Sruthy has been the project assistant under the Kerala government’s social justice department and has also been a vocal LGBT+ rights activist in the state. Daya, on the other hand, is a theatre artist and was the first trans person to be elected as a representative to Maharaja College’s student union.
The two made their relationship public in what is being publicly perceived as a huge step forward for the community in the state. They revealed that they had been living together and while they don’t have plans to get married, they surely do want to raise kids.
The path to this has, however, been rife with odds. The couple reportedly kept their feelings for each other under wraps for nearly two years.
Sruthy describes the relationship as a major step in their lives. “I was moving on after a major breakup. She was my support system throughout that journey. This love has grown into something more and now we are living together for a while,” India Today quoted her as saying.
Sruthy and Daya coming out as a couple increases visibility of all sapphic relationships which don’t subscribe to a cis-normative definitions of lesbianism. It is also a story of love and hope which centres in on a community which is often only covered by the mainstream media for the trauma they endure. Cheers to Sapphic joy, this lesbian visibility week!