Mumbai: It’s been a year, this day, a historic judgement was passed in which LGBT Indians were given the same freedom, equality and dignity as others in the society.
The Supreme Court handed victory to 34 people from across India who challenged Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a British-era law that criminalised consensual, adult, same-sex relationships and fostered a climate of fear and discrimination against the entire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Talking to this correspondent, two members of the community share how their lives have changed since the judgement.
After the Supreme Court verdict, Gobind, a gay man, said that there has been no change in their lifestyle but they are not scared legally.
Kushboo, a drag queen and lawyer, said that life didn't change much as they were already publicly performing and out of the closet about their orientation and gender-identity. The judgment just made things easier at asocial level.
The verdict legitimised the entire community, and placed emphasis on love and privacy. Speaking on the professional front, Gobind said that there are no such changes as sexuality has nothing to do with their capabilities.
“Hosting queer shows has become easier now. After the order, many places started opening their doors to queer-events and art events," Kushboo (@kushboothekween) added.
Talking about the future, Gobind said that it's a long battle ahead. “We need to change the mindset. The young generation needs to help as they are broad-minded,” he added.
Kushboo said that it's just a start, but its the first step. “There is a lot of work that is needed to be done for the community. Queer people still need access to many rights like adoption, medical welfare and special protections.”
The community is fighting on two fronts; socially and legally. Though they have won the legal battle, there is a long road ahead to reach the social sanction. Social awareness and discussion need to continue....