Meeting my childhood hero Lee Majors, I am gripped with a sudden urge to make a confession. In the Seventies, when he was the biggest star on global television, I worked on a market stall in Manchester selling unauthorised Six Million Dollar Man T-shirts. So when, 40 years later, I meet him, I feel obliged to tell him of my foray into contraband. It is hard to exaggerate what a figure Majors, now 80, cut in his Seventies heyday. The couple split in and were later reconciled when Fawcett was diagnosed with cancer. Now with two new knees, the legacy of a career spent insisting on performing his own stunts, as he sits in a London hotel during a rare visit to Britain, he looks trim and well preserved.
India has a limited culture for LGBTQIA people due to widespread homophobia, stemming from colonial implementation of European law, in the modern-day populace. However living conditions and media representation have been improving in recent years, especially in terms of representation of transgender people. Throughout Hindu and Vedic texts there are many descriptions of saints, demigods, and even the Supreme Lord transcending gender norms and manifesting multiple combinations of sex and gender. Alka Pande says that alternate sexuality was an integral part of ancient India and homosexuality was considered to be a form of the sacred, drawing upon the examples of the hermaphrodite Shikhandi and Arjuna who became a eunuch. Ruth Vanita argues that ancient India was relatively tolerant and views on it were ambiguous, from acceptance to rejection. Some Hindu texts mention homosexuality and support them.