No….We aren’t late in talking about it! There is never a belated time to talk about it. I am here indicating towards the ”Pride Parade” that took place on the 12th of November. While most media/ social media platforms went ballistic with pre and post releases of it, we chose to sit back and be sensitised….towards the effort, the fight and contemplate on why there is even a need for the struggle! It was not merely an event to be covered, it was a fight to finish, to be accepted against the regressive social conformities that restrict the freedom to BE!
Imagine being denied the right to education, marriage and even love?!….Only because your dress and gender preferences don’t conform to what the society measures as acceptable?! it is downright autocratic to even have an order such as section 377 in the Constitution! The Indian society, by virtue of the mindsets and constraints, is an intolerant society. No matter how much of the Democratic, Secular nature of the country we reiterate, the fact of the matter is that ”Freedom”….is desperately wanting!
A sight not too uncommon is a raised eyebrow, a frown or a snigger when approached by trans-dressers at traffic lights, derogatorily addressed as ”hijra”…..to the extent of using the word as an abuse to strip a man of his masculinity? Instead, Maybe you could raise the definition of ”manliness” to respect people for their individual sexual preferences? Maybe a little more human to accept another as one too! Imagine being forced into an inclination that defies all of your individual being and being made to live with it!! I call it ”Rape”!!
Being A lesbian, a gay, a tranvestite, a trans-dresser, …….is a natural instinct, a personal choice, an individual right, as much as it is for a man and a woman to indulge in a romantic or sexual relationship!! In a timeline, where we claim to be a fearless, educated, opinionated…read ”intellectual” brigade priding in our unabashed and indulgent lifestyles, are we really? Do we have the grit to stand apart from the so called pseudo broad-mindedness and be as unabashed about supporting and accepting the ”queer”….the ”difference”….any difference?? I know I do!