The world is for all, it’s for you, me and everyone else. October 11 is a day that reminds us of this fact. The day is observed as National Coming Out Day. This day is dedicated to celebrating LGBTIQ+ people and them coming out to society, their families, friends and even to themselves.
With Section 377, many can rejoice for homosexuality has become legal. But even after one year of it being legal, have society changed their mindset is a query that stands valid in India. Coming out is still easier said than done with the deep-rooted prejudiced outlook of Indian society. It is so ironic that a country known for its diversity is hesitant to celebrate diversity in gender.
Why it seems so difficult?
Much support has been gained, thanks to social media and campaigns. But a major portion lies in the dark. Many families are still holding on to the notion that it would ruin the so-called ‘dignity’ of the family.
People find it difficult to accept the LGBTIQ because they are not educated enough about this. It is not just lesbians, gays and transgender but also bisexual, intersexual, queer, asexual and many more. A popular misconception is that all these groups are the same and they are all pushed under the same title of ‘Queer.’ The more people being aware, fewer people will look down on it.
‘What Society Thinks?’
It seems like our society, in particular, finds it hard to shake off not only old habits but also old irrelevant prejudices. Many are trying to shape their minds to fit the thoughts of today, but sadly, most of them have been brought up with the typical thought ingrained in their minds that these kinds of differences are against the laws of nature.
What people don’t realize is that change is probably the only thing that hasn’t undergone a change in society, as sociologists make it clear. It is about time everyone accepts that the laws of nature are decided by nature itself and not the manmade society. Perhaps, those who haven’t come out yet because they are afraid or ashamed to do so, need to understand that there is nothing they need to hide about their individuality. They should celebrate it with pride that they share yet another beautiful aspect of being ‘Human.’
Rather than forcing people to come out, or not, to their identity, it is the society that needs to come off out of their narrow perspective of the colorful world. Let the old prejudices come to an end and pride of diversity and identity thrive.
– Arpitha & Amrutha Varma