Gay love unmasked in Chennai
By Sangeetha Neeraja|Express News Service - CHENNAI
28th June 2012 08:40 AM
Rupesh Reddy (22) and Vikrant Prasanna (33), can be considered the first open gay couple from Chennai. Their’s is a love story, straight out of a Kollywood movie. The script, a racy sequence of events, could read: the couple meets on Monday, chats on Tuesday, likes each other on Wednesday, and falls in love on Thursday.
Vikrant, a software engineer, started a support group for gays and bi-sexuals called as Chennai Dost. Vikrant said, “As part of networking exercise and to provide an ice-breaking session, we hosted a party in December 2009. That is where I first met Rupesh. Through the party, we couldn’t stop talking to each other and we exchanged numbers. We decided to meet the next day at the Elliot’s Beach in Besant Nagar. When we met the next day, Vikrant talked non- stop for four hours about his life, his dreams and his disappointments. I was awestruck and speechless. I couldn’t help being impressed by the person he is,” Rupesh said.
That was the beginning of their long love story. After a couple of months from their first meeting, they moved in together into an apartment in Thiruvanmiyur.
Taking about their relationship dynamics, Vikrant said, “Rupesh is still a student, doing his graduation in fashion design. Several of my friends said that I am in for a heart break by being in a relationship with a young guy. I am also aware of the fact that Rupesh is young and evolving, and he might make some new decisions in life. I believe that nobody can keep anyone in a relationship; if two people are in it, it is only because they want to be in it.”
Rupesh said, “Vikrant is my first love. He is not only my lover, but also my mentor and philosopher, I look up to him for any advice and guidance. We deeply care for each other and understand each other well.”
Vikrant has been divorced and has a daughter, who lives with his parents. Vikrant said, “My family knows about my identity; they also know the reason for my divorce. They have met Rupesh and are friends with him. My daughter too is very fond of him.”
Rupesh comes from a business family and wants to be a wedding clothes designer.
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