an article on homosexuality by Naina Chitravanshi
On 6th September, 2018, the Supreme Court of India invalidated a part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and, homosexuality was finally made legal in India. By striking down this law from the colonial-era, a glimmer of hope, like a new sun had dawned upon, equality finally had a definite meaning.
It’s almost two years since this monumental change took place, but, looking around us, how much has actually changed? The mental mind state of our community still stays intolerant of the LGBTQIA community, as if they’re what’s wrong with our community, and not their refusal to broaden their perspective and the infamous “it’s not natural”. Who decides what natural and what isn’t? If we all are different and meant to reach different destinations in our lifetime, why is the freedom to love not given to everybody? Every year in June, the world celebrates Pride Month, in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the first widespread movement celebrating the LGBTQIA community. On the morning of June 28th, 1969, a Gay Bar was raided by the police and these spontaneous riots were a response to the intolerant mindset of the people in the 1960s. As the riots progressed, an international Gay Rights Movement started. The members of the community witness a lot of hate crimes against them, along with sexual assaults and banishment from the society. A lot of families disown their own children who belong to the LGBTQIA community. So many people belonging to this community suppress their true sexuality inside them, in order to achieve acceptance into the society.
To live in a world where each person is allowed to express their uniqueness and their true selves without the fear of criticism, still, seems like a utopian dream. But, to achieve that, is our goal. To live in a society, where everyone respects everyone, where intolerance is an ancient practice, where there is harmony, is the goal. One day, we’ll reach the horizons.
“We are powerful because we have survived.”