Onir has been active for quite sometime on the issue and had taken a public stand demanding the government to repeal section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (which considers homosexuality as criminal).
The film director, editor and producer, is best known for his films such as ‘My Brother … Nikhil’, one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with the subject of AIDS and same-sex relationships.
The filmmaker visited the AAP’s Hanuman Road office on Sunday and held a “long discussion” with Dilip Pandey, party’s Delhi secretary to understand the party’s position on the issue of gender minorities.
“Today it is important for a party to stand up and fight for the (LGBT) community’s rights,” Onir told HT, and added, “Also, I feel this is a party with lots of educated people, this party comprises people who are ready to empower people.”
Asked if the party had chalked out a role for Onir, such as giving him a ticket for the impending Lok Sabha polls, Pandey said: “He is a supporter, not a ticket seeker.”