Chennai: The Delhi high court ruling of 2009 may have decriminalised gay sex but the community continues to face discrimination. Recently, a group of gay men was asked to leave a hotel bar by the staff who said it was “open only to men and women, and not gays”.
On October 23, eight gay men went to Zodiac, a lounge bar . “A few minutes after we entered, one of the hotel staff asked us to leave,” said 21-yearold Prithvi Raj, a Bangalorebased student. “They said the hotel is open only to men and women and not gays.” When the group protested, the staff got aggressive, forcing them to leave. “I was angry, they had no legal right to throw us out,” said Raj.