LGBT choirs are commonplace in the US and UK, but far less so in other parts of the world. Despite having a population of 1.3 billion, and an estimated LGBT population potentially of over 70 million, India only recently got its first gay choir.
This is perhaps not all that surprising given that homosexual activity is currently illegal in India under the draconian Section 377 of the country’s penal code; legislation dating back to British colonial times.
Rainbow Voices Mumbai began as an initiative of local LGBT youth group Yaariyan, supported by the Humsafar Trust. The choir offers support for LGBT people in India and raises awareness around LGBT rights. It is also championing the work of local advocates in their efforts to overturn this law.