A walk into the pride

Terrific Minds Blog A walk into the pride

Just like a rainbow in the sky we could see people with colourful flags dancing with joy and enthusiasm all around the world. The stardust that’s burning in their eyes is from the pain they endured and the aspiration they lingered to in the fume of confusion and ignorance. These are the people who refuse to define their life by the clutches of hatred and indi􀃤erence a􀃥icted upon them. The celebration of pride more than being a festi festival of identity is the unfolding of love and compassion. This year’s pride celebrations mark the 50th anniversary of stonewall riots, often considered the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. The idea that the sexual minorities marching through the streets declaring their existence, their pride and their love was truly revolutionary back then. It took a new sense of audacity and courage to take that giant step into the streets at that time. A pride essentially is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all the other sexual minorities it is a way of protesting about discrimination and violence. It promotes their dignity, equal rights, and self-a􀃤irmation and is a way of increasing society’s awareness of the issues they face.

The sexual minorities are referred by the acronym LGBTQIA which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual which is now usually alluded by the name queer which is an umbrella term for all the sexual and gender minorities. With the decriminalisation of section 377 through a landmark judgement of the Supreme Court a new era of deliverance and liberation is born in India. Section 377 was a colonial legislation which criminalized sexual activities against the order of nature which also included homosexuality within its ambit. Introduced in 1862 this section outlawed homosexuality for a century and a half, crushing the emancipation of the sexual minorities and enslaving their soulfulness with it. These people have been fighting for years to get their basic rights as human beings and for preserving their dignity. But what they got instead was unending stigma, disgrace and oppression from their family and from the society. They were physically assaulted in their own lands in the hands of government and fellow citizens. And obviously a day came where the law finally accepted that it cares more about constitutional morality than social morality. So it is time for us to come out of the obliviousness and to let go of the cluclutches of hatred and indi􀃤erence.

It is in this context pride assumes significance as it is the celebration of their uniqueness and a􀃤irmation of their dignity. It is the revolution towards acceptance and it is the embracement of the existence of their identity. It gives us the hope that our wings will not be tied, our souls could not be caged and let us all finally be accepted for who we are.

Let love win.