After a long battle in the supreme court, the LGBT+ community finally claimed major success by getting the Article 377 decriminalised on September 6th, 2018. We have documented some exceptional noteworthy personalities and groups from the LGBT+ community who influence lives through Indian Instagram accounts.
1. Durga Gawde Studio
Smart, Rebellious and distinct 25-year-old Durga is an educator, performance artist & TEDx speaker is looked up as one of the key Indian Instagram LGBT influencers. Bringing in significant changes in society and shaping ideas on the queer community are major goals of her account.
Durga have 12.6k followers on Instagram account and flaunt her best looks on it. Talking on social issues, atrocities towards the Queer community are primary on her account.
She recently featured in a live video with RJ Malishka from 93.5 RedFM in Mumbai discussing on the realities and importance of the pride month. She use to wear a rainbow every single day to preach love & humanity.
2. Alok Vaid Menon
“I had to learn to perform “boy” so that people wouldn’t harass me” recalls vaid-menon. Vaid used to write poems as a teenager, and this helped him cure his pain, agony and trauma instilled by the society.
A gender non-conforming performance artist and writer, Alok runs an Instagram page with 217k followers. Being featured in leading channels like HBO, MTV, BBC, CNN & new York times, they have presented their support and opinions on 500 venues in 40 different countries.
3. Alex Matthew
Mayathedragqueen has 13.1k followers on Instagram account and brings in a lot of positive messages in support of the LGBT+ community.
One of India’s rare talent, Matthew goes by the name “Maya the Drag queen” and performs to express. The 30-year-old artist identifies self as Queer and created the character “mayamma” who is relatable with a background story which inspires the listeners.
4. Gaylaxy magazine
This special magazine was started in 2010 by Sukhdeep singh, a gay rights activist in India. The Instagram account has 2k followers and represents the vast culture of the LGBT+ community.
The Gaylaxy magazine releases regular articles to bash the rooted misconception that the indigenous queer community is an outcome of the westernization, globalization and liberalization.
5. Vqueeram Aditya Sahai
With over 8.6k followers on Instagram Vikramaditya takes a firm stand on LGBT+ issues.
He teaches at Ambedkar University, where he is famous for keeping an unconventional view of the gender binary. His work on gender inequality, violence on LGBT+, ideology and opinion can be traced on social media platforms.
6. Anwesh Sahoo
The Troy Perry award Recipient and youngest ever Mr. Gay World India winner, Anwesh is all about inspiration. He is admired for his art, creativity and Intelligence therefore is one of the loved Indian Instagram LGBT influencers.
He won the crown in 2016 at the age of 20 and stood firm in the long LGBTQ activism. He is a multitalented personality. A TEDx speaker, artist, writer, blogger and performer, Sahoo lives in Delhi and is the creator of the Effeminare which you must check out to get a dose of positive creativity.
7. Priyanka Paul
She goes with the Instagram name Artwhoring, which signifies Dignity in labour. The account illustrates some crazy, funky and idiosyncratic art pieces depicting Women power, body positivity and mental health.
Her account is everything you would love about queer and showcases creativity in its best form. Priyanka has received global fame due to her artwork and owns an online store where she sells unique merchandise.
8. Sushant Divgikar
Popular for his drag queen character “Rani KoHEnur” Divgikar bagged the winner cup for Mr. gay India 2014.He is a singer, performer and drag artist who expresses opinions glazed in relatable stories. Sushant is a mind blowing performer, best known for his confident presentations and praiseworthy skills in performing art.