Growing up as a first generation Indian-American kid is so different than being raised by parents who were born here and have a legacy in this country.
My parents moved to America from India to live a better life with more educational opportunities for my brother and I.
To put it provocatively, an LGBT person who lives selflessly and has mastered his or her impulses (sexual or otherwise) is actually closer to moksha than a non-LGBT person who is a slave to desires.
Thus, Hindus cannot point to anything in the sruti texts that supports treating LGBT persons as being inferior to non-LGBT persons, let alone supports their persecution.
When Parsi Zoroastrians, having fled Persian persecution, arrived on Indian soil sometime between the 8th and 10th centuries, the story goes, an Indian ruler sent a cup full of milk.
The intention, clearly, was to convey that India was filled to the brim.
It seems that an article was written to a well-founded magazine, by an English woman who requested a response from Indian men.
I'm so glad she got what she asked for (and more)!!!
Before I became engaged, whenever I went out I was constantly approached by Indian men, willing to wine and dine me and give me the world If Indian women are so up in arms about us being with their men, why don't they look at themselves and make some changes.
Roughly a dozen centuries later, many Parsis have settled in the diaspora, where they’re encountering a different challenge: assimilation and a not-too-distant scenario in which, some worry, there will be no Zoroastrians left in the world. This worry is often directed toward young Zoroastrians, whose minds—and perhaps more importantly, hearts—may determine the future of the religion.
Decisions about dating and marriage can also be decisions about whether to stay within their community: Zoroastrianism is a patriarchal tradition, so the children of Zoroastrian women who marry outside the faith are not accepted, and even shunned, in many communities.
While this move was one of the best decisions they ever made, there have also been some major conflicts about how to adapt to the American culture while preserving our Indian heritage.
My parents, along with many other Indian parents, have these crazy expectations about how we, the children, should lead our lives.