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September 12, 2018

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Cover Photo: My thoughts on homosexuality

Last night I was watching a Bollywood movie named Dear Dad. The film is about a father coming out to his teenage son, that he is gay. It is a beautiful film with a stirring tale about love and acceptance. The story of the movie effectively and intelligently beats the stigma of homosexuality. I know in India, sex and all such related matters are not yet openly discussed. So, I thought why not write a blog on homosexuality and try to open people’s minds. I hope this article will change your perspective on homosexuality, as penning down this has changed mine. Following are my thoughts on homosexuality.

I am a human being, and I respect the sexual orientation of a human. I respect heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals. And, I respect the LGBT community too. I not only respect, but I appreciate the LGBT people. I think they are as ordinary as any human being. I believe homosexuality is not just a form of sex; it’s a form of love and a community of people that are a part of humankind. The only difference is that they are tagged as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. You are a man who loves a woman, but he is a man who loves a man. The same thing goes for a woman. It’s not a big deal. It’s just that a person likes own gender and is sexually attracted to people of own sex.

If you don’t know about homosexuality, then please understand that being homosexual is not a choice. It is biological and natural! It’s their birth nature and birthright. They are born with that urge to love the people of the same sex. I think there is nothing wrong with being in a sexual relationship with the same sex. I don’t know why people oppose this and find it wrong. If you can’t accept the people for who they are, then why do you hate, judge or treat them differently? Please don’t do that. They are humans just like us.

Homosexual people are in every religion, caste and community. I feel there are so many homosexual people in this world that might be leading a double and unhappy life. Many are already living in the closet and fear. All they need is acceptance from people like us. They deserve respect and love. They deserve to live and breathe.

Homosexuality is not a crime. Heck, it shouldn’t be! I mean arresting people for being in a same-sex relationship and slapping charges against them. What kind of crime is this? Are people who are sexually attracted to the same gender criminals? Are homosexuals criminals? Seriously! Whether you love a man, woman, or the same gender person, all you are doing is loving someone. And, love is love. How can love be a crime? To all the people who are opposing homosexuality, I hope you will understand this type of human nature soon.

I would also like to use this blog as an opportunity to thank India’s Supreme Court for making the supremely important and historical judgement a few days back. On September 06, 2018, the Supreme Court of India abolished the IPC Section 377 henceforth decriminalising homosexuality and making it legal in India. Congratulations to all the people who fought to make this a reality! It is a big win as a democracy, and for humanity, equality and equal rights. I am proud of all those people who accept homosexuality. Let’s embrace one and all and their choices.

To all my friends who belong to the LGBT community and are afraid to come out openly to the world, be who you are. Make an effort to put courage in your heart to be open about who you are. Live open. Live free. As I said earlier, you are not criminals. We are all human beings. We are all born equal. We are all special. Here through this blog, I am sending a lot of love and strength to you.

"Homosexuality is not a disease, nor is it a genetic disorder; it is a general attraction towards another person."
– Ronak Sawant


Disclaimer: This article is written and published for the educational purpose, thus sharing my thoughts on homosexuality. It is not created to hurt any person's sentiments. This article may contain words such as homosexuality, homosexual, LGBT, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, heterosexual, sex, sexual orientation, sexual relationship, same-sex relationship, etc. Readers' discretion is advised. Thank you.

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– Ronak Sawant