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Celina starts Facebook support group for Homosexuals January 28, 2009

Posted by nitinkarani in English, Personality, Section 377.
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From Mid-Day:

By: Hemal Ashar

Date: 2009-01-28

Celina Jaitly takes support for gay cause forward; starts group on Facebook

Actor Celina Jaitly was the poster girl at Mumbai’s first ever Gay Pride march that took place in Mumbai on August 16 2008, from August Kranti Maidan up to Girgaum Chowpatty.

Celina had flagged off the trailblazing intiative, where she spoke about her belief in gay rights and her support for Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises homosexuality to be abolished.

Thinking ahead

Now, Celina proved that the Gay Pride celebrity appearance was not just a token gesture.  The actor has gone ahead, using the popular social networking site Facebook to call for support for the gay cause and formed an online petition towards abolishing Section 377.

Celina says on Facebook: ‘I summon all my friends and fans in joining me in my movement to have section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which bans gay sex to be amended/overturned….”

Celina’s stand is different from the standard celebrity response to the gay cause. She is straightforward about her support for gays and lesbians. Actors are wary about their public image. Not  Celina. She says, “I do not care about image, this is what I believe in.”

Celina’s stand

On having taken the support for the gay cause forward…

I started a group on Facebook six days ago. This group called ‘Celina calls for gay rights in India’ is a group asking for support to abolish Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On not hiding behind the HIV/Aids umbrella

No, I am not. I believe in my cause. I am doing this openly. I support gay people. You either support them or you don’t; that’s it.

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