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Affairs of our bedrooms not anyone’s concern,says LGBT community

Protesters were also worried about the plight of thousands of gay people who came out post 2009.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: December 12, 2013 5:44 pm

“I may be lesbian,gay,bisexual or transgender,but I am still an Indian.” This was what resonated at Jantar Mantar,where hundreds of LGBT rights activists gathered to protest against the Supreme Court judgment,which effectively criminalises gay sex between consenting adults.

With rainbow flags held high,representatives of the LGBT community said the affairs of their bedrooms “are not anybody else’s concern”. Protesters said the judgment was a huge blow to civil liberties of citizens of the country.

Referring to the July 2009 ruling of the Delhi High Court decriminalising homosexuality,Gautam Bhan,a gay rights activist,said,“That ruling did not eradicate homophobia,but,at least,it was a step in that direction. Ours is a country,which is a long way from accepting homosexuality,and the SC judgment has taken it 10 steps back.”

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi,the first transgender to represent Asia Pacific in the UN,said,“What was given to us earlier has been taken away,but we will not let this pass so easily.”

Tripathi said no party had mentioned the transgender community in their manifestoes in the Delhi elections. “We would like to remind them that our votes also count in making governments,” she said.

Women’s rights activist and politburo member of the CPI(M-L) Kavita Krishnan said the fight was not only for gay rights but one for democracy.

“This is a democracy. What others do consensually is not for the judiciary to decide,” 25-year-old Ayesha,a protester,said.

The protesters were also worried about the status and plight of thousands of gay people who “came out” post 2009.

“I had felt encouraged by the earlier ruling,and now I’m open to rebuke. That sense of identity,which was given to us,has been snatched away,” a student said.

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