The quest for LGBTQ rights in India has gone through many crests and troughs. The reading down of Section 377 by the Supreme Court in 2018 led to a fundamental shift in the rights of India’s LGBTQ citizens and necessitated policy changes across the board - not least in the world of Indian business.
In Queeristan, Parmesh Shahani, Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd, draws from his decade-long journey in the corporate world as an out and proud gay man, to make a cogent case for LGBTQ inclusion and reshaping India’s office culture.
The author begins by sharing his life’s experiences towards becoming an advocate for LGBTQ inclusion. From having founded the Godrej Culture Lab, he now guides India’s leading companies on their inclusion journeys through Jugaad Resistance, a resourceful, solution-based opposition from within the establishment.
The second part of the book traces this history alongside the feminist movement, changes in the law, and explains the individual identities within the LGBTQIA+ community. It also discusses what it means to be LGBTQ in India and shares intimate and powerful stories of love and family.