“I feel like kissing you today” I said to my girl friend.And I heard a lots of giggles,chuckles from my behind.when I turned to witness what happened , I was insulted ,humiliated with their words and behaviour, by my classmates .Very soon,We both ran away not able to defend our own selves.Later,I was called by my professor along with my dad into the cubicle.There,I stood like a rock when my father was being abused for none of his fault.Just like me, my father remained silent,not just in that room alone,but in all my life.As a result,I had to leave my girlfriend as well as my college.
I was 19 when all of this happened ,yet could not free myself from it.Because, I was called sick for being homosexual,I got many mails threatening for being me.Yet, I was quiet.Because,not just few ,my whole country was feeling the same and unwelcomed me with their little narrow minds.
But today I celebrate the judgement outside the court room hugging my girl and crying out loud for long held emotions
“Yes, I am a lesbian and I have feelings towards a woman.I love a woman,for the same reason that all other men do.I care for her,smile for her,dress up for her,also undress for her.Because I have a heart and it is not a coward”.
Let me tell you what all happened ,how many people,activists were involved to fight a war to be like the way we want to,and to be with the one we want to.
The letters LGBTQIA refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual or allied. Are you confused that all are same.No, they are not and the difference is significant.
Lesbian: A woman attracted to woman
Gay: A man attracted to man
Bisexual: A person attracted to both man and woman
Transgender:A person whose sex is different with their birth sex.
Queer : A person who is still exploring their sexual identity,sexual orientation,gender.
Intersex: A person whose genitals do not match with female’s nor a male’s.
Asexual: A person who do not have sexual feelings.
The initialism LGBT is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. It may be used to refer to anyone who is non hetero sexual or non cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. To incorporate this into LGBT , a letter Q is added for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity, “LGBTQ” has been recorded since 1996.
It is devised by an artist Gilbert Baker from San Francisco.The rainbow flag, usually called as the Gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a sign of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride also LGBT social Movements. This flag was also used as a symbol of peace. The multi-colured flag represents the togetherness and diversity of the community. It represents all religion, race, gender, age and nationality. Each color in the flag reflects some meaning –
Violet is for Spirit,
Blue is for Peace,
Green is for Nature,
Yellow is for Sunlight,
Orange means Healing and
Red is for Life.
This flag consists of six stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is typically flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a rainbow.
A timeline of Section 377
1861: Introduction of Section 377
Section 377 was introduced by British India, based on the Buggery Act of 1533. This was brought into effect in 1860. It defined ‘buggery’ as an unnatural sexual act against the will of God and man, thus, criminalizing homosexuality, in a broader sense.
2001: Naz Foundation files petition against Section 377 in Delhi High Court
In 2001, Naz Foundation filed a petition challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 in the Delhi High Court. They filed a lawsuit to allow homosexual relations between consenting adults.
2003: Delhi HC dismisses Naz Foundation plea
The Delhi High Court dismissed the Naz Foundation petition, saying the body had no standing in the matter. The Naz Foundation appealed the dismissal to the Supreme Court in 2006, which instructed the Delhi High Court to reconsider the case.
2009: Delhi High Court decriminalizes homosexuality
In a landmark decision, the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality among consenting adults, holding it in violation of Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution of India.
2012: Supreme Court overturns the High Court order
In December 2012, the Supreme Court overturned the High Court’s decision, after finding it “legally unsustainable.” A two-judge bench, comprising Justice G S Singhvi and Justice S J Mukhopadhaya observed that the High Court had overlooked the fact that a “minuscule fraction of the country’s population constitutes LGBT,” and that in over 150 years less than 200 people were prosecuted for committing an offence under the section.
The Supreme Court then recommended that the Parliament address the matter because only they had the power to amend the existing laws.
2015: Shashi Tharoor’s Private Member Bill
After the Narendra Modi-led government was sworn-in in 2014, it said it would take a decision regarding Section 377 only after the Supreme Court judgment. In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State (Home) Kiren Rijiju had said, “The matter is sub-judiced before the Supreme Court. A decision regarding Section 377 of IPC can be taken only after pronouncement of judgment by the Supreme Court.”
A year later, when Shashi Tharoor introduced a private member’s Bill to decriminalize homosexuality, the Lok Sabha voted against it.
2016: Five petitioners move Supreme Court over Section 377
Five petitions were filed by S Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur. The petition, filed by well-known LGBTQ activists, claimed their “rights to sexuality, sexual autonomy, choice of sexual partner, life, privacy, dignity, and equality, along with the other fundamental rights guaranteed under Part-III of Constitution, are violated by Section 377.”
2018: Supreme Court begins hearing on Section 377
A five-judge Constitutional bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, begins hearing petitions challenging Section 377.The supreme court ruled that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime,no one has control over it.
This judgement has defanged the British-era of section 377 of Indian Penal Code(IPC) which believed that homosexuality is crime.