Gay-lesbian course at UoP sets an example for other universities

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"I took up the topic because it was challenging and different," says Kailas Kalapahad from Ahmednagar who is basing his thesis on Yaraana, a collection of short stories on homosexuality. Kalapahad admits that initially he had to explain his choice of topic to his peers and family.

Richa Singh from Meerut, the other student to take up MPhil based on LGBT topics, says that the opposition she faced ranged from disdain to vehement protests from her peers, who even said that they feared for her safety. "Probably they even suspect our sexuality but don't say so," grins the 25-year-old who has been selected for a 10-month scholarship by Tubinger University in Germany and would be researching her thesis there.

While both the students say that there is no dearth of study material, they admit that thesis on LGBT studies are almost non-existent. "Everyone seems to want to take up safer topics for research," says Singh.

Rao, however, feels that LGBT issues have the maximum potential for research. "All other topics have been done to death. These are new and full of possibilities."

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