“I want to be cuddled and hugged in India”

He dazzles on the dance floor, while his witticisms keep everyone entertained. Also known as ‘Empress Xara’, Adam is Bengaluru’s first drag queen, but his journey as a member of the city’s LGBTQIA+ community wasn’t an easy one. He has faced a lot of humiliation due to his sexual orientation, and was subjected to comments like “Aye Hijda, please don’t dress like that. Dude, you’re a guy, how can you like other guys?” In a candid chat with us, Adam opens up about his struggles. Excerpts: