“Pyaar toh hamesha se hi satrangi tha.”
We all have read or come across words like gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and the LGBTQ+ community. These words have become so common that we can see them all over the internet or can even hear our friends/family talk about it. Everybody is discussing about the LGBTQ+ community and the people belonging to that community. Today’s youth is raising their voices in their support as well as helping in empowering them. But, even after creating so much awareness on this topic, do we still treat bisexuals as normal people? Have we succeeded in accepting them as a part of our society?
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes homosexuality, was scraped off on September 06, 2018. This step of the Indian Supreme Court gave transgenders a legal right to have a sexual relationship with an adult of the same gender. But was this removal of the Act enough to end the long term discrimination we had against this section of the society? Not really.
Since the beginning, we’ve been taught that there are only two genders, male and female. We were never told or informed about the existence of a third gender. Simply because they are not considered as “normal”, as we consider other people to be. They are not given equal status in the society. Even after removal of the section against them, things have not changed.
They are still treated as if they are unholy and evil. Is it because of our deep-rooted patriarchal mentality against bisexuals? Is the taboo too strong that it is becoming so difficult for us to change our thinking and lifestyle? One can agree to these questions. If you ask people in India what they think about the transgenders, most of them only answer that they have seen them begging near traffic signals and inside trains.
It takes a lot of strength for the trans-community to come to terms with who they are. The hatred given to this gender has made them so vulnerable that they feel scared to express their grief to even their closed ones. They have to undergo a constant pressure of being mocked by society through different vulgar names. They have to fight so hard each day to protect their rights. It all makes them feel secluded.
This lack of understanding concerning transgenders in Indian society must be modified as soon as possible, and it can solely be done by spreading awareness among individuals and giving them an equal chance at education and jobs, and having laws protecting them from any reasonable harassment. The presence of a third gender must be normalized. Mocking bisexuals in the name of a joke must be stopped.
Many self-help groups and NGOs have stepped up in these modern times to show their support to bisexuals. So many workshops and programs are organized to create awareness on this topic. Each year, Pride Month is celebrated in June to celebrate this beautiful community and so many hash tags come up in their support over social media like #loveislove and #gaypride. Colorful rallies are carried out with so much enthusiasm and the youth of our country willingly participate in these rallies. People have started coming out as bisexuals on social media platforms with people accepting them with open arms.
Change is happening. But we still have a long way to go. And as the youth, we need to be the catalyst for that giant leap.
As they say, “There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.”