Lgbt Rights Essay

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INTRODUCTION
LGBT rights have been a hot topic in India during the last few months due to the Supreme Court of India‘s decision of recriminalizing gay sex. The issue of gay rights is very cloudy in our great nation. Most of this is due to the problems with the issue, the reasons for controversy, and the pros and cons of the issue. First of all, both sides have too many problems with gay rights for there to be a common ground on the issue. The biggest problem we find with the whole thing is the problem is not just fought by words, but also by physical means. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people frequently face violence motivated by their sexuality or gender identity. ...view middle of the document...

Historically, state-sanctioned persecution of homosexuals was mostly limited to male homosexuality, termed "sodomy". During the medieval and early modern period, the penalty for sodomy was usually death. During the modern period (from the 19th century to the mid20th century) in the Western world, the penalty was usually a fine or imprisonment. As of 2009, there remain under 80 countries worldwide where homosexual acts remain illegal. India is one of them. There have been countless instances of gay bashing across India. One instance took place on April 30, 2012. The gay son of the president of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been subjected to severe beatings by the police at his father‘s behest. There are many more such cases even more brutal ones which suggest a total in-humanistic discrimination against the LGBT community. This report goes on to discuss in detail the various kinds of discrimination the LGBT community has to face at the hands of law and people. We also focused on section 377 and its repercussions on the psyche of the homosexuals. This report includes a questionnaire where our sample group is modern youth mostly BITSians and other friends from our school. They were asked various questions pertaining to their knowledge and mentality about homosexuals and accordingly we tried to analyse their answers. We also studied the interview of a famous Indian gay activist and writer ‗Vikram Seth‘ and asked similar questions to one of our friend who is himself a gay. He was ready to answer all of our queries anonymously. At the end we gave some suggestions to improve position of homosexuals in our society.

HYPOTHESIS
Indian youth has accepted the gay community and are demanding discrimination against them to be stopped. India has reached a stage where it can slowly move towards legalizing gay marriages and have full acceptance of homosexuals in our society

Being a homosexual is not a crime but a natural condition and should be accepted by the society. Proper education and awareness about homosexuals could lead to their acceptance in society Accepting homosexuality is to legitimise it but by showing social disapproval, homosexuality cannot be suppressed.

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HOMOSEXUALS
Public discussion of homosexuality in India has been inhibited by the fact that sexuality in any form is rarely discussed openly. Mental, physical, emotional and economic violence against LGBT community in India prevails. Lacking support from family, society or police, many gay rape victims stay silent. There have been many cases of individuals being stripped of their jobs when they opened up about their sexuality. The LGBT community makes up about 5-10% of India Inc's workforce, according to a LGBT Resource Guide created by Google, IBM, Goldman Sachs and Community Business last year. A slew of measures rolled out by leading companies such as IBM, Google, Infosys, etc, to ensure that employees with an alternate sexual...

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