‘Only people in the LGBTI community will fight further’

It is only people in the LGBT community who will fight further.

Published: December 12, 2013 4:43:18 am

“I have a lot of criminals on my facebook list now,including me,all demanding equality,” wrote 22-year-old Ushma Dhamdhere on her wall after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on section 377 Wednesday. Dhamdhere now has few expectations from the society.

“As a lesbian,this verdict will not change anything in my life. While I agree that people are angry and supporting us on social media,I know this will die down soon. It is only people in the LGBT community who will fight further,” said Dhamdhere,a resident of Kharghar.

“However,yes,I am scared to meet my girlfriend or even walk with her on the roads thinking the police can put me behind bars. I can fight for my rights but it’s not the same for everyone,” she adds.

Six years ago,Dhamdhere told her family that she was a lesbian. “While I was in a relationship with a guy,I discovered that I am gay. But I continued dating him because I was scared of the outcome,” said Dhamdhere. When she told her family about it,her father was furious. “He threw her out of the house. She was on the roads for two months,” said her mother Preety Malik. Dhamdhere’s brother Prithvi fought with the family to bring his sister back.

Dhamdhere had to fight her way in her professional life as well. “When a company I was working with found out about my sexual orientation,I was sacked,” she said.

tanushree. venkatraman@expressindia.com

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