The way how India evolved after 6/9/2018...

Yes, this particular date remains in the history of INDIA as a remarkable one, especially for the queer community and the queer people who have been fighting for equality, acceptance, and inclusivity for ages. On this very date, we all know for a fact that the Supreme Court of India made a historic judgment by decriminalizing consensual homosexual encounters that won't be considered as a crime and completely ruled out the typical British law of IPC Sec 377. In simpler words, being a queer person isn't illegal in India, anymore!




Needless to say, being a country with a crazy population count and too many traditions and cultures with a lot of diversity involved among people in society, it was always a difficult scenario for a queer person to be oneself. But thanks to a few activists, journalists, social workers, and many people who took initiation to fight against all the societal odds regarding the existence of queer people in the country, now India has emerged as one of the safest countries for the queer community with no suppressions and oppressions.


But it wasn't a cakewalk for the whole country to accept the queer community the way it is within a day. Even though the judgment was in the favor of queer people, the typical religious norms, societal restrictions, and gender generalizations were very against the whole queer community especially these queerphobic people were hard to handle. On one side the country was immersed in sheer happiness because of the inclusion. Many people felt relaxed and came out openly and proudly as queer, to express their real personalities and faces out there. People who already came out before the judgment felt satisfied with the cause they worked for and they felt like someone who was no more illegal to be themselves in Indian society. But yes, there were still restrictions and everywhere there was a cold-shouldered behavior.




The first year was challenging. Senior citizens couldn't understand the whole concept of LGBTQIA+ people, and the adults didn't want to understand whereas the youth of India was quite confused in understanding and the children weren't allowed to even understand. With the various kinds of people, the queer community in India faced deeper emotional and psychological struggles. It wasn't easy at all for a particular set of people to make them try to understand the aspects of queerness, gender identities, sexual orientations. Gender and sexual fluidity were faraway concepts at that time.




That was the very year, many queer people came out of closets and tried harder to let people around them understand what they were. Most of them were quite successful in proving their points regarding the orientations and identities but a few of them ended up in bad positions because of societal and family influences. That was unpleasant to witness the situations where fellow queer beings were getting attacked, thrown out of their abodes, getting restricted, forcibly diverted towards heterosexuality, committing suicides and there was a lot of chaos among many Indian families with queer people involved.




Out of chaos, there followed the fighting spirit among the queer crowd and queer people started hosting various kinds of awareness activities almost every single day in various parts of the countries, not leaving a single spot or location in India without marking the queer territory. Dramas involved queer characters, kids were involved in queer events, youth were involved in pride parades, parents were involved with their kids' life choices, professional spaces were involved in conducting queer events, people were involved in uplifting the queer community in various possible ways. Slowly, 2019 became the year of queer evolvement in India. Though people faced a lot of chaos, they ended up making a positive impression in Indian society by making everyone aware of the queer community.