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  • 15 Aug 2018, News 18

Keep The Rainbow Out Of The Corporate: The LGBT Community is Desperately Seeking Freedom At Workplace

The bubblegum pink hair makes everyone take a second glance at 24-year-old Armaan Singh*. “They were a nice shade of dark brown a year ago,” he smiles and takes another sip from his second serving of Kiwi Margarita. People continue to stare and occasionally give a mocking smile while looking at Armaan but he says he is used to the attention. “People are always ready to put you down if you stand out; if you’re different.”

Armaan was 15 years old when he came out as gay to his parents. “It was just one of those things I never wanted to hide. Jo hai so hai, yaar (It is what it is).”

Keep The Rainbow Out Of The Corporate: The LGBT Community is Desperately Seeking Freedom At Workplace

While Armaan’s parents and friends are very accepting of his sexuality, “as they should be,” Armaan adds, in 2015 his male colleagues at work welcomed him with ‘inspiringly tasteless’ comments like, “Tu yahaan kaam kaise karta hai? Tera toh pura time khada rehta hoga humko dekhke. (How do you work here? You must be erect the entire time from watching us.)”

Armaan decided to leave a month later after four of his colleagues cornered him in the washroom. “I went there to pee and they came and stood right behind my cubicle. They didn’t do anything but smiled - a smile I’ll never forget. I knew it then that I couldn’t work there. I didn’t want to know what more could happen. I didn’t even want to think about it. I called in sick the next day and a day later I gave my resignation and I was out.”

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About The LaLiT Hotels

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited is India’s largest and the fastest growing privately owned Hotel Company. The company offers Seventeen luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment with eleven operational hotels and six under development/restoration (including three overseas). The operational hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Mumbai, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal (Kerala), The Lalit Jaipur, The Lalit Chandigarh & The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. The Group has also forayed into mid-segment hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho with 25 more hotels planned in the next five years.

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