Should sexuality be treated like an open book?

Mumbai: Karan Johar’s sexuality has long been a topic of speculation and debate in the public forum. Excerpts from Karan’s upcoming biography, The Unsuitable Boy, were published recently, in which he opened up a little further about his life. “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is,” he wrote. “I don’t need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won’t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this. Which is why I, Karan Johar, will not say the three words that possibly everybody knows about me.” His ‘confession’ was met with acceptance by some, while other — especially representatives of the LGBTQ community — panned him for not coming out in the open and leading by example. We ask people from the film industry and prominent members of the LGBTQ community, if it is fair to appoint a reluctant Karan as the flag bearer for the community, who should lead by example, or should his sexual preference be his own private business. Is he doing the community a service or disservice by keeping his silence?

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