Conversations around homosexuality have always been tricky in India. The idea of loving someone from the same sex was unacceptable for a long time and was also deemed illegal in India till the historic Supreme Court verdict of decriminalisation of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on 6 September 2018.
This IPC Section, introduced during the British rule in India, was responsible for criminalising homosexuality. It was referred to as ‘unnatural offences’ and anyone found guilty was severely punished and boycotted.
Even now, despite clearance on the legal front, it is difficult for the Indian society to acknowledge and accept same-sex love holistically. The queer community still has a long way to go before achieving a respectable position in the society. Many still consider it a taboo and there is a lack of positive and safe environment for the community, forcing many individuals to live in a closet and hide their identity.
However, some people have also come out in their support of the LGBTQ+ community and are trying to bring in change. One major way of fostering change is through awareness.
It is therefore imperative to know the terminology related to sexual and gender identity.