Our lives are so filled with apathy. Thing keep happening around us, things of grave importance while we remain blissfully ignorant. Regardless of what is said about ‘ignorance is bliss’ it can turn into sinful indulgence in no time.
Back in schools, we all probably had a meek boy in our class whom everyone teased for being effeminate. Little did we realize that our indifference in mocking the child was making a huge impact on him and his lifestyle.
The Article 377 judgment came out on 21st of December, 2013. Chapter XVI, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1861, criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of nature”, arguably including homosexual acts.
There was a lot of resistance throughout the country. On December 15th, we decided to start a campaign in support of the LGBT community. We called it ‘Same Love’. It initially started with interviewing random people in New Delhi about their take on homosexuality and soon people from other parts of the country also joined in and the campaign grew bigger.
Eventually, the campaign’s agenda changed to ‘No Homophobia’. We campaigned, both offline and online extensively. We organized a talk on homophobia on 21st January at the Oxford Bookstore with musical performances and screenings of our movies, it was complimented by a solo painting exhibition by Ankur Chaudhary. The panel comprised of Aditya Bondyopadhyay (Lawyer), Kunal Mukherjee (Author), Shohini Ghosh (Academician) and Dhruv Arora (Activist).
Same Love is an ongoing process. It never got and never will; not until all men stand equal in our society. This campaign was the most enlightening one for me. I grew as a person. I have come to believe that gender is just an umbrella term but there is nothing to create a fuss about. Everyone is equal and we all have a right to love.
– Rahul Maheshwari