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Love it or hate it but you can't ignore it. Celeb set gets candid about the gay times of India. 'Why shouldn't I like females?'
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PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2006 02:27 PM IST

Love it or hate it but you can't ignore it. Homosexuality is no longer a forbidden issue for our swish set. Some celebrities get candid about the gay times of India.

Emraan Hashmi

When I was young, I had a lot of misconceptions about homosexuality and I used to be very apprehensive and scared of such people. But, today I realized that those were just stories and in reality sexuality of a person does not matter. It's totally an individual's prerogative to establish physical relations with the person of same sex. If two adults agree are in agreement then why should anyone object?

Like Emraan, many other stars feel that if realisation about sexuality comes naturally, there is no problem admitting and moving in the same direction.

Zayed Khan

I don't agree with people who attach homosexuality with cultural backwardness and immorality. What I understand is that gay people follow their natural instinct and they are not fake. They cater to the need of their own body and who are we to judge whether they are right or wrong? In my view sexuality of a person hardly matters. I believe that we should accept it like many other aspects of life and treat it as normal as we treat several other things.

Koena Mitra

I think Indian society needs to change its attitude towards gays and lesbians. Why should they be treated any different from others? I don't understand why there should be so much apprehension about the issue. Everyone has the right to live life as they see fit and make their own choices. There should be no discrimination on the basis of sexual preferences.

Dino Morea

When I entered the modelling world after completing my graduation, I had loads of stories about homosexuals forcibly making you enter into an act with them. In fact, I used to be very scared of them initially and always used to maintain a safe distance but then slowly I realized that my all such notions were wrong. On many occasions gay men make great friends.

Jackie Shroff

I have no problems with homosexuals or homosexuality. I have no apprehensions either because I believe that each one of us has the right to get what we want. It's a matter of personal choice and no one has any business to interfere.

Alyque Padamsee (Ad guru)

It is unfortunate that homosexuality is still looked upon as a social stigma in some parts of our country. I think it's a wonderful expression of human love. The fact that it's becoming more and more acceptable in cities like Mumbai is certainly a positive sign.

Indira Goswami (Writer)

Only those who have never known the beauty of love and compassion can be homosexuals. I find the practice disgusting.

Mallika Sarabhai (Danseuse and social activist)

It's a personal choice and way of living. Everyone is free to live life the way they want to. What's wrong in that? But at the same time I feel that each one of us is different and may have different ways of celebrating love.

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