“Homosexuality has never been considered a crime in Hindu culture. According to their dominance, tendencies show up & may change. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar One of Hinduism's core teachings is that every being is Divine or a reflection of Divine qualities, regardless of one’s outer attributes.
In fact, Lord Ayyappa was born of Hari-Hara (Vishnu & Shiva). Nobody should face discrimination because of their sexual preferences. Aside from the humanitarian imperative to offer equal treatment to all, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) believes that this and other fundamental and ancient Hindu teachings may allow Hindus to more openly embrace LGBT rights and marriage equality.
Decisions about dating and marriage can also be decisions about whether to stay within their community: Zoroastrianism is a patriarchal tradition, so the children of Zoroastrian women who marry outside the faith are not accepted, and even shunned, in many communities.To put it provocatively, an LGBT person who lives selflessly and has mastered his or her impulses (sexual or otherwise) is actually closer to moksha than a non-LGBT person who is a slave to desires.Thus, Hindus cannot point to anything in the sruti texts that supports treating LGBT persons as being inferior to non-LGBT persons, let alone supports their persecution.In this paper, we seek to elucidate these aspects and, at the same time, elaborate on the legislative history of LGBT rights in India.While the equal religio-spiritual potential of all individuals is key to understanding a Hindu basis for dignity for LGBT persons, so too is the way in which Hindu religious texts and teachings are approached.