Sunday, July 5, 2009

Proud To Be Gay

Till now they were criminals, today they are lawfully, free citizens of India, or rather a new India.

Yes, with the reforms in the 149 year old law laid down by the British (Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code), India has entered a new era of freedom. Now people from all over the world will look at India in new light.

Now social acceptance, that is a completely different story, ‘cause it will take more time for the Indian society to accept LGBTs (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender) but if a law can be reformed then so can the society right?

Also there’s a long way to go till our judicial system legalizes gay marriages and adoption by gay couples. But, with all the hard work that gay rights activists are putting in I am sure that will also be a reality pretty soon.

Ignorant people like Baba Ramdev and others, belonging to the numerous religious groups, who oppose and mock the Delhi HC ruling are, I think, stuck between the ages (both modern and ancient). They are unaware of both;

  • The rich history of our ancient culture wherein homosexuality was not new and was not scorned at.
  • Social changes in the modern age wherein homosexuality has again garnered much acceptance around the world.

I conclude this post with a confession;

I have never met or interacted with a gay person. I do not how I would have reacted if I had met one before this. But I make a solemn promise that in case I become or am made aware of a gay person around me in a social gathering/public place, I will not;

  1. Stare at him/her.
  2. Act repulsive or try to shirk away from him/her.
  3. Act in any such way which may emotionally hurt or insult him/her.

P.S. The title is not intended to be pun. With all due respect, the title is not meant to indicate that I am gay.


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All Talk and No Action said...

Nice one !

I am all for the "live and let live" mantra.

But to be frank, I have always felt a little uncomfortable about this whole thing. Maybe, time to change my own set of ideas too.

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ARJuna said...

@All Talk No Action
Well, Basically I feel the same way!

ಜೀವನ ಒಂದು ಪಯಣ... said...

Good Point....Nicely preseted ur thought...

See Homosexuality not only observed in human beings, Studies says many animals are also homosexual (Lizard,Brown Rat,domestic cat...etc...)

And this homosexuality is not new thing it is from ages and era's...
so why to consider that an offecnce or is their idividual freedom how to choose the partner and what kind right...:)