The LGBTQ Community:”Love Is Gender less”

L stands for Lesbian

G stands for Gay

B stands for Bisexual

T stands for Trasnsgender

Q stands for Queer or Questioning

Lesbian

A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences /has experienced romantic love or sexual attraction to other females.

Gay

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. Gay is often used to describe homosexual males but lesbians may also be referred to as gay.

Bisexual

Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes termed pansexuality.

Transgender

Transgender is a term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. It is sometimes abbreviated to trans.

Transsexual

experience a gender identity inconsistent or not culturally associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Queer

Queer is a term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. Queer was originally used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires but, beginning in the late-1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word.

Questioning

The questioning of one’s gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.

Ally

An Ally is a person who considers themselves a friend to the LGBTQ+ community.

Gender Queer

Gender Queer is an umbrella term for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities which are thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity.

Bisexual

Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes termed pansexuality.

The Long Battle Of The LGBT Community: India

We all are aware of the scraping of the section 377 by the supreme court on 6th September 2018 which was a 19th century ;law criminalizing homosexuality in India.A bench consisting of chief justice Dipak Mishra and other justices DY Chandrachud,AM Khanwilkar,Indu Malhotra and Rohinton Fali Nariman ruled out that homosexuality is no longer a crime in India and that the members of LGBQT community shall have the same sexual rights as any other citizen of India.

Chief justice Dipak Mishra and justice Khanwilkar said in their judgement “Section 377,to the extend it criminalizes sexual acts between consenting adults,whether homosexual or heterosexual,is unconstitutional,”

But wait a second!!!!The activists might have got a sense of relief but not to forgot that they have came a long way off.It’s been a rigorous struggle of almost two decades .Everybody across India were left in tears and a sense of freedom after a long battle erupted.Many expressed that this judgement is just the beginning of a new revolution and there are a lot of battles waiting in line to be tackled.A small but significant victory!!

Timeline:A Long Battle N

November-december 1991:The fight was first regstered by AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (ABVA) in the Delhi High Court against section 377 where condom distribution was banned among prisoners.ABVA is an organisation fighting discrimination against those affected by HIV or AIDS.

May 1994:Again ABVA files a petition when Dr Kiran Bedi ,inspector general of the Tihar jail refused to provide condoms for inmates.Despite a long strenuous effort the petition was dismissed in 2001.

December 2001:Then Naaz foundation,took the fight forward by filing a PIL or Public Interest Litigation in High Court seeking legalization of gayness against consenting adults.

September 2004:The Delhi High Court dismissed the PIL citing that purely academic issues cannot be judged by the court.At this a review petition was again registered by Naaz foundation which did little good.

February 2006:The supreme court remands the case back to High Court and directs it to reconsider the matter again.At the same time,Indian Ministry Of Home Affairs files an affidavit against the decriminalization of homosexuality.

LGBT activist during the 16th Kolkata Rainbow pride walk 2017 in South Kolkata on Sunday , December 10, 2017.Express photo by Partha Paul.

July 2009:After a lot of religious and sentiments clashes ,the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality among consenting adults.

2012:After the judgement passed on July 2009,various protests and challenges erupted due to which the judgement was unfortunately overturned claiming it to be legally unstable.

2015:Around this time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in ,Kerela MP Shashi Tharoor intriduced a private member’s bill to decriminalize homosexuality but the Lok Sabha voted against it and it was dismissed.

2016:Finally by this time ,this had become a national issue and well known LGBTQ activists filed a petition against section 377 citing that it violated their right to sexuality along with other fundamental rights guaranteed under part 3 of the constitution.

2018:A five judge constitutional bench,headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra and /justices R F Nariman ,A M Khanwilkar ,D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra started hearing petitions that challenged section 377.

An LGBT rights activist waves the rainbow flag after the Supreme Court referred the section 377 curative petition to a five judge Constitution Bench for further examination on Tuesday. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 02 February 2016 *** Local Caption *** An LGBT rights activist waves the rainbow flag after the Supreme Court referred the section 377 curative petition to a five judge Constitution Bench for further examination on Tuesday. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 02 February 2016

On 6th of September The Supreme Court pronounced a historic judgement scraping section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalized same sex marriage in India.

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