Gay rights advocates in India and around the world are mourning the death of ‘committed, passionate, inspiring, nurturing, visionary’ activist Shivananda Khan, who passed away on Monday (20 May).
‘[Khan] forged a pioneering path across the decades in helping achieve rights and equality for LGBT individuals and communities in diverse geographies and sociocultural environments from Europe to Asia and the Pacific,’ said a statement from the organization he helped found, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM).
Khan was found dead at his home in Lucknow, India on Monday morning. The cause of death is unknown but the Times of India quoted a police officer suggesting it appeared that he had ‘consumed poison to end his life’. He was unwell with a heart condition for several months.