As people across the globe are celebrating pride month, India is not far behind. Pride month is the promotion of the self – affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people as a social group. During this month, people of the community celebrate their sexuality and want other people of the society to accept them. This month also tries to break the stigma among people for the LGBTQ+ community and accept different sexualities without any hesitation.
In India, the LGBTQ+ community had heaved a rare sigh of relief in September-2018, when Chief Justice Dipak Misra made a remarkable note, “I am what I am, take me as I am”, while delivering a landmark judgment which scrapped Section 377 of Indian constitution to effectively decriminalize Homosexual acts in the country. The lawyers behind that fight to secure LGBTQ dignity, Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, have now decided to go a step ahead and fight for the legalization of LGBT marriages in India.
The sprinting athlete Dutee Chand has made India proud, both personally and professionally. In 2019 she became the first-ever Indian athlete to come out openly about her sexuality and join the LGBTQ+ community. She also became the first Indian sprinter, clocking 11. 32 seconds to win gold in 100m race at the Universiade.
There has always been a taboo about the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier, people dealing with their sexuality issues were never welcomed in the society. Due to this, many children had to suffer from depression anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The Indian culture is not very welcoming about millennial having an affair or being in a relationship. In that scenario, if a person is found to be attracted towards the same sex or develop feeling for both boys and girls, it becomes a nightmare for their family due to the societal pressure.