Homosexuality is one topic that we do not wish to talk about or discuss about. In a country, where still love marriages and arranged marriages are looked down upon, in a society, wherein you can get married only if you belong to the same caste, religion, locality, Economic background, sub-caste, skin color, race. Given the present scenario, we may have abolished a few barbaric practices and accept new traditions, but one thing that is still pending to do is remove the myths that we have about homophobia in our mind.
A person who belong to the LGBT community, is a person as normal as you and me. For example, they have emotions, they eat food with their hands, breathe through their nose, think using their brains, they are sensitive and many a times do fall in love and also want to get married and may be have their own family someday, isn’t this all that every human being does and wants ? Then why are we separating the LGBT Communities and criminalizing them.
A petition will be heard before the Supreme Court in a couple of days with respect to the abolishment of Section 377 but can law be implemented in our society if the society itself is not ready to come out of its phobia ? Our Idea of Gays and Lesbians are limited to Feminine men and Manly women (Courtesy: Bollywood) but I am sure the people who are Gay and Lesbians are definately not what is shown in them.
Let us now talk about a few myths about Homosexuality and LGBT Community that exist in our country. The most interesting part is I came to know about all these myths, when I read the comments below the articles on Homosexuality, some are hilarious, some are absurd, rest of them will make you facepalm and wish you vanished away from Earth before you read this:
“Homosexuality can be cured by Ayurveda.”
“According to our Indian culture this is not acceptable we have far larger problems to deal with at the moment, better to keep aside.”
“Next will be legalizing sex with animals and the logic given will be ‘IF YOU CAN EAT THEM , YOU CAN F**K THEM AS WELL’.”
“It’s not basic right… It’s a kind of disorder… We need to tell such people about it and had to make them realise that it’s against nature’s law.”
“When Human beings deviate from the path of God they try to find Peace in the path shown to them by the Devil yet they are Depressed. I just can’t understand how can anyone endorse such Un Natural acts. Trust me you still can’t satisfy your self after doing such horrendous act, what will you do after this?”
“This is personal thing so keep it personal no need to go outside and make it and raise that flag especially of it is a country that does not legalise it.”
“Homosexuality can be cured by Yoga – Baba Ramdev.”
And there are enough examples offline. At a public convention organised by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, leaders of major religions warned the government and political parties against legalising homosexuality. Calling efforts to decriminalise homosexuality a “filthy experiment”, the religious leaders said in the resolution, “We will never accept it if they (government and political parties) do it ignoring religious teachings, eastern culture and opinion of the overwhelming majority of the people.”
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I guess till the time we do not openly talk about sex and have proper sex education, which teaches us that the purpose of sex is beyond procreation and show off of ‘male power’, it would be tough to make our society accept homosexuality.
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