Two LGBT activists in Mumbai, India have created a group dedicated to older gay men.
The initiative, Mumbai Seenagers, is a first of its kind and will be a platform for gay men that older than 55 years.
The initiative was started by LGBT activist Ashok Row Kavi and Dr Prasad Dhanhekar.
“It is wonderful to see a large number of online and offline avenues for young gay men opening up in Mumbai, Dhanhekar told the Hindustan Times.
“However, older gay men have their own battles to fight and most of the time, they are fighting alone.”
“I’m nearly a 70-year-old gay man. Now that I’m looking around at people of my tribe, I realise there is so much tragedy and loneliness in their lives,” said Kavi, one of the founders.
“Some of them did not get married because they did not want to ruin a woman’s life while others have grown up children and don’t want them to know their truth.
“So, essentially, they have nowhere to go.”
The first meeting of Mumbai Seenagers is due to take place on July 15.
So far around 40 people have signed up to attend the meetup and a number of volunteers will be helping.
The meeting’s location will be secret in a bid to protect the anonymity of those attending.
“Our aim is to create awareness and more importantly, a safe environment, especially for those who cannot meet, go for picnics, educate themselves,” said Kavi.
The name Mumbai Seenagers, combining the words senior and teenager, is designed to make the, “old boys regain their lively, rebellious streaks, they want to be young again.”