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FINDING PEACE — AND YOURSELF:AMONG THE MAYHEM

Ryan Lanji’s rediscovery of Bollywood music was the key to reconciling his sexual identity with his Indian heritage, and now he’s helping other queer Asians do the same

Location The Hoxton Shoreditch

Beta [son in Hindi], why must you go on live television and be in the newspapers telling everyone your story?” asked my mother with concern. We were talking on the phone before the latest instalment of my increasingly popular East London queer Bollywood hip-hop night Hungama. I had just been on the BBC with Victoria Derbyshire, chatting about the importance of sexual-health testing in the South Asian community.

“Mum!” I replied impatiently, “I told you that I need to do this; I am trying to help my people.” I felt my inner shame waking from its slumber, its smile growing as it heard my vulnerability, and its knuckles cracking as it prepared to cast a shadow back over my life.

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