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I Am Gay, And This Is What I Have To Say To Other LGBTQ In India

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By Happily Anonymous:

My Country-men,

I’m not completely sure if the first time I felt ‘gay’ was when I was sexually abused at the age of 5 by a man who happened to be 3 times my age. Having me sleep on his stomach and jerk off probably gave him an elation which is beyond what could be described in simple words. On jerking off, he pushed me to the ground and did something so disgusting, that I continue to shudder with the thought of how I felt at that moment. When I was 9, I finally came to understand all what that shameless man did – he sexually abused me when I was on the verge of progressing from a toddler into a boy. As I grew older, I noticed that my body was slowly adapting itself to how a woman behaves. I promise when I tell you this, but none of that was intentional. Tell me, do you think, if I was in my sanest of senses, I would intentionally cat walk so that I could get bullied by my entire class? Or would I intentionally choose to develop an extremely sensitive threshold, which would lead me to tears every time someone called me a “Hijda”? I’m not too sure about how I felt when all the boys in school began to clap their hands every single time I passed their class — because — you have to give it to our humane society — I was a “Na Mard” and that’s how boys who sway have to be referred to if you choose to be in accordance with our oh-so-descriptive and conventional Indian traditional values.

I’ve made some scandalous mistakes too! I began to watch Fashion TV when I was in my 4th grade. Initially, looking at the women walk around with their transparent tops gave me a nice feeling of sorts. However, as I matured and puberty neared, I kind of figured out that I even liked looking at all the bare chested men walking the ramp. At the age of 13, if the justice of this country has to be believed, I should have technically, because of all the filth and perversion in my mind conscientiously chosen to identify myself as a homosexual man. As time progressed and I became an adult, not much had changed. People continued to judge me for who I was and no matter where I went, words such as chammiya, chakka, hijda, gay, homo so on and so forth continue to haunt my ears.

Justice is pretty weird. When on one hand it talks about upholding every person’s right keeping equality on the forefront and on another with such weird ideologies, it tries to discriminate a section. India, particularly has never been able to please what we call the “masses”, because year by year, December by December, there is either a woman out there getting gang raped in a bus with men stuffing rods up her vagina, or a little boy being asked to suck his 49 year old uncle’s penis. What the Supreme Court declared, though hurt my feelings and made me feel like I will never be able to identify myself as an individual, it also made me realize that what I’m living right now is a life of hell. I’m paying day in and day out for something I have no control over. I am being judged, looked down upon and being treated like an outcast by people of my own country and as a matter of fact by numerous other closeted homosexuals as well. But does all of this matter anymore? It doesn’t.


The question also remains — who is it to be blamed for what has happened of me today? Do I blame that man who masturbated on me when I was 5? Or do I blame the society which ridiculed my behaviour, possibly during every moment of my existence? Oh wait. I’m sorry, it is these people who are in need of having their ‘human rights’ protected. I’m just a pervert.

Tomorrow, as I step out and begin a new day I will do so with a smile, knowing that there’s not a single person who can tarnish what I think of myself any further. This judgment has made our lives easy. Each one of us; lesbians, homosexuals, trans-genders and bisexuals. The good news is, we’ve lost all dignity — there’s nothing more to lose. If things can change and if our rights can be recognized — there’s just one gain — an ounce of self-respect.

One of your closeted-gay friends.

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  1. adya00

    Never, ever let anyone tell you what to feel and who to be. Those are choices that are only yours. The people make it hard even for ‘straight’ people when it comes to small things like falling in love with someone rather than getting married to a stranger. This world even today is very intolerant. They should be ashamed of themselves not you.

    1. Mansoor

      As a late prime minister of Canada (I don’t remember his name) had put it way back in 60’s “state has no place in our bedrooms”’s one’s prerogative that what he/she want in personal life..state has no right to interfere in that..I definitely support LGBT has become a human rights issue now..our brothers n sisters in LGBT, just hang will get ur share of dignity..

  2. Japleen Pasricha

    Hi whoever you are, we are with you. This is not a gay issue anymore, this is a human rights issue and we all will fight together. Keep up the spirit! 🙂

  3. pari

    I must say that you are a person of great spirit..No law can ever rob you off this spirit.You have got many people with you fighting for this cause.I am sure that a day awaits us when people like you will no longer be treated as less humans..Till then don’t lose hope and just don’t give a damn about what the society has gotta say.(Respect )

  4. Madhuri

    Its ur life and ur choice. no one has any right to snatch away ur freedom of life. live the way u want.. the society is a scared crow n barks for evrything thing without thinking.. we r all with u. There needs to be hell lot of awareness regarding ur community cause common ppl r not aware of this,..

  5. Rhythm

    LGBT is another division made by the people, the another line drawn to divide the society. Why can’t the people who are defending the Supreme court verdict understand that it’s simply about violation of Human Rights and not the violation of any well defined minority group. They talk about religion, about culture and natural ways. Why do they forget that no culture, no religion permits or instructs them to declare LGBT, criminals. Till the nature is concerned, it is something natural,isn’t it ? It’s not any kind of disease for God’s sake.

  6. Ronita

    :(….I bow my head in shame

  7. Madhushree

    I am very sorry about what you are going through and I too am answerless. I wish our society actually becomes non-biased towards any individual and every single citizen enjoys his/her basic rights without giving any justification of their individualities. But sadly enough I too am a part of this system and I have also erred on many occasions. I wish I were matured enough to understand somebody else’s feelings. And it is for the same reason that today a few people of our country have to fight for a basic right which I feel is Universal. Just a few people think that what they do is natural and rest is all unnatural cannot form a law. I promise you my friend, our countrymen will fight for the cause.

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