Happy Pride Month: After all, Love is Love
Rainbows are everywhere and all to make a stand for equality. The month of June is celebrated as LGBT Pride Month all across the globe against discrimination and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. It is celebrated to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969 by the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid that took place on the morning of 28th June in New York City. This is considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement. From then, till today has been quite a long and an arduous battle for equality. Last year, not only the LGBT community of India but all the people across the nation were jubilant on the declaration of Section 377 as unconstitutional. Still remains a question, “Are they deferentially accepted in our society?”
Homosexuality now may have become acceptable to youth more than ever but under family and peer pressure, the freedom to openly express their gender choices is not viable. The stories of family acceptance of homosexuality shown in web series are of urban India and the same does not happen in the rural areas. Even in educated urban India, suicides by LGBT individuals make headlines every year. Recently a lesbian couple in Gujarat committed suicide by jumping into Sabarmati river. They left a suicide note, “We have left this world to live with each other” written over it. Not only this, even in London, a lesbian couple was forced to kiss each other by a bunch of boys and on not doing so, the couple was viciously beaten by them. Another incident occurred where a US man targeted LGBT individuals and killed two gay and a transgender woman. And all these cases happened when the Pride Month kicked off, What an irony!
Humanity truly owes an apology to the members of the LBGTQ+ community for obloquy and ostracism that they have suffered since centuries. Harvey Milk rightly said, “It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” With June coming to end, let's take a vow to make this world a better place for all our friends and not only during the days of Pride Month, but every day, every year.
Blog by: Kritika Kashyap
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