A society cannot run with a single community. According to the strict social norms, only men and women were accepted in the early days. There were other genders too but people tried to ignore them or keep them away from the other people. People other than men and women had to struggle a lot to get a place in society. Those people who did not fit the normal qualities were alienated by other people. It only motivated them to stand together and fight for their rights. Now, the genders that do not come in the normal category created a certain section known as the LGBT+ community.
What are some of the most significant events associated with the LGBT+ community?
The LGBT+ community is not a section of a society that has been created recently. People who faced difficulty from society because of their body or the sexuality they belong to were present before it became a thing. They faced identity issues which gave them an idea to come forward and together fight for their rights. The first event that took place related to the LGBT+ community was in 1951 when a woman went under medical surgery to get a transition. Then, in 1967, sexual intercourse between two men was decriminalized but with an age restriction of over 21. Thousands of people took the opportunity of showcasing their gender in the first Pride march which happened in 1972. People who were shy and felt it difficult to come out used the Pride march as the perfect opportunity.
How did the LGBT+ community got portrayed from the early times?
People belonging to the LGBT+ community had to struggle for a very long time to gain the strength to accept themselves in front of other people. During the 1500, there were strict rules that made it very difficult to come out and accept their gender. Finding a partner was another step further. Some rulers also made it a punishable offense to be homosexual during that time. After the abolishment of the death penalty, it was changed to imprisonment for a certain time. Once the criminal touch was eliminated from the LGBT+ community, it was brought near to mental illness and psychological issues. It took many years after which WHO declared no relationship between homosexuality and mental illness.
How do the LGBT+ community rights got updated in India?
In India, it was a challenge for women to get their rights from men. Compared to them, the LGBT+ community struggled a lot for a long time. The Indian Penal Code stated that any sexual intercourse between the same sex would come under criminal actions. It was not until 2013, during the Navtej Singh Johar case in the Supreme Court when homosexuality was decriminalized.
This motivated many people to come forward in front of their family and friends. To discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender was called unconstitutional. Due to this, many people came to know more about the LGBT+ community. Now the community has grown more with added categories and people.