Bollywood Actor Disowned For Playing Gay

Many LGBT people are disowned from their families when they come out of the closet. But for most people, this homophobia hits when we come out of the closet, not merely because we were found associating with LGBT people.

Earlier this year, actor Yuvraaj Parasher starred in a film known as India’s Brokeback Mountain. In the film, he kissed another man in the first serious same-sex kiss in Bollywood.

Now, Parasher is facing the consequences. He’s been disowned by his family and thrown out of his home for playing a homosexual on screen. Parasher’s father plans on going to court to officially cut off all ties with his son.

According to Parasher’s father, “I feel what he has done is against the culture and tradition of our country and it challenges the purity of the relationship between a man and a woman… We’re finished. All the dreams and hopes we had built around him are over. For just a film role, he has lost out on his blood ties. We don’t want to see his face ever.”

Parasher’s devastating loss highlights how much a family can be torn apart by homophobia. It’s shocking that his family is publicly disowning him for simply playing a role in a movie. How would they react if their son came out as gay? It certainly couldn’t be much worse.

Members of a family can disagree on most political issues without it breaking the family apart. Yet, some people are so fixated on their homophobic feelings that they’re willing to destroy their families over a difference of opinions.

It’s tragic that Parasher’s father can’t respect his son’s decisions enough to let him hold his own beliefs and play whatever roles he wants to play. But his father’s action begs the question: why do people feel so passionately against homosexuality, even to the extent of cutting off children who merely disagree with them?

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