condition of lgbt community in india

The first question from where we will start this article is that what is this LGBT community? who are the people which are a part of this community? So, the LGBT community is the combined group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and LGBT organizations. we all are totally familiar with the present condition of these people in our society. The environment and the conditions in which they live are horrible and there is an urgent need to get this thing in light.

Although there is a special law passed for their rights, which is Section 377 of Indian Penal Code but the condition is still the same. The Section 377 of the IPC is an act that criminalizes homosexuality and and was introduced in the year 1861 during the British rule of India. According to this act, whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished for imprisonment for life. However the supreme court of India on September 6, 2018, decriminalized the Section 377 of IPC and allowed gay sex among consenting adults in private. The supreme court even said that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime saying sexual orientation is natural and people do not have any control over it. It’s been almost 2 years now since the Act was passed ,but it is quite unfortunate that the condition of the LGBT community is only getting worse. The actual question is what caused such situation that now we need to operate awareness programs to protect the rights of their community. The main problem starts in the childhood itself, where a boy is bullied by his so called ” masculine” classmates just because for being effeminate and a girl is asked questions for seeing a girl such as,” But why a girl?It is not like you are deprived or something”. This is the country where a boy is being mocked because he is not “manly” enough. The whole concept of masculinity is getting altered drastically and it will be not wrong if it is said as “Toxic Masculinity” . So, according to some, masculinity means keeping a very great beard, doing drugs and maintaining a very athletic body and if you don’t have any of them you will called as “chakka”, “meetha” and much more. The words “gay” is used to insult and mock others. These kind of people never actually try to think about how the people may get affected by all this. Let me take an example, as we all know that KPOP is something which is getting really popular all around the world, but did any of us give it a thought that why the KPOP male idols are mocked by some people? Well the answer is quite simple, because these idols do not fit in their criterion of masculinity, according to them these idols are not manly enough.Well this whole mindset about the LGBT community is not much different in the rest of the world, the condition is same everywhere

Lastly, to some up this article I would say, we as a country have made a progress worth appreciating but the struggle is long enough and there are many changes and revolution which are needed in this way. The least which we can do to protect the rights of the community from our side is by not treating the LGBT community as different, because they are not different from us, by changing the whole wrong concept of masculinity and by giving then respect which they deserve like everyone else.