Yes, Mama Ru sang it first, but here’s the physical embodiment of
They. Call. Me. Mother.
Indian hotelier and LGBTQ activist Keshav Suri caused a social media firestorm this weekend by posting a video performing in drag – with his mother!
A video of Suri performing not to Mother, but to a classic Hindi song, had been viewed nearly 50,000 times on Twitter by the time of this post. He said,
“She not only has made life better for me, now with this, is showing parents how it’s done.
Is this the first ever mother/ son/ daughter/ drag dance ever in India?
Someone pinch me, I died, went to drag heaven, and my mother is God!“
Suri married French partner Cyril Feuillebois in Goa in what he described as
“THE gayest wedding ever.“
The couple arrived on golf buggies designed as vintage cars, their sisters walked them down the aisle and their mothers officiated the ceremony.
They decided to renew their vows in India after the Supreme Court dismantled the country’s colonial-era anti-gay law. Suri was one of the LGBTI advocates that petitioned the court against Section 377 of the Penal Code.
The 1861 law criminalized,
“carnal intercourse against the order of nature”
The law applied to anal and oral sex, criminalizing homosexuality, and those convicted under the law faced up to 10 years in jail.
Suri is also executive director of Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. The hotel brand offers jobs to the LGBTQ community and runs gay nightclub, Kitty Su. His NGO Keshav Suri Foundation also works to promote LGBTQ rights.
Suri wrote about performing with his mother,
“Standing there next to a Goddess in or out of drag makes me unworthy almost. She is a beacon of hope to every man/ woman/ child/ binary/ non binary/ parent/ uncle/ aunt that you really CAN make it better for yourself and for everyone around you if you choose to be happy.“
Can I get an amen to that!?
Okay so maybe this needs to go viral. My mother and i performed together for my very first Drag performance. My mother is an inspiration to millions, she is mother india. She not only has made life better for me, now with this, is showing parents how its done pic.twitter.com/nLsddevqyh
— keshavsuri (@keshav_suri) December 15, 2018
(Photo, screen grab; via Gay Star News)