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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

A new Indian dating platform for LGBT love

Subuhi Parvez, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 09, 2014
First Published: 16:54 IST(9/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:50 IST(9/5/2014)

We believe that there is space for everything in this world, but at the same time a lot of us are struggling for ­something as priceless as love. Same-sex love, as we know, has little acceptability in India, and that is not ­confined to court verdicts. But now, breaking all ­shackles and subtly making a strong statement is a dating website just for gay women.

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Wonderful Things Happen, created by Priyanka Singh, is a new platform for Indian women who love women.

"I was in the US, when I read about Section 377 and it came as a shock. I started to rant about it on social media and thought instead I should do something about it. This ­triggered the entire thing," she says.

Read: Life without benefits for India’s gay couples

Singh, who is from Mumbai but settled in the US since 2009, is kicked about this initiative. She knows she’s doing something good for a certain section.  
 
"I believe in love and ­freedom. I think every ­individual, irrespective of the orientation, should have a right to find happiness," she adds.

Launched in February, and gaining popularity now, this isn’t like any other ­dating site, claims Singh. Privacy is fundamental here.

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There is background check through a personal interview and no scope for married women. "We are here for ­serious people, who are ­looking for serious ­relationships.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/5/ht-city-pg12d.jpgWe’re not a casual ­dating website," Singh adds. Ask her if she feels threatened by opposition from extremist  groups and she says, "A lot! But I think this is all worth it. I am well within law and I respect law."

Read: Celina Jaitley bats for gay rights

Just 3 months old, the ­website has managed to find one match already. The couple, who is based in India, prefers to keep it private.

School support
Interestingly, young students in the city, many of who are otherwise forced to believe that LGBT ­relationships are a taboo, have put up an ­extraordinary show of maturity and support.

An ­initiative by Tagore International School is an eye opener. Students of the school have created a ­society, of 50 students, for LGBTQI community, which is led by a young teacher, Shivanee Sen.

They are ­creating awareness about ­different sexual ­orientations and encouraging others to read books related to the community in order to kill ­homophobia. The school is the first to come up with such a project.

I believe in love and freedom. I think every ­individual, ­irrespective of the orientation, should have a right to find ­happiness. We are here for ­serious people, who are looking for serious ­relationships. We’re not a casual dating website. - Priyanka Singh, founder


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