a day after independence day, on 16 august 2008, bombay will witness her first ever Queerzaadi march. the opportune time has come for the lgbt community and their straight supporters to hold our heads atop firmly with mixed feelings of rebellion and exultation. rebellion, because there still exists an archaic law, section 377, that criminalizes homosexuality. exultation, because its an assembly of those who are not ashamed to be queer, or to have queer friends. they are in fact proud. very proud about the way they are, and the way their friends are.
a year back it wouldnt have been possible for me to share the onus, this time i can. im out to practically everybody. i dont see a reason to flaunt my sexuality. but as and when the need arises i do open up. i understand that i am just fortunate and lucky to have the privilege to speak my mind and be what i am with no fear. but this sadly is not the case with all.
queers dont wish to "experiment" with someone who is not their sexual choice just to behave straight. (or do you suggest that we queer should experiment sexually and spoil the otehr persons life? )queer are human. the queer feel love. they feel like holding on to someone from our own gender in full public view. they feel like lying on someones lap and playing with someones hair in a garden. they feel like dancing with people from their own gender. they feel love. we feel love.
its not always about sex. but isnt making love also a part of love?
by the way, "is sex only for procreation, isnt it for recreation too?"
do straight couples have sex only when they decide to have a baby. is that what we define as natural? if so, then sex at all other times is wrong. isnt it?
"Students for Queer"
there is now a growing awareness for gay issues, 5 years back, things were different. i wouldnt like to paint a pitiable picture of how grave the situations are now. because the fact is, that there is a lot of awareness. though, there is scope for much more. i in fact see a lot of young students, confident about their sexuality and openly supporting queer rights. i plan to mobilise this support for the Queerzaadi march. though this might sound like a daunting task, id not like to start with diffidence, but confidence. even if there are just 2 students for the march. id still celebrate the success.
a student or faculty ? are u ? does this cause concern you or your friends. would you like to just stay at home and watch the parade on tv or get up and join us in the march? well, you do have a choice.
this is no ngo thingy. no philanthropy. just a personal thought. i feel like mobilizing students who think alike. if you donot. its still okie. i dont want to work overtime to convince you. but if you feel like joining me. you are most welcome. i am not going to speak to colleges and take permissions. but just float the thought. if you feel like supporting the thought personally. do join in.
what is "section 377"?
- "Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years and shall also be liable for a term which may extend to 10 years and shall also be liable to fine.
for more information, please visit the official Queerzaadi blog