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What being gay in India really means!

Before judging someone, before belittling their pain, before shunning them, we ought to, at least once, walk a few miles in their shoes. We ought to feel what they feel, see what they see to understand what they have to go through.

So, let’s take a look at what being gay in India really means.

In India, being gay means

1. You are a criminal… at least according to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code you are, as it criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of nature”.

2. You are sick, like literally, and all you need is a doctor, some pills, shock treatment, if necessary, and you will be back to “normal” in a jiffy!

3. You will be isolated. Well, in India, all diseases are infectious. AIDS, physical disability, mental instability, being gay are just few among many.

4. You are just being a naughty kid. So, you will be given the recommended dose of slaps, kicks and sticks.


Can we really get there?

5. If you are still being naughty, well, it’s time to pack your bags and leave the house, or worse, marry a “normal person”, against your will of course.

6. You are incorrigibly influenced by the ‘West’. Yeah, and so are these 2 married tribal lesbians living in a village in Odisha.

7. You will have to live incognito, because there are high chances that your friends or colleagues may not remain so amiable after they come to know your true sexual identity.

8. You are most likely to be left homeless or forced in to a slum, because “dignified” co-operative housing societies will not let you rent or buy even if you can afford it.

9. You are just a frequently-cracked joke at “straight” people’s get-togethers.

10.You are very likely to become just a statistical data in the nation’s suicide rate, unemployment rate, rate of poverty, prostitution, rapes, divorces.

Why? Because a 154 year old law refuses to acknowledge you as normal or even natural. 

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Vandana Baria

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