On the National Coming Out Day, which celebrates individuals who publicly identify themselves as a sexual minority, Aditya Shankar, a member of IIT Bombay’s LGBTQ group Saathi , shares his coming out video with us.

Saathi was formed in 2011 as a resource group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community on the IIT Bombay campus.

Aditya writes…

“It seems so long, yet just like yesterday that I first told anyone. It was 12th August of 2010, on a terrace by the Arabian sea, when I came out to my straight beloved. It escalated rather quickly. One year after that, I had somehow crossed a threshold and had started telling everyone around me. Queer- seemed to a mot juste. An apt word. Slowly and gradually, I kept breaking one inhibition after the other. Finally, I told ma last month, thereby completing in a sense my coming out journey. Here’s my coming out video.”