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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

How can you 'un-gay' gays? Imran Khan takes a stand against homophobia

Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 26, 2013
First Published: 14:15 IST(26/12/2013) | Last Updated: 17:54 IST(26/12/2013)
After filing a PIL to reduce the legal drinking age from 25 to 21, actor Imran Khan is now lending his support to another crusade. This time, the actor has joined hands with a city-based comedy collective, All India Bakc**d (AIB), to shoot a video that makes a strong point about section 377 that currently deems gay sex illegal.

“I’ve always been involved with gay rights. The scenario in this country is disheartening and depressing. These are basic human rights that people are being denied of; they’re no minority,” says Imran, adding that “the idea of this initiative is to show those who do not support homosexuality how ridiculous their thinking is”.

Run by four popular stand-up comedians — Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Ashish Shakya and Rohan Joshi — AIB was also responsible for making the ‘It’s your fault’ video starring actor Kalki Koechlin that went viral in September.

“We wanted to talk about section 377, Indians, our attitude towards homosexuality, and how naive and stupid we are about it,” says Tanmay. AIB and Imran, together, now plan to make a series of these satirical videos, the first of which was made available to view on YouTube Wednesday.

Imran adds, “We will take all the prejudices and amplify them until people realise that what they’re doing is wrong. This has become a cultural and moral issue, but morals are subjective. They are opinions, not facts. Sadly, in this country, laws are based on morality and not legality.”
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