“What is unnatural, is also natural” – Rig Veda, 2000 B.C.
Source: South Asia Journal
“Coming out is a continuous process. Every time I meet someone new, I have to reveal myself all over again. It will be a lifelong process till homosexuality is seen to be as natural as heterosexuality.” – Smruthi Narayan.
“One does not have to declare to the world about one’s sexuality in order to come to terms with it. There are many degrees of sexual orientation and if you find that you don’t fit easily into one category, perhaps you are bisexual. If you feel that you don’t fit or you can’t understand why you aren’t like other people in your life because you are different, remember that being yourself and accepting yourself for the person that you are is something to be immensely proud of. Being gay is another way of being and there is nothing wrong with it. If you feel that you want to make the choice to accept your sexuality, it would be best to find friends and loved ones to support you. Do not feel or let yourself be pressured into believing that you should ‘change your ways’. Determining your sexual orientation can be confusing. However, only you can identify yourself. Take your time and discover who you are.” – Celina Jaitely.
“A man having sex with a man or a woman having sex with a woman does not infringe upon any of your human rights. Neither does it cause you discomfort nor does it hamper your day to day activities. It does not stop you from leading a comfortable life. It does not cause immorality or social unrest. Legalising homosexuality does nothing other than provide certain humans with the rights they rightfully deserve.” – Ronnie Choudhury.
“Homosexuality is not unnatural, it is simply not what the society expects or allows men and women to be. Research suggests that anywhere between 5 to 10 per cent of most cultures and species have homosexuals (homosexuality is seen in over 15,000 species). And since we do not and cannot make a conscious choice of becoming homosexual, it’s time to put our protests down and be rest assured that there are enough people to ensure the survival of human race.” – Deepak Kashyap, psychologist.
“Many people think that transgenders are sexual perverts, that we have extreme sexual desire for young men, that we kidnap children and turn them into transgenders, that we either have both genitals, or no genitals at all. Actually, we are very ordinary people. We need food, love, and care as much as any other normal person. We also cry and laugh. We are also human beings.” – Kalki Subramaniam.
“Where society can display inclusiveness and understanding, individuals can be assured of a life of dignity and nondiscrimination. It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is anti-thesis of equality and that it is the recognition of equality which will foster the dignity of every individual.” – from the Delhi High Court Judgment de-criminalizing homosexuality.
“Immorality does not consist in being different. It consists in not allowing others to be so. It is not the individual whose sexual relations depart from the social custom who is immoral – but those are immoral who would penalize him for being different. A law-abiding citizen who respects the rights and dignities of others, if he is made to suffer merely for deviating from the conventional norm, is not the offender – he is the victim.” – Shakuntala Devi.
“Though I felt sexual towards men, I never acknowledged myself as gay. Finally, I tried having a one night stand with a woman, but it didn’t stand. That’s when I realized that I should stand up for what I feel innately without attributing it to anything. I didn’t want to live a life that the world wants me to. I didn’t want to live a lie. I started acknowledging that I love men. That I am Gay.” – Harrish Iyer.
“In the Indian tradition there is no “you may now kiss the bride,” which was hard for me as an American woman so feeding each other sweets was the equivalent. At the end of the ceremony portion of the wedding the conch shell was blown to solidify our union as the new couple. We walked down the aisle to come to the end of our wedding party to finally sneak a kiss as true to American culture.
We hope that our wedding story will inspire others to have the wedding they always dreamed of. If you love someone enough to spend your life with them, you can create exactly what you have always dreamed of. Always follow your dreams and create the future you want.” – Seema and Shannon, after their wedding in California.
“It was difficult to be gay in my family. The villagers worship us and we are role models for them. My family didn’t allow us to mix with ordinary people. Our exposure to the liberal world was minimal. Only when I was hospitalized after my nervous breakdown in 2002 did my doctor inform my parents about my sexuality. All these years I was hiding my sexuality from my parents, family and people. I never liked it and I wanted to face the reality. When I came out in the open and gave an interview to a friendly journalist, my life was transformed. Now, people accept me.”– Prince Manvendra Kumar Singh.
“This is not about encouraging homosexuality. This is not about telling or encouraging boys and girls to be homosexuals. This is about human rights. This is about the right to choose.
People are forced to remain in closet their whole lives. This is not about the big cities, where at least the community can hold protests in a public forum. The problem is in smaller places. There, they cannot hold a protest. You will perhaps remember stories from small towns when two lesbians wanted to get married and they had to run away. The problem is not confined to just big cities. It is also not an elite issue. Look at the condition of eunuchs. They come from the poorer class.”
– Priya Dutt, Member of Parliament.
“We live on a small planet of an unimportant star. Life is not easy for anyone here. Loss and fear, failure and disappointment, pain and ill-health, doubt and death – even those who have escaped from poverty have no escape from these. What makes life bearable is love-to-love, to be loved, and even after death or parting – to know that you have loved and been loved. To not be able to love the one you love is to have your life wrenched away. To do this to someone else is to murder their soul.”
– Vikram Seth, writer, arguing for de-criminalization of homosexuality.
“Based on existing scientific evidence and good practice guidelines from the field of psychiatry, the Indian Psychiatric Society would like to state that there is no evidence to substantiate the belief that homosexuality is a mental illness or a disease.”
– Joint statement by Indian Psychiatric Society president Dr Asokan and general secretary Raju.
“Homosexuality is not a disease. Homosexuality is another way of sexuality and an expression of love towards the same sex.” – Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, chairman – Law Commission of India.
Source: LGBT Life
‘Mother, I am a lesbian’ didn’t shock me. Would you love your child less if she is left-handed? Would you hate her if she is dark? You don’t. It is the same case here. Nothing changes because she has a different sexual orientation. Science has proved it’s not a disease, it is merely a difference. She is your child. And you want her to flower.”
– Chitra Palekar, theatreperson and director, speaking about being the mother of a lesbian daughter.
“To sneer at love and wrench apart the bonds of body, mind and heart, is the true unnatural crime.”
– Vikram Seth, writer.
“How can loving a person of the same gender be a disease? Being a bit different is not equal to being sick. Yes, homosexuality is rare, it’s uncommon, it’s different, it’s not seen ordinarily; But it’s not bad, not wrong, it’s not a disease, nor it’s an illness.” – Aashiq Dil.
“When you love who you are, you can start loving others. When you accept who you are, you are half-way into dealing with this relatively cruel world. When you have clearly told yourself about what matters to you and what doesn’t, you can toss off anti-gay comments without internalizing them for hatred.” – Shankar Ganesh.
“No one wants to be exploited sexually. No one wants to be a beggar. I wanted to marry and though I can’t bear children, I wanted to adopt and marry the person I love. And abandoning or ostracising us will make us live a nightmarish life. We also want to live like any other human being in this country. We also deserve happiness. We also have the social obligation and thirst to contribute to the country’s welfare.”
– Kalki Subramaniam, transgender rights activist, supporting Supreme Court’s decision to categorize transgenders as the third sex.
“There are lots of things as an artist and an Indian which we want, which the BJP (the current ruling party) doesn’t believe in and doesn’t practise. There are people like Baba Ramdev (who called homosexuality as unnatural) who are part of the BJP and are not very great role models. I hope that there is a change in BJP’s ideology. I hope the people speak to them about it and I hope they are sensitive towards different religions and different kind of people and different sexualities. I hope they are tolerant of them and embrace them and understand that it’s not only about money and it’s not only about business, they should know that.” – Sonam Kapoor, actress.
“We Indians, who were once in the forefront with our acceptance of LGBT, freedom of expression, speech and sexual preference, find ourselves amongst laggards in the present day scenario. While many nations have showed significant improvement in their view towards the LGBT community, India has failed to show any change of attitude.” – Rizwanur Rahman.
“I had no idea my participation at Mr. Gay World would become such a big issue. While being supportive, my parents are deeply religious. My father had to face snide remarks at the mosque. Since then he was ‘advised’ by community elders not to come to the local mosque to pray. I’m worried about how this pans out. If I can’t go, someone else cannot be sent instead of me now. It will be a huge loss to not represent India. It will also reflect poorly if India’s seen as a no-show.” – Thahir Mohammed Sayyed, India’s participant at Mr. Gay World contest.
“Had it not been for religion, would people have any reason to oppose LGBTQ rights?” – Nauman Siddiqui.
“Why should men and women alone decide the fate of our country? The third gender must also have a say in the affairs of the country, is it not? I can’t have children. So I have decided to be a mother for as many people. Service is my life’s calling. I don’t have any other ambition” – Devi, Transgender and activist, who contested against Chief Minister Jayalalitha in the MLA election.
“Sexual freedom is necessary for everybody. Sexuality is your basic right.” – Rose Venkatesan.