Wednesday, August 13, 2008

QueerZaadi March. Join In!

Saturday 16 August 2008, the day when all the brothers of the world will be wristful with rakhis, we will have the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual) community, marching for their rights and decriminalization of their sexual orientation. 

According to section 377 of the IPC, Any person engaging in carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal is liable to be imprisoned for life. 

In simple and crude terms, any one who has anal sex, or oral sex could be imprisoned for life. Gay or straight. No bar. 

This brings us to the big question… How do we interpret “against the order of nature”. Is sex only for procreation, is it wrong to have sex when your intentions are NOT to have a baby. 

Gays are harassed and extorted under the pretext of this law. This affects gays, as they will make love by having anal and oral sex. And yes they will be having sex for recreation and not procreation. (Though it’s their biological need) 

There is much to a gay lifestyle than just making love. They are humans, they have the right to feel love, and express love. Why should they be not allowed to be what they are? 

I am a son. I am a brother. I am as normal as you are. I am gay. And I am not closeted. I am human. I feel sexual at times. I don’t want to have sex with a woman to prove my “masculinity”. If I do that. That would be treason. That would be rape. And I wish not to lie to a woman. I am masculine even if I feel for men. And yes, I feel for men. Emotionally and Sexually.

If I find a compatible boyfriend, I would want to start a life with him. I am an adult. I don’t want to tell anyone that my boyfriend is my friend, or is my brother. I want to tell them that he is my boyfriend. Period.

How can any law decide, what I do with my boyfriend with consent in my bedroom. It’s a matter of personal choice. And I am an adult, and my boyfriend would also be an adult. 

Section 377 does not distinguish between sex between two willing, adult partners and sexual molestation/rape. 

Oh! now to kindle the debate further, you could speak about moral policing. And setting a wrong example for the future generations. 


Moral policing: Please feel free to arrest anybody who has sex in public, Straight or Gay. 

Wrong example: Get gay men married off and ruin the woman’s life. Is that the right example?

I wonder if anyone’s orientation can influence someone’s sexuality. Let me ask you this question, If you are a straight man… and I make seductive moves in front of you. Will you turn gay? 

We have thousands who are forced to marry, there are many who commit suicides. And extortion, so many. How many deaths and broken marriages is it going to take for the government to realize? 

Right to sexuality is a birth right. Sexuality is dictated by the genes when the child is still a fetus in the womb. Are we going to be illegal always? 


Support us. We are gay. We are happy this way. Let us be us. We are not criminals. If we have sex with consent. Let us. We are adults. I repeat, we are adults. Responsible adults. 

Join us for the QueerZaadi march. You don’t have to be gay to join us. Rather, you don’t have to be queer to join us. 

Join us as our friend, our supporter; we could walk in a group that would be the “Friends of Queer” group. Support us in our endeavour. We want section 377 to be amended. Sign the online protest here.

The Britishers, who brought this law to India, have got rid of it. We are still stuck on. 

I urge my readers to join me for the march on 16 august 2008, from 3:00 pm onwards. It’s from August Kranti Maidan (nearest station: Grant Road) to Girgaum Chowpatty.

Until now, some 15 students have confirmed their presence at the march. If you feel strongly for the cause, please join in. These students are going to march with us.
If you have some interesting slogans to share. Please do.
Thanks De for joining us in spirit, if not in person.  

4 comments:

Kush said...

Aham,

Without doubt, this is an important event for all - gay or straight. I am super glad that the democracy in India empowers one and all to raise issues and voice concerns in varied formats.

Living in a different country, I'll not be able to walk the demonstration but I lend my full support to such and many more events in this direction.

Here are a few thoughts which can go up as signs/slogans:

1. Homophobia - now that's a disease.

2. I am gay and I think straight.

3. Home is where love is.

4. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is sin.

5. Good men are gay and...married.

Let me know what you think.

[smiles]

Kris Bass said...

Good men are gay & married? I don't get this!

Kush said...

Well, my final thought was a funny commentary on the adage "all the good men are either gay or married".

If you would have noticed, I added a little pause in the form of "and(...)" between gay and married to give gayness a poetic edge over those married.

This is also to say that marrige is not just a heterosexual institution.

Hope this helps.

*Aham* said...

hey thanks kush, I liked your lines, just that it needs to be tweeked sso that a commoner could also understand. Not all would understand. as in "I am Gay, I think Straight" they wouldnt understand the Pun thats intended. "Homophobia" wala line could be something like. "Lets Eradicate Homophobia". Like that. :)

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