Amidst the darkness of night, he kept walking as fast as he could, as if he was running away from something. Though he had hidden his face beneath a scarf, yet he feared getting identified. Had he committed some crime? Yes, he had. His crime? He was a transgender.
70 years of freedom and yet we are captured in the shackles of prejudices and biases. Even to this day, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders are fighting for their identity and bringing the issues of discrimination and rejection by the masses of the country. They combat daily with the society for their acceptance and face prejudices and exploitation. Due to the fear of society, these people either run away from their homes or try to hide their reality. In many cases their own parents abandon and disown them, thinking they are a disgrace to the family.This pushes them into a life full of misery and helplessness.
Respect and equality are what everyone deserves irrespective of their class, race, creed or gender. Masses, today, need to understand that before being rich or poor, literate or illiterate, high caste or low caste, girl, boy or anything, we all are humans. Today, they are going through derogation. They are mocked, humiliated and belittled for who they are! They are alienated from the rest of the people and denied equal rights. This unacceptance from the society hinders their progress and they are pushed to lead a worthless life.
Equality is not regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. We need to respect them for who they are, no matter if different from us. We need to understand the fact that what these people are is not by choice, but by chance. When we accept this fact things will change and no gay or lesbian would undergo depression and commit suicide. They should have the right to live life on their terms, unappalled by the norms of the society.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes homosexuality dates back to 1861. Britishers introduced this law and in 1967 homosexuality was decriminalized in Britain by the Sexual Offenses Act. Almost 50 years and we are still there when it comes to government rights. The superfluous identities of the heterogeneous community often mask within itself many ambiguities and complexities. Though late but thankfully, the society now offers an affable handshake to them and that is not deniable.
Ellen DeGeneres, Ricky Martin, Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris and Giorgio Armani. Some people we know, we accept. We are quick to judge, easy to form opinions and biases and yet hardly know them.