Click app for the lesbian and queer community has reached out to lesbians in India to offer them a place to communicate and meet anonymously so they don’t have to pretend any longer. The CEO of Click, Liz James, was motivated to do something when she was approached online by a young woman in India.
James says, ‘She told me how difficult it was for lesbians in India and how she had to pretend she was straight for fear of recrimination. We are very lucky in the western world as we have mostly achieved equality and have laws which protect us against discrimination.’
Women from India who join are given a free upgrade without having to subscribe, so they dont have to provide their details. ‘They are mostly too scared to give their actual details just in case.’ says James. We monitor the site closely and members can report anyone suspicious with one click. Non legitimate users are quickly deterred.’
Indian lesbian’s Quora post
Last year an Indian woman responded to a question on Quora titled ‘What’s it like to be a lesbian in India?’ It received close to 1000 up-votes and was widely published in the media. It confirmed what the young Indian woman had told Ms James with the writer saying, ‘The reason we have to hide and pretend all the time is that society will hate us.’
Section 377 of the the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1860 criminalised homosexual activities. The section was decriminalised by the Indian High Court in 2009 with respect to sex between consenting adults. However that judgement was overturned by the Supreme court in 2013.
‘India has such a flamboyant Bollywood culture and is so prominent on the world stage in technology and innovation. It’s hard to believe it lags so far behind in basic human rights and that these draconian laws still exist.’ says James.
Click app can be downloaded HERE