This guy’s parents just threw him a big fat gay Hindu wedding… and it is BEAUTIFUL
This gay couple had a wonderful gay Hindu wedding which has given hope and inspiration to Indian families around the world.
Despite homosexuality being illegal in India, and being gay remaining taboo in traditional Indian families, Rishi Agarwal and Daniel Langdon tied the knot in a very traditional ceremony.
Agarwal was raised in a typical, traditional Hindu household, and his parents and he had dreamed of throwing a huge wedding.
The family relocated from India to Canada in the 1970s.
Speaking of knowing a gay Sikh student who killed himself after his parents refused to accept his sexual orientation, Agarwal feared he would never have his dream wedding with family and friends.
After coming out in 2011, Agarwal said his parents, Vijay and Sushma were “both stunned”.
But, despite Rishi fearing the worst, his parents accepted him with open arms, spending three days learning as much as they could about LGBT issues.
His parents even started a chapter of PFLAG in Peel.
When he asked if they wanted him to leave their home, his parents said: “You’re still out son and we love you”.
Adding that they blamed their own “ignorance”, his mum said: “This is strictly our baggage, what we bring from India.”
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So Rishi and Dan married, after they met in 2011, performing all of the traditions of a ‘big fat Hindu wedding’.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could have the wedding that I wanted with the person I loved and with all my family and my friends,” Rishi said to local media outlets of his big day.
They couple now want to share their story to show that acceptance is key, and how families can pull together to celebrate with the same traditions as with any other couple.
“In order to run a lot of those ceremonies, you really need everyone, the community’s involvement, otherwise it doesn’t really work,” said Rishi.
“Unfortunately, others have not had that support in their lives.”