Feb 25, 2012

Gay Abandon! [55/365]

PRIDE!
LGBT: A acronym that evokes curious questions and raised eyebrows.
Lesbians, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgender. A term that can earn you both amused looks and strong feelings.

In a reminder of how out of touch the government is with its citizenry, the government criminalized homosexuality. (The foot in mouth moment here)
While the 'normal' among us would take refuge in the argument that homosexuality and the middle genders are an aberration of nature (aka freaks of nature), I wonder if we have ever wanted to walk a mile in their shoes before passing frivolous statements.

Today, as I sat in the first of our LGBTF (LGBT and Friends) committee meeting, with about 39 other colleagues, we shared the challenges that the community faced. Now, I myself am not part of the community but I can visualize how difficult living and working can be when most companies (and colleagues) still judge you based on your sexuality. \
In a world where we rush to ban and isolate a behavior or inclination that is different from what we are used to, our gays, lesbians and transgenders live a mime. We often confuse unnatural sex with incest.
We need to change our perceptions. While we cannot life, shift and apply best practices from the West, we can certainly be more humane and sensitive to the community.

Thankfully, the light is now visible at the end of the tunnel. With a landmark Indian judgement that decriminalized homosexuality in 2009, many companies have started self-help groups that actively encourage individuals within the LGBT community to be more comfortable in their skin.

But the challenge has only begun. While right-wing fundamentalists and conservative religious groups fight the court to repel the judgement, I can only see huge wins by integrating a community that is as incredibly talented and diverse as the LGBT into the mainstream.

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