FOR OUR GAY TRAVELERS
India is particularly fascinating for gay travelers. From the time of the British Raj until 2018, homosexuality was illegal in India. In 2017 and 2018, it was made legal.
One of the special friends you will meet is Aman Nath, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit which overturned the law against homosexuality in India.
Gay life has begun to flourish, particularly in the larger cities. While there are few gay bars, gay life is lived in one-night parties in clubs across Delhi and other larger cities. You find them online—Scruff and Grindr are good sources—as are the gay friends Phil will introduce you to.
Gay life still has challenges in India. Most young men live at home until about age 25 – 30. They are expected to marry at the end of that time and have their bride move in with them to the family home. (The bride’s job then becomes to take care of the mother-in-law.) So, prior to age 30, many young Indian gay men are on Grindr and Scruff meeting friends and partners.
Indian gay men tend to love older, Caucasian gay men. In fact, we are called “Caucies” by them. They like us because we treat them well, have often lived open gay lives, are often successful, show up as we promise, and do not know any of their family or community about whom they have to worry about finding out they are gay.
Phil makes our trips special by introducing our travelers to many of his gay friends in India. He has met them over the course of his trips. As a gay man himself, Phil gets introduced to friends of friends of friends. They are wonderful sources for the best restaurants, shops, sites, and experiences. Indian gay men are particularly fascinated by our groups because they have never experienced out, open gay life. Almost all of them marry women, have children, and are under strong family and social pressure not to be gay. So, imagine what it is like for them spending a day or evening with a full group of funny, lively, successful American gay men! And, their stories of gay life in India are fascinating.