Over the last couple of months we have all obsessed over one virus , today I want to talk about another multifaceted virus that takes thousands of lives every year but will never be declared a public health emergency.
I know most of you might be thinking , I’m too young to write about this or I’ve not seen the world enough ; but it is extremely important to me to write about this because I have seen my friends suffer with the fear of how people around them are going to react if they come out.
Thinking about their pains and dilemmas is very disturbing. I can’t imagine what they are going through.
What I have realized in the past few days is that , most of us casually use ‘gay’ , ‘faggot’ , ‘chaka’ and so many other terms as insults and jokes.
I confess that I did it too.
I used it as an insult too.
But this was all way before I knew how hurt the other person could get . I’m not justifying my actions but want to acknowledge that I am no longer insensitive. The only thing I can say now is sorry.
All my power lies in these words :
So what matters is that so many of us try to make this world a better place to live in , itself is evidence that we care ; we love our country and its people so much that we are capable of discussing what we can do , both mentally and physically, to actually make it better.
India has legalized being LGBTQIA .
But the fact remains , about 50 % of the trans genders in India have attempted suicide before the age of 20 and 31% of them are said to succeed.
And what hurts is that we are the ones driving them to the extreme step where they believe that it’s better not to exist.
I want to tell this to all my LGBTQIA friends who are still fighting with the society to be accepted :
You deserve to be loved as much as anybody else and we love you for being you.
THANK YOU !
You are a virus , you are the pandemic , if you are actively or passively involved in dehumanizing the LGBTQUIA community.
~ Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju