Re­move sec­tion 377: Delhi LGBT urge again

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

My par­ents are not aware that I’m gay, yet I’m here be­cause I want to sup­port oth­ers (in the LGBTQ com­mu­nity). Agar mummy-papa ko pata chala ki main gay hun toh mu­jhe maar dalenge,” said 18-yearold Dev Singh.

He, and many oth­ers, gath­ered in Con­naught Place on Satur­day to com­mem­o­rate Delhi High Court’s his­toric 2009 judg­ment to decriminalise ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, which was, how­ever, re­versed by the Supreme Court un­der Sec­tion 377. Vi­raj Shooken, 23, echoed the sen­ti­ment. “I want to make a ca­reer first, and then tell my par­ents about my sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, so their chances of accepting me are higher,” he said with hope, as he joined the oth­ers hold­ing a ban­ners with quirky slo­gans, wrap­ping them­selves in rain­bow flags.

Hope­ful that the Supreme Court will re­con­sider sec­tion 377 soon, Hi­madri Roy, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, School of Gen­der and De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies, IGNOU, said, “It’s dif­fi­cult for par­ents and so­ci­ety to ac­cept when one reveals about his or her sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. I’m for­tu­nate my father and brother supported me but it’s not the same with every­one else.” A tes­ti­mony of this is Rahul Kumar Thappa. “I was 21 when I told my par­ents I’m gay. They have not ac­cepted it yet. No one in my fam­ily sup­ports me. With help from friends, I’m not afraid to say I’m gay and proud of it!”

Many await the re­moval of sec­tion 377 to come out of the closet. “We face dis­crim­i­na­tion ev­ery­where, and I feel it might be the same at home if I open up,” says a Delhi Univer­sity stu­dent, who didn’t wish to be named.

I’m for­tu­nate that my father and brother supported me but it’s not the same with every­one else HI­MADRI ROY, AS­SO­CIATE PRO­FES­SOR, IGNOU

PHOTOS: AMAL KS/HT

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