Mr. Gay India Answers Insane Questions From Straight People

"We don't wear shirts. We only wear bikini tops."

India is an advanced nation with world-class opportunities and diverse communities, but it still carries vestiges of colonial British rule—including a law criminalizing homosexuality.

While the country is free of the kind of puritanical Christianity we have in the States, sex is still mainly a taboo topic. So Anwesh Kumar Sahoo, Mr. Gay World India 2016, is helping dispel some myths by answering ridiculous questions he’s heard from straight people.

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There’s the expected queries—”When did you decide to be gay?” “Who is the woman?”—as well as some we’ve never heard before—”Do you wear a lot of pink shirts.”

He also reveals his childhood crush—actor Ranbir Kapoor, who did a tantalizing towel dance in 2007’s Saawariya.


Sahoo, just 20, is sassy without losing his cool in the video, produced by Gaysi, and a great spokesman for his community. He’ll compete against entrants from around the world at the Mr. Gay World in Malta later this year.

We have a feeling he’ll kick butt in the interview portion.



Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.