‘No need of special schools for LGBT community, let them part of our society’

Padma Iyer  with her gay son Harish Iyer

Padma Iyer with her gay son Harish Iyer/Facebook


“It should be told that anyone is free to love anyone,” says Padma Iyer


Padma Iyer, former reservationist at ITC Welcomgroup Hotels, Palaces and Resorts, who hit the news after placing ad in the national dailies asking gay partner for her son Harish Iyer, openly tells her views on the education of  LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.

Padma, who is also an icon with her activities to support LGBT community, says she don’t feel that LGBT education should be treated as a separate thing. It should be inculcated in the curriculum. It should be told that anyone is free to love anyone. This education of universal love should extend from sexuality to even caste, creed and religion. Padma shares her thoughts on education with EP

Padma Iyer/Facebook

Padma Iyer/Facebook

Is there a need to have a separate mechanism for the education of LGBTs?

I don’t feel it should be a separate thing. It should be inculcated in the curriculum. It should be told that anyone is free to love anyone. This education of universal love should extend from sexuality to even caste, creed and religion.

Leo Varadkar, an openly declared gay celebrity is the prime minister of Ireland now; media outlets call him the first gay prime minister of a country. Your take on this.

He will be judged for the policies he makes. Not for the gayness he exudes.

Belonging to a group that is discriminated against, helps one develop some amazing coping skills. That was Leo would benefit and so will France. However, when he decides on policies, he will be judged for being a Prime Minister and not a gay prime minister.

Recently, a separate school for transgender community was launched in Kerala. Will it make any difference?

The transgender school would help people who are different to blossom in a company of the people they feel their own. It will help develop their creative and social skills. However, they would need to be attuned to the real world with all kinds of people eventually

Is there something for India to adapt on LGBT issues from other countries?

I think it is nice that a gay man is in the top job of Ireland. Gay people go through challenges that give them a different and unique perspective of things. However, his work will be his work and not gay or straight.

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