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Woke culture has encouraged many of us to educate ourselves on several issues, including the socio-cultural conversations around the LGBTQ+ community. However, sexuality and gender are complex to understand, and often get reduced to myths, stereotypes and over-simplification.

While many of our friends, peers, or acquaintances share hearsay stories about homosexuality, there’s a gay couple from the heartland of India that has taken to a podcast to debunk some of the most common myths about gay relationships. Yogi & Kabeer recently launched their Spotify Original podcast Shuddh Desi Gay, wherein they take listeners on a journey through their story of love, relationships, and life.

What kind of misconceptions and myths, you ask? Let’s dive right in.

Dating’s easy: While this may seem to come easy to a heterosexual couple – the two could bump into each other at work, a party, a grocery store or even through the plethora of dating apps out there – same-sex couples are almost always limited to events held specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. True, they could explore dating apps. But so many questions come into play. Are these apps safe for members of the community? Can others be trusted? What precautions should a gay person take while swiping right? The list is seemingly endless. And so, while that meet-cute may seem dreamy, it’s super tough to come by for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The rules of monogamy don’t apply: Once you’ve found that perfect someone, all that almost anyone wants is to just be with them, right? This is usually accepted when it comes to a heterosexual couple. However, when you’re gay, opinions – often based on stereotypes – arise on where you should stand. For instance, those in a committed, same-sex relationship are frequently asked why they’re “wasting being gay by being tied down”. After all, why can’t a same-sex couple love each other the old fashioned way just like many of us do?

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