A child is born in 1995 and all throughout is childhood listening to the fact that god formed this earth and created animals, birds, plants and humans. Humans include men and women i.e., half of the population is male and the rest is female. Imagine what would happen to that child when one day, in his weirdest dream he would discover that the world also included of people who were neither fully men or fully women but a mixture of the two. If in all the movies that child has seen a boy dating a girl, what would be his response to the fact that there are some boys who are attracted towards the people of the same gender or there are some women who marry other women. Now imagine a pregnant women giving birth to a baby boy and from that day itself the couple begin to build dreams about their child’s education, his career and marriage. Then 20 years later, one day the boy comes to them and confesses that he wants to marry not a woman but a man, what would be the parent’s reaction to it. Will they be shocked, surprised or perfectly fine with it.
The world today is grappling with a lot of social issues, one of them being the issue of the LGBT. LGBT stands for lesbian,gay,bisexual and trans-gender. Today, across all the countries of the world, people are publicly confessing their sexuality and revealing the fact that they are not hetero sexual. We see men around us who are interested in men, women who are hitting on other women and even some bi sexuals. It is not a miracle that has happened all of a sudden. Even in the past decades and even in history, we see instances of eunuchs and lesbians. It is just that education and awareness about their rights that made people confident enough to publicly reveal their identity. There are obviously, mixed reactions to this. Talking on the political level, many countries in the west have made gay marriages legal and thus have provided people with their right to life and liberty. But there are also instances of countries like India and the Islamic state where homo sexuality is banned. Everyday we see strong protests by LGBTs across the world demanding their rights. But still we have 83 countries where being a gay or a lesbian is banned. But one doesn’t understand what is wrong with being a gay? We talk about right to liberty and that every person should be allowed to live his life his own. But what are doing? Are we providing them these rights? If we have, on one side, a gay couple happily living together and on the other side a lesbian forced into a marriage with a boy and is unhappy in her married life, which one of the two situations is better? Are governments made for working for the welfare of the people or are they made to take away happiness from the lives of the people?
Talking on individual and social level, we all talk about being modern and ‘cool’ but what is our reaction when we get to know the fact that the girl in our class who sits at the back bench is a lesbian? Honestly speaking, most of us feel shocked at that revelation and from that day onwards we start being cautious and try to maintain distance from that girl. So if we don’t change our outlook towards it, how do we expect the state to make changes? Given the nature of gay-lesbian-bisexual stigma, sexual minority students are always excluded from social circles and are looked down upon. They are mocked by students on campus and are bullied. Words like ‘sixer’ and phrases like ‘that’s so gay’ are used for them thus increasing the social nonacceptance towards them. We very proudly say that LGBTs should be accepted by the society but when we discover that our own cousin is a gay, we feel offended. We try to hide the reality in order to prevent being insulted in the society.
Protecting LGBT people from violence and discrimination does not require the creation of a new set of LGBT-specific rights, nor does it require the establishment of new international human rights standards. All people, irrespective of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to enjoy the protections provided for by international human rights law, including in respect of rights to life, security of person and privacy, the right to be free from torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, the right to be free from discrimination and the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. On the school level itself, authorities are trying to protect LGBT students from harassment. But as they say, ‘charity begins at home’, so all the legal and political policies are dis functional till the time the common people don’t agree to change. If we don’t change our attitude towards the LGBTs, if we don’t accept them as a part of our society, nothing good would ever happen. Never would the LGBTs be able to breathe in peace, never would they be able to call themselves ‘humans’.