From Fighting the Norms to Becoming One — They Grew Up
The LGBTQ community has been fighting against resistance to be accepted for decades. But, now, we are seeing a new generation of LITTLE acceptance. There is a world where LGBTQIA++ rights are not just accepted but celebrated. In this world, people do not have to hide in shame because of who they love.
Here, the LGBTQ community is no longer seen as abnormal — it’s just another community full of unique and important individuals.
But how did we get here? How did we go from a place where being gay or lesbian meant being shunned by society to a place where it’s not only acceptable to be gay or lesbian but expected? The answer is simple: people had to fight against the status quo. They had to stand up for themselves when everyone else told them they were wrong.
They had to shout their truth from the rooftops so that others could hear it too. It wasn’t easy — it took decades of work from activists worldwide fighting for acceptance — but it was worth it! Nowadays, if you meet someone who isn’t accepting LGBT rights, you can be sure that there is something wrong with their moral compass instead of yours!
A bitter yet a needful journey
The first step in the fight for acceptance was coming out. The LGBTQ community used to hide their sexual orientation from the world and were forced to live a double life.
In India, the LGBT community had faced discrimination even before British rule started in 1858. But after independence in 1947, it became more difficult for them to live peacefully because they were considered “criminals” under Section 377, which criminalizes same-sex relations between consenting adults.
Homosexuality is a sensitive topic in India. It is still considered a taboo even though certain amendments have been made in the laws declaring it legal.
In 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality by overturning Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Still, this decision was overturned by Supreme Court in 2013 and then again in 2018 by Supreme Court, which made it clear that consensual sexual acts between adults in private will not be considered a crime anymore.
And now, they are no longer afraid to come out and be themselves. They are proud of who they are, and they do not care what other people think about it. That is something beautiful and needs to be admired totally! But is it being truly done? CLOUDS of DOUBTS!! Whereas some are marching toward the change, some are still in the shady world!
What is more painful is the situation is in every part of the country. Even after garnering acceptance legally, they are still toiling hard to have it in real life. Some countries are making progress toward acceptance and equality, but many are still stuck in the past.
Compared to India, France was one of the first countries to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013. This move sparked a wave of other countries legalizing gay marriage worldwide until it became legal across most of Europe by 2015.
While many European nations have continued to make progress toward equality for members of the LGBT community, other parts of the world are struggling with acceptance issues even today. In South Africa, for example, there are several gay villages where people can congregate without fear of being harassed by their neighbours or police officers.
In contrast, homosexuality is still considered illegal and punishable by imprisonment or death sentence in Russia or Nigeria! Hence, let’s not sugar-coat; we are still far from seeing them as just as special as we!
Much needed changes the world is seeing
We live in a world where people are slowly but surely starting to accept the LGBTQ community.
This is how it’s happening and why it’s so important:
1) People realize that being LGBT does not mean you have an illness. It simply means that you have different sexual attractions than most people, which can be caused by many things (but is usually just genetics).
2) More celebrities are coming out as part of the LGBTQ community, making it easier for others to feel comfortable with themselves and be proud of who they are.
3) Schools are beginning to teach about homosexuality and bisexuality at an earlier age so that children won’t have to wait until college to learn about these topics and begin accepting them from a young age.
4) The internet has made it easier for people who may be struggling with their sexual identity or gender identity to find others like them online and see that they’re not alone. It’s also made it easier for people who are already out as part of the LGBTQ community to connect with others in real life through social media platforms like ‘Glii’!
Making the world a better place for the LGBTQ community
The first step toward tackling this problem is understanding what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. It doesn’t mean being different from other people — it means being exactly like everyone else!
It just means that some people fall in love with someone of the same gender while others don’t. Some people feel more comfortable identifying themselves as male or female, whereas others don’t feel either one fits them 100%.
The road ahead to EQUALITY
The LGBTQ+ community’s years-long struggle is quite evident, and it’s only recently that they’ve started to see some progress in retaining their rights.
However, even though the community is gradually getting greater acceptance across the world, it still needs more splendid support and acceptance from society as a whole before its members can truly feel comfortable about who they are and how they want to live their lives without fear of being discriminated against because of who they love or what gender they identify as.