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Sat, 21 Sep 2019

Northeast Today

All Genders of the Same Love

All Genders of the Same Love
July 26
16:12 2019

Prerna Saikia

On 6 September 2018, Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality, thus bringing an end to the draconian archaic law. The status of the LGBT community in today’s date is still iffy as people in certain sections of the society are still ignorant and uptight about accepting it for what it is.

 

 

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IS BEING A PART OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY STILL A CURSE?

Out of 100, 90 percent of the people are facing issues related to sexuality or opening up about their sexuality, and also not being accepted by their family, friends, or society. There are 73 countries-mostly in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia- where homosexuality is illegal. In this process, LGBT people suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and also people end up committing suicide.  In some nations, homosexuality has been decriminalized, but still, the LGBT people face discrimination, violence and not being accepted by the people.

20 year old, Aryaan Hazarika stated “I am homosexual and am not open about it to everyone but I have discussed it with some of my closest friends.”  When I asked him why even after the verdict on the section 377 people are not being able to open up about their sexuality, he stated “ the reason why am not open up about it is because I am petrified of the people of our society. The first question will be raised on my acceptance.” According to him this is something which is not being encouraged in India, people are not being able to open up because of the perspective like how people going to take it.

22-year-old Purab stated “I am not homosexual. I identify myself as a transguy. Yes am open about it. It’s just my parents and family that am not being able to open up in front of.” When I asked him if he is facing any problem or discrimination then he stated “yes a lot.  At university, college, school in every aspect of my life I am facing. There are only two genders that people are ideally categorised in. What I have seen is instead of educating the people about LGBT+ people don’t want to accept the fact that it is normal to belong in LGBT+.” According to Purab, people belonging into LGBT+ should deserve all the rights that a normal human being has. Also, he stated that “everyone should be set free to explore.”

22-year-old Rupesh stated that “I am gay and proud. Sadly, am closeted but some close friends know about me being gay and they are totally okay with it. I am closeted because am being bullied for being ‘not so manly boy’ since childhood we live in a society where loving someone of your choice makes you a sinner and homosexuality here is still a taboo.” When I asked him what is the main factor that is stopping him to open up about his sexuality then he stated “I don’t want to hurt my old parents, they will never understand what all this is.” Also he stated that even when section 377 was scrapped out, people in India will still be the same, their mindset regarding the community will still be the same, they will still hate us, still call a not so manly guy ‘chakka’, still commit hate crimes against the community.

HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT A PRODUCTION OF WESTERNIZATION

In India some people have the misconception that a concept like homosexuality has occurred due to westernization in India. People like Baba Ramdev who is supposed to know everything about Hinduism, stated in many channels after decriminalization of homosexuality “I invite gay community to my yoga ashram and I guarantee to cure them of homosexuality.” He also stated “homosexuality is not genetic. If our parents were homosexuals, then we would not have been born. So it’s unnatural.”

Homosexuality is not the product of westernization; it’s evident that its roots were seen way before colonial India. Hinduism has traditionally portrayed homosexuality as natural and joyful. Pre-colonial Indian society did not criminalise homosexuality, nor did it view as immoral or sinful. There are various Hindu temples where sculptures practicing same-sex intercourse are depicted. In the temples of Khajuraho, there are images of women erotically embracing other women and men displaying their genitals to each other, which prove that LGBT is not something new it’s been there since pre-colonial time.

 

SEXUALITY IS NOT A CHOICE

LGBT+ is something which is still not so accepted in India even after the 377 verdicts. People need to learn that being a homosexual, or transgender is not a choice, this is a gift of nature that some people have which is as normal as being heterosexual. Being a homosexual is not something against nature.  Rupesh also stated, “they should understand that what happens inside the womb isn’t unnatural!”

It is so easy to show hatred in public, to humiliate people, disrespect people and also to discriminate people on basis of race, gender, cast, religion and somehow so very difficult to show and accept gestures of kindness, respect and love.  Where as we all know which of the two emotions make us a better human being. After all, what matters is love. Be it love to a stranger, an elder, a little one, animals or to a significant other be it a girl, guy or a Trans or whatever they choose to identify as. Love always wins.

 

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(The author is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Comm. and Journalism from Royal Global University. A self confessed movie nerd, her other interests are event management and dancing.)

 

 

 

 

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