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I Was Portrayed Lesbian Which Embarrassed Me: Aashka Goradia

Aashka and actress Juhi Parmar opened up about their journeys in the industry.

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I Was Portrayed Lesbian Which Embarrassed Me: Aashka Goradia
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TV actress Aashka Goradia says her sexuality was portrayed in a wrong way which in turn embarrassed her in front of her parents.

On Zee TV’s “JuzzBaatt… Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak”, Aashka and actress Juhi Parmar opened up about their journeys in the industry.

“My sexuality was portrayed in a wrong way. I was intentionally made to come across as a lesbian on this reality show through editing tricks and it was extremely embarrassing for me and my parents. I was rubbing balm on a sick fellow inmate’s body after she had broken into an allergic reaction,” said Aashka in a statement to IANS.

“I was putting my hand inside her blanket so as not to embarrass her about her rash on national television and they made it look like something else was going on. At that point, I was inside the house as per the show’s format and wasn’t even around to defend myself. When my mother visited me, she told me about how I was being depicted in the media and how everyone had started questioning my sexuality,” she added.

Aashka Goradia with her husband Brent Goble
Aashka Goradia with her husband Brent Goble, flickr

“But, the show’s host, my friends and the entire media fraternity came out in my support and tried their best to salvage the situation. And, today I want to take this opportunity to let the whole world know that I am happily married to a very handsome man and extremely content with being straight.”

Recalling an incident on another reality TV show, Juhi narrated how a show edited scenes to make her look like a “vamp”.

Juhi said: “The show that I did was for couples and I had participated with my ex-husband Sachin… the footage was edited in a completely shocking manner almost as if to change the entire meaning of what was actually happening.”

“I was shown in a negative light to break my otherwise holier-than-thou ‘bahu’ image, while Sachin was portrayed as a ‘bechara’. I was shocked when I came to know that they made me look like a vamp on-screen. It was not a pleasant experience at all,” she added. (IANS)

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Chinese Lesbian Dating App “Rela” Disappears, Sparking Fears of Discrimination regarding Same-Sex Marriages

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Screen grab of China's Rela dating site app. RFA
May 31, 2017: China appears to have shuttered the lesbian app Rela, prompting some to wonder if the move is a part of state censorship of LBGT rights following a ruling in Taiwan earlier this paving the way for same-sex marriages.

The company said in a brief statement on its official account on the social media platform Sina Weibo that it had temporarily suspended the app for “important adjustments to the service.”

The app is no longer available on the iOS or Android app stores.

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Weibo users hit back at the app’s disappearance, although many said they believed it would make a comeback.

“Rela was the best app I have ever used,” user @ataimi commented. “I will wait for it for as long as the company doesn’t close down.”

“The reason it has been shut down isn’t necessarily because it was gay,” wrote @yueguan_Sywwwww, while @jiujilanger added: “I have no words.”

“I was just wondering today why I couldn’t sign on,” wrote @maoyihelianwu, while @Zeen1123 added, in a reference to the disapproval of lesbians by straight men in China.

“Homosexuality isn’t illegal, so I don’t know why they’ve shut Rela down, unless it’s a manifestation of straight-male cancer.”

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And @chalegedawan added: “One day, love and equality will triumph over discrimination and oppression, as long as we keep speaking out.”

Social pressure

Homosexuality was officially regarded as a mental illness in China until 2011, and LGBT people face huge social pressure to marry and have children.

Last month, China’s Cyberspace Administration shuttered gay dating app Zank, saying it had broadcast “pornographic content.”

A thorough investigation found that the apps failed to take responsibility for providing safe content, official media reported.

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“For example, some hosts wore military uniforms or army badges, while others were scantily clad and displayed seductive behavior,” according to state broadcaster CGTN.

“Some of them even spread private Wechat and QQ accounts, luring fans to engage in pornography via social platforms,” it said.

U.S.-based rights activist Liu Qing said homosexuality has long been a documented part of China’s history and culture.

“Homosexuality in China has generally been tolerated, compared with a lot of other places,” Liu said. “But there are still a lot of people with very backward-looking, feudal attitudes in China, in spite of the scientific evidence that shows it is a natural phenomenon.”

“[This leads to] a lot of deliberate discrimination against gay people, unlike in western democracies, which have generally begun to protect their rights.”

‘No big deal’

China’s state propaganda machine last week warned the country’s media not to “make a big deal” of a May 26 ruling by Taiwan’s constitutional court that effectively legalized same-sex marriages in two years’ time.

But rights groups welcomed the landmark ruling, and called on other governments in the region to follow suit.

In April 2016, a court in the central Chinese province of Hunan rejected a complaint filed by a gay man against the government for refusing his application to marry his male partner.

Sun Wenlin, 26, had filed the historic complaint against the Furong district civil affairs bureau in Hunan’s provincial capital Changsha, after officials from the bureau refused to allow him and his partner Hu Mingliang to register their marriage there. (RFA)

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