We have just had the International Coming Out day on October 11th. When queer people are out about our sexuality and gender, the first question we usually get is, do our parents know? Sweekar: The Rainbow Parents is an organisation that is making this dream come true for many. It is a group of parents of queer children who accept their own and also work to change the minds of other parents rejecting their queer children.
In this episode of Pride & Prejudice, host Suryatapa Mukherjee spoke to Aruna Desai and Atul Kumar from Sweekar. Aruna Desai is the founder of the organisation, and she is also the HR head of a manufacturing company in Mumbai. Her son came out to her as gay 15 years ago as a teenager. Atul Kumar is a physics teacher who mentors IIT-JEE and NEET aspirants in Delhi. He is the father of a transgender woman who came out to him four years ago.