Keshav Suri + Cyril Feuillebois
Words: Damien Woolnough
20th September 2018
Trailblazing Indian LGBTQAI activist and rather fabulous hotelier Keshav Suri has married his partner of 10 years, skincare entrepreneur Cyril Feuillebois in Paris.
Keshav Suri posted the celebration and these words to Instagram: love has been empowering. We are NOT inspirational, we are LUCKY! We are
not aspirational we are PRIVILEGED! We celebrate with you all yet we know that only one of us are LEGAL! We celebrate with you all but we know its not FAIR for millions. We are grateful for your LOVE! You have made US! WE ARE yet WE ARE NOT …
Suri met Feuillebois the tiny-pored createor of Kronocare, at an event held at New Delhi’s LaLit Hotel. With luxury properties in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru and London, LaLit Hotel’s were founded by Suri’s late father LaLit Suri.
"10 years of being miserable together, i loved every second of it. Lead the way for the next 10 years babe, am sure it will be torture but i am a sucker for punishment," Suri posted.
One punishment that Suri refuses to tolerate is India's oppressive Section 377 drafted by the British in the 1860s. The section targets: "whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine."
"We need to grow and mature as a society," Suri says. "I am a proud member of the LGBTQI community in India. I have no qualms in admitting that I have been in a committed relationship with an adult male for a decade."
For the wedding Suri and Feuillebois wore ensembles from Shantanu & Nikhil, with just a touch of Balenciaga. The look was slightly more subdued than those worn by performers such as Lady Bunny, Alaska and Willam at LaLit’s Kitty Su nightclubs.
The couple will return to their New Delhi home in Vasant Vihar where Suri will continue to focus on his activism.
"I am from a privileged background. For me, everything in life was so easy. Being born gay in a country where homosexuality is a crime, I decided to help the under privileged rise and shine," Suri told the Hindustan Times.
"I want to tell those from the LGBTQ that they can excel with their talent and live a respectful life. In my company, there is no discrimination in terms of gender. People have been fired in India for undergoing gender change. Because of this, many are forced to let a part of them die every day...we have to change this forever."