By- Shivam Sharma

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LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer .Over the Period of last 10 years ,People from these groups are gaining more acceptance and tolerance in India .In India most people from this community face discrimination from people of society including their own families, who see homosexuality as shameful. LGBTQ are gaining more recognition in Urban areas, but in Rural areas there is sill a lot of discrimination, where LGBT people often face rejection from their families and forced to marry opposite sex.

According to section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), is an act that criminalises homosexuality and was introduce in the 1861 during the colonial rule in India. This act is defined as Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine[1]. However, on 06th September 2018, in a Historical verdict given in Supreme court decriminalized this section allowing the gay sex among the consenting adults in private. The SC ruled that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime saying sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it (Decision given in Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India[2])

Today, homosexuality and queer identities could also be acceptable to more Indian youths than ever before but within the boundaries of families, homes and schools, acceptance still remains a continuing struggle for LGBT people. I even have heard of individuals beginning of the closet and declaring to their families that they’re not the person their family expected them to be. Being a Lgbtq is neither a choice nor a problem. LGBT individuals are merely individuals who have sexual preferences that differ from what would seem to be the ‘norm’, thanks to differing learned behaviours and, you know, having a private perspective and mindset that differs from everyone else’s. Saying that it’s objectively wrong for people to possess sexual preferences that differ from the norm is objectively wrong itself.

Most of the people don’t know about Pride month and when it is celebrated. So, through this article I’ll give you all a brief about what you need to know. Every year in Month of June on 28th day the Pride month is celebrated which is dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community and their right to live a dignified life. Pride month is about acceptance, equality and education in pride history. In India first Pride march was held by Kolkata. Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk (KRPW) is the oldest pride walk in India and in South of Asia. The first march in Kolkata was organised on 2nd July 1999. The walk was called The Friendship Walk. Kolkata was chosen as the first city to host the march because of Kolkata’s history of movements for human and Political Rights. Ashok Row Kavi [3]also known as amma aka the mother of the gay community. He is the first man to publicly come out as gay in India around 1984.he also founded the Mumbai-based LGBT rights NGO Humsafar Trust in 1994 and is one of the many who have petitioned to remove the discriminatory Section 377.

[1] Section 377 in The Indian Penal Code

[2] AIR 2018 SC 4321; W. P. (Crl.) No. 76 of 2016 D. No. 14961/2016


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