#lgbt :)

Just last week I realised how incredibly backward most of us are when it comes to LGBT and LGBT rights, when a friend of mine said  “Oh no- he isn’t gay! I know what a gay person looks like..”

Honestly, what does a gay person look like?

The words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ are considered insults, and calling someone that is the greatest sin one can possibly commit. Barely anyone knows what bisexual means, and transgender equals chakka.

The Indian constitution doesn’t help out either. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1861 makes homosexual sex punishable by law and carries a ten-year sentence.

And that makes me think- why are we so against homosexuality? Why are we against love, and the fact that in the end, we’re all human?

What we call LGBT was accepted in ancient India,and the famed temples of Khajuraho are evidences to this, as are our epics, puranas and myths. The Rigveda says ‘Vikriti evam prakriti’ which translates to ‘the unnatural is natural’. The Mahabharata tells us about Shikhandi, a male who is born female. And yet we Indians consider it to be ‘against our culture’… 😕

There isn’t even a word for ‘homosexual’ in many Indian languages today. How can one come out of the closet, and realise that he is nothing? How can we punish people for love? We are are proud of a history we barely comprehend. We consider ourselves bearers of Indian culture- but do we even know what Indian culture is about?

The world is changing, and we must change with it too. India cannot remain stagnant within its antiquated ideas while the rest of the world moves ahead. Section 377 is no longer relevant in modern society- and yet it stays, a relic of India’s colonial past, for we have considered it a part of our heritage.

We pride ourselves on being the world’s largest democracy- but how can we call ourselves a democracy when 2.5 million voices are not heard?

India’s future lies in the hands of its young. It’s time we embraced love, and walked hand in hand towards a more liberal future..

people

🙂

By-

Arya

9 thoughts on “#lgbt :)

  1. When it comes to being so-called gay or lesbian, people have a choice. We cannot change what gender we are, it is the way we were made. It is a sin, and you are right, we are all humans. But when it comes to when people are saying I want to be a woman (example, Bruce Jenner) we are sinful humans. This act is not natural. We should love them, but we should teach them the right way, because deep down inside, there’s a conscience telling them that what they are doing is wrong. Why should we be forced to agree with them? Why is it that they try to look like regular couples. Why are they shaming Christians for their beliefs? Because they are guilty, and they are trying so hard to make it seem right in their mind. They are pushing America to support things that some of us do not agree with. There are many political problems with this, but I know I’ve preached enough, lol. Interesting blog, though!

    ❤ Lilac

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    1. Hi Lilac,
      We believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, and so are you. 🙂
      We, at TheIndianAvaaz, believe that we must accept people for who they are, and what they are. We believe that homosexuality is not a sin, and as you put it, ‘that is the way they were made.’

      Thank you for reading through this and telling us what you think!

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  2. Hi Indian Avaaz, I like your blog a lot and I totally agree with what you wrote! I mean it when I say that I think it’s great the way that you are speaking up. Things are really different here in Norway compared to India. I am 11 years old and I live in Norway. I also have a blog, it is about my two silly and weird cats Sasha and Lola. Check it out : https://2bloggingcats.wordpress.com/ . Keep up the good work!! 🙂

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  3. Epic Article! People in my school nowadays really use the term ‘chakka’ and ‘gay’ to offend people! it always strikes me, “what if those people are actually gay?” India is not a country where people can be gay and proud. it’s a country where being gay IS a crime, and also something to be ashamed of. Calling someone gay really affects them right now. The person will definitely get thoughts whether he is gay or not. Sadists; I call those who call others gay as a means of offense.

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    1. Hey Ishaan,
      It’s horrible to see people using ‘gay’ and ‘chakka’ as insults- because they aren’t bad things to be! At least things are improving, even if they are slow- apparently section 377 might soon be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

      Let’s hope better things are afoot! 🙂

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  4. *waves* I am incredibly impressed to see two other young girls writing their opinions. Good for you 🙂 I disagree with you on this one, but not the heart of it. I too believe that we should love and protect those who are gay and lesbian from unfair laws and unfair hate but I also believe that that lifestyle is a sin. Now, saying this does not mean that I hate them, it just means I disagree with their lifestyle. I grieve for them and wish to be able to help in any way I can. A lie we learn very quickly in life is that love and acceptance of someone’s choices are the same. I can love someone and disagree with their choices. I believe that we should love everyone, respectfully disagree, and help when we can.

    Again, it was encouraging to hear an opinion that differed from mine that was not attacking people who disagree with them. Many people don’t write that way. Continue to be a voice of peace, my dears, no matter your opinions. 🙂

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    1. *waves back*

      I love what you’ve said in “I believe that we should love everyone, respectfully disagree, and help when we can.” because that’s something we all must do! Disagreement shouldn’t be violent, it should be peaceful debate- something a lot of people (adults too!) don’t understand today.

      I’m curious to know why you think homosexuality is a sin- I mean, after all, people don’t choose an orientation and they can’t help being what they are.

      Thanks for reading our blog and letting us know your opinion 🙂

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      1. I believe it’s much more complicated than being “born that way”. I’m not going to get into a debate because debates are messy and long and emotional (especially with this issue and it’s a very sensitive subject for so many people) and I would much rather see you face to face so you know that I speak this in love 🙂 I’m not saying homosexuality is the ONLY sin, I’m saying that it’s A sin and not worse than any of mine. But again, I respect those who disagree, but I must disagree with them respectfully. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but if you can not speak those beliefs in love, what kind of beliefs are those? I can not simply say that homosexuality is a sin and then not love homosexuals. Rather, because of my belief, I should love them more, I should reach out to them more. I fear that I fail at this too much because of my all too human nature. But I wish for everyone to know that God loves them dearly even if my imperfect human love fails them.

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