LGBTQ, a terminology consisting of different colors, only these shades are still
struggling to see a sky of acceptance. Beliefs get ingrained in our hearts and minds
when we start speaking in whispers and broken letters. They are meant to shape us
and anything opposing these ancestral faiths is considered a walk on a misguided
path. When was the last time you heard a parent teaching his child about more than
two genders? As a small kid, we are taught to identify a person either as a boy or a
girl and no other category exists beyond the latter two. Using slangs and phrases
like, ‘faggot’, ‘are you straight?’, ‘queer’, ‘hijra’, ‘that’s so gay’, might be just a way to
tease friends but along with this, we are hurting a community that dwells with us.
Coming out to a society that still brews its path based on ‘well-taught ways’ of the
past, seems no less than a Herculean task. In India, Homosexuality has constantly
faced opposition and is considered to be a western phenomenon. People coming out
as a member of LGBTQ community are ‘not sane’ are considered to be suffering from
a mental disease. Rural India has the cruelest and gut-wrenching response to this
community. Corrective rapes, food deprivation, lock-ups in rooms, shackling, and
beating are some of the ‘advisable treatments’ to treat this illness.

Around the world, the LGBTQ community has been prey for the nations. With their odd
perspectives and unacceptance, many nations have built a negative reaction
towards them. In a 2013 poll in Ghana, 96% of Ghanaians believe that society
should disagree with homosexuality. Brunei has made any contacts that are
homosexual, punishable with death through stoning. Brazil’s Supreme Court has
now voted in favor of naming homophobia and transphobia as crimes but only after
killing a large number of LGBTQ community. People’s prejudices and no willpower to
accept diversity has led them to think that LGBTQ is odd.  

LGBTQ, even uttering this word can invite violence in most countries even when you
are not associated with the community. In at least twenty-six countries people of the
LGBTQ community face punishments from the law and across the globe they are
faced with unprecedented levels of rejection from society with the general public
going as far as to end their lives, terming LGBTQ as a deadly disease. Sixty-nine
countries still criminalize same-sex marriage and the open display of love for the
same sex. Today in a generation that has reached the edge of the galaxy in its
endeavor it is disheartening to see that our world has not given LGBTQ the place that
they deserve. We hold rallies and public speeches about our win for social rights
causes but we fail to provide a haven for those who identify themselves with the
LGBTQ community.

Every year on the seventeenth of May, the world tries to correct its ways of treating
the LGBTQ community. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia,
and Biphobia 
is celebrated on the 17th of May and aims to coordinate worldwide
events to garner support and recognition for the LGBTQ community. But why the 17th
of May? The day holds a huge significance for the LGBTQ community as it was on this
day that the World Health Organization corrected one of its gravest mistakes; it
removed homosexuality from the list of International Classification of Diseases. The
organizers try to communicate and bring to the limelight the oppression, repression,
and disregard that the LGBTQ community faces. They hold talks with policymakers,
governments, and politicians. They also organize events to educate society about
the needs and requirements of the LGBTQ community. Many of the LGBT community
members do not dare to come out and declare their gender preferences but on this
day they have the support of their community but also the support of many of the
general public and this allows them to feel that they are heard too.

They also approach the constitutional authorities to defend LGBTQ activists and to
seek protection for the LGBTQ community from the atrocities that they face at the
hands of narrow-minded people.
It’s been a long series of years and we are somehow moving on the brighter pages
but unless we open our hearts and minds, the petals of acceptance shall never
bloom. We need to go beyond the rigidly structured vision of the world and dwell with
everyone, regardless of who or what they are. Only when we soar up the sky together, shall we see the rainbow that shines at the top!

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