Hello, how is everyone doing?
This post is a part of my ongoing project called #TowardsEquality where every week for seven weeks, I discuss the factors that are related to or in some form influence equality. Today, we will talk about LGBTQ+ which in India is a frozen concept. Why frozen? you ask. When something that exists in its natural form and is not openly talked about, not legally accepted, not understood publically, it freezes. LGBTQ+ (for those who didn’t know) stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning.
let’s discuss the layers of this aspect :-
- Homophobia – Which shockingly is an actual term. (I know right) If you take my opinion then this term shouldn’t even exist. What are you scared of? Are you scared of humans being their natural selves? Let me tell you something when you go around promoting homophobia you make people doubt themselves. You make them question their sanity. You make them believe that there is something wrong with them. And that they are not normal and that they shouldn’t be themselves in public. I am sorry, but if being yourself is a crime then freedom is an illusion.
- Against the Culture – You see being homosexual/transexual/straight is honestly not a choice. There is no switch you can turn on and off as and when required. It is as natural as breathing. To those why say it’s against Indian culture let me inform you that the Hindu mythology has signs/evidence and stories correlating to homosexuality. So this is definitely not a trend of the west or a disease. That can be cured. Even animals can be homosexuals. Do we have a problem with that too?
- Legalization – Another aspect that in my opinion, shouldn’t exist. Hear me out, the laws of the constitution are made by human beings, right? So how can one person have the right to validate another? And about the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code all, I have to say is, this is not the India I envisioned while growing up. This is not the India I learned about in my Social Studies textbooks.
- Final Thoughts – In the end, all I am asking is please don’t judge or hate people who are different. It is not easy being different and it becomes extremely hard when you criminalize it. Imagine waking up and hating yourself for not being like everybody else. It sounds painful, doesn’t it? Don’t judge or hate someone because you are insecure by their sexual preferences. And please stop using the word ‘gay’ as an insult or as an antonym to manly. You are a better person than that.
I would like to conclude by saying that let’s make love overshadow hate, shamelessly. We need to stick together and especially now. Let’s just keep hoping, alright?
A few of you amazing people out there and I will link their posts down below. It’s not too late to take part and if you want to know how to, just click on this link (#TowardsEquality PROJECT Pt – 1)
Towards Equality #1 by Shalini
Towards Equality #2 by Shalini
WHY ME? by Aashi
And until next time……