The Constitution of #India provided us the fundamental rights under Article 15 which says that “Prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.” This is sad to say that we all violate this as still in the modern world we are failing to give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (#LGBT) their rights to live in freedom.

When we hear that someone is LGBT — many terms come in our minds like, “Kinnar,” “Chakkas,” “Meetha,” “Lunj,” “Khasuya.”

In many regional languages, these are the terms which we used to say when we address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in India.

Sometime being LGBT means that losing your loved ones, treated as a joke in the friends circle, turning into black sheep of the house, being abused by unknown people, when others feared to stand with you as you spoiled their social image and Being forced by the society to lock yourself in the closet and die in isolation as you don’t deserve a life because they don’t think you are normal.

Most of the time children have to struggle to make the world realize that they are normal and nothing is wrong with them as they all have a fear of getting isolated from the society. This eternal fight is deadly as your body says something and your emotion the other. In the beginning, children born in this way start lying to themselves and become the slave of the society and start living in the way they are not.

In many places in India children as well as adults were punished for their sexual orientation.

What the law says

Chapter XVI, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1860, introduced during the Britsh rule in India, Criminalises sexual activities “against the order of nature,” including bisexual activities. The section was decriminalized with respect to sex between consenting adults by the high court in 2009 and from then many judgments overturned by the Supreme Court. Recently India’s Supreme Court issued a historic ruling confirming the right of the country’s LGBT people to “express their sexuality without discrimination.”

According to a 2017 poll carried out by International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, 58% of Indian people were agreed that Gay, Lesbian and Bisexuals people enjoy the same right as straight people, while 30% disagreed. Additionally, 59% agreed that they should be protected from workplace discrimination. 39% of Indians, however, said that people who are Gay, Lesbian and Bisexuals should charge as criminals.

As for transgender, 66% of Indian people were agreed that they enjoy the same. 62% agreed that they should be protected from workplace discrimination.

Nearly 1,500 arrested last year under India’s anti-gay law. The British, who enacted the law, got rid of it in the 1960s in England. Many countries have got rid of the Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law and now it’s high time for India.

Changing scenario

From the last few years the scenario is changing as Manabi Bandyopadhyay (become the first openly transgender college principle), Sushant Divigikar (Mr India Gay 2014), Laxmi Narayan (trans activist), Manil Suri (India-American mathematician and writer), Prince Manvendra Singh (first openly gay prince) were those people who worked with LGBT youth and are perfect examples of breaking the stereotype. While Multiples Indian athletes, have been subjected to humiliation and decimation on the grounds of a medical checkup and some also committed suicide.

While the Supreme Court is doing a great job by the ruling and judgments that bring good hope among the Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. There are many court decisions which are still pending and need to be decided like anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services, same-sex marriage, LGBT people are not allowed to serve openly in the military, Right to change legal gender and bisexuality declassified as an illness.

Is bisexuality is unnatural?

In February 2014, the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) issued a statement which stated that there is no evidence to prove that bisexuality is unnatural. Though many religions consider bisexuality as a sin, which conducts against the order of nature and considers any individual is falling under this category is criminal. According to many religious books, gender was a fluid concept. If we refer to the ancient’s text, we came across many instances where famous deities change their gender to perform certain purpose. In the ancient time, the bisexuality line is blurred. As in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that “he is the only male rest all are the females, nothing is unnatural if it exists.”

LGBT people around the world face violence and inequality and sometimes torture because of who they are, what they love and how they give the impression of being. Some LGBT people fled to other countries where they are treated as equal to straight people. Though, LGBT community is doing a great job to safeguard their rights as discrimination against an individual by sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity of an individual. We must give respect and love in the same way we wanted from the people as this society is made by us and little change will not harm the society. Let’s make India a place where every gender is welcomed with open-armed.