It has been over two years that Section 377 has been decriminalised in India, yet, by and large the social fabric of this country is still uncomfortable with anybody that openly comes out as gay in India. While social media has helped many find a voice, yet the large majority of persons that identify as LGBTQ+, remain closeted due to fear, discomfort and unacceptance.
It’s 2021, and after a rather harrowing year that has gone by, several people in the community, who have been previously uncomfortable with accepting themselves, now find reasons to live life on their own terms. And celebrating love between two people of the same gender, without any judgement or fear, isn’t as simple as walking into a bar and asking for a pint!
Goa, the beach and party capital of India, is probably one of the few places in the country, where minorities can be a little more relaxed than the rest of the country. Given the heavy influx of tourists – domestic and international, having a same sex partner will not attract the much unwanted attention here. Goa, especially the tourist heavy belts, have become much more accepting than other part of the country.
So, if you’re from the community or an ally or just someone who respects diversity, and want to let your hair down in the party capital of India, without being judged or inviting those condescending looks, where do you head? While there are no exclusive gay clubs / bars in Goa, there are some party organisers like Queer Kinara that curate such nightlife experiences in select clubs.
Unlike several international cities, India doesn’t have exclusive clubs. However, several of the more popular party destinations can be visited by everyone, without being judged for their choices.
Some of the popular party places in Goa are listed below
Love Passion Karma, Candolim: