of them is that people here lack awareness, people here are still fighting for gender equality, homosexuality is beyond their scope.
These countries need to accept homosexuality as it was,is and will be never a crime. Just live your life freely as every other individual. It is not a sin, it is your personal choice and love. So love freely."
- Yashi Gupta, India
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