LGBT community celebrates SC verdict

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 7 | Publish Date: 9/7/2018 11:46:46 AM IST

A day after the Supreme Court decriminalized gay sex under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, LGBTQ community in Meghalaya on Friday came together to celebrate the verdict.

Initially the LGBTQ community wanted to hold their celebration at downtown Shillong (Khyndai Lad) and had even fixed the timings at 1600 hours but at the eleventh hour the authorities refused to give them permission in view of the present law and order situation. However, the LGBT community held an impromptu gathering at Don Bosco Square, Laitumkhrah.

“As the SC brought changes in the country, I want the same changes to be there in our state the acceptance for the community as human especially the churches as they are really against (us),” LGBTQ community leader, Donna Marweiñ said.

Stating the society for being discriminatory towards them, Marweiñ said “.. even if the Supreme Court has struck down section 377 the stigma and discrimination still remains but at least we can live our own lives. We will still fight for our own rights.” Pointing out that the Church being discriminatory towards them and are yet to accept them, another community member Vishal Blah said that they are trying to convince the Church to accept them. “We expect the society and the Church to be sympathetic towards us. We want the Church to treat as human beings and understand them before taking any decision which will go against us,” Blah said.

Blah also said that people in Shillong accept them for the way they are except for a few with (negative) mentality it happens everywhere.

He also urged the parents to accept their children who are born gay.

“We don’t want to put ourselves in trouble for being gay. You always face discrimination. It is something we are born with. We don’t want to put ourselves in trouble for being gay. You always face discrimination. It is something we are born with,” Blah said.


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