I had to admit it was a tiresome year in 2009. I was running along with the fastest world and its transformation, there was no stopping for the Gay community especially in Chennai. I don’t remember exactly where and when it started, the Queer movement was all over and never ending. It was colorful like the Rainbow flag. I just stepped on it and it took me to a different planet, it was all Gay. I was chanting, proud and then embracing its glory all around.
I could remember my lonely New Year celebration last year in 2008 and comparing with the 2009. Thankfully I had a world to live and celebrate. This infact with more joy, I was riding my bike as fast as I could feeling the warmth of my boyfriend behind me. It was a wordless Wordsworth poem. I was all excited, I never had a lovely New year party than ever. I turned around and saw his beautiful face. It was the freedom I was breathing on that day. Many thanks to Chennai Rainbow Pride.
We were thanking and celebrating the glorious year 2009. Chennai Dost guys were chanting and dancing. Our DJ was rocking. Sunil Menon appeared in his usual kurda design wear. Good looking guys were walking on the ramp trying to compete one another in the Chennai Dost beauty contest. Finally the best one was judged and received Mr.Chennai Dost title.
I was standing alone in a corner surrounded by dark, trying to recollect what we have achieved. We have created a social space through organizing parties for the Gay and Bisexual men in Chennai. Agreed it was an achievement that no one was willing to do earlier. Movie screenings were successful by screening movies on different themes to provide some light on our guys. And then supporting the activities of our LGBT support groups. Appeared on several media raising LGBT issues. And then finally Chennai Dost participated in Chennai Rainbow Pride along with the support groups.
We still had to go a long way. Its going to be another tiresome year in 2010 for both me and Chennai Dost. Personally I am planning to move along to a new house with my boyfriend. And then trying to partner with few more friends to expand my business. Shifting to a new company to anchor my career. Bring in my parents from Bangalore to Chennai and find a nice life environment for me. And for Chennai Dost we are working on to launch the online magazine for GB community in Chennai. Open an office for Chennai dost and start a helpline center. Yes, it is going to be another tiresome year. But who cares, there are plenty of friends to help, plenty of members to encourage, hundreds of readers to wish and then God to bless. 2010 is going to be another Glorious year. It is just there infront of my eyesight to reach. I am getting ready with my running shoes for the next race.
written by: Vikki