“The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is. That representation across the board is how we make films. Look, it’s an honor to be a part of something that is taking those steps, but the goal is to look back on this time and just be shocked that it took us this long to get there.” on his controversial kissing scene in Lightyear June 2021. We agree @ChrisEvans ! Some day we should hope to look back and marvel at why it took long for equality to manifest in our lives.
On being an ally to the LGBTQ Community, this is what @TillotamaShome had to say, “A large part of being an ally is to educate yourself about the challenges of the marginalised community. So yes, we must support but in an informed way and without capitalising on it and making it about ourselves.” An ally’s first and foremost duty lies to the self. To educate and nurture the inner workings in a way where we are breaking down the shadows of systemic barriers within us. A true show of allyship exhibited by Tillotama Shome.
“It feels strange to me that we even have to ask that question and the fact that we need to address it. We should not even allow ourselves to even be in this place where somebody else dictates how and with whom you want to spend the rest of your lives,” said @DeepikaPadukone when Section 377 was scraped. Deepika Padukone along with actor-husband Ranveer Singh have celebrated the momentous victory for the LGBTQIA community. It is important to have public figures supporting the community at such a scale, as bollywood has a huge impact on our psyche, consciously or subconsciously.
Justice DY Chandrachud
Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud is one of the few judges who is vocal about the rightsof LGBTQ community. Decriminalisation of section 377 of the penal code has enabled queer people to emerge as legally empowered citizens and demand their rights rightfully and proudly. Structural changes are still needed to ensure that we are able to extend these positive legal actions to marginalised queer people who continue to face intersecting oppressions”.
Justice Leila Seth
Justice Leila Seth is the first Woman judge and also the first Woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, a champion of gender and human rights in her days. With the Naz Foundation case of the Delhi high court sticking down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, she very movingly wrote in an article, “What makes life meaningful is love. The right that makes us human is the right to love. To criminalize the expression of that right is profoundly cruel and inhumane”. She is the mother of renowned author Vikram Seth.
Taapsee Pannu is a forerunner supporter of the LGBTQ community and has often spoken for their equal rights. While applauding the judgment of Section 377 she said, “I am a proud feminist but that does not mean demanding more rights; it means equality and nothing else and same goes for the LGBTQIA+ rights. India gained freedom in 1947 but LGBTQIA+ community got freedom in 2018. Too late, but finally we as a country can take pride in that. And fight for equality.”
Ishan Khatter while talking about his notions on love and the hatered faced by LGBTQ community said, “I feel that any kind of discrimination, be it on the basis of caste or class and sexuality is a form of hate. Love is what should unite us all and not hate towards a community.”
The former One Direction singer is always seen waving Pride flags at his concerts. Once @harrystyles helped his fan come out to her mother. His open support for gay athlete Michael Sam cannot be forgotten. Harry once proclaimed that “we’re all a little bit gay”. His love and support to all his fans regardless of their groups and community is not hidden. In fashion, Harry never looses a chance to wear Pride collection outfits. He has been seen wearing Pride outfits during award shows and concerts.
Same-sex attraction was decriminalised in India in 2018. Before that, it was looked at as a perversion, a condition, an anomaly, and something that needs to be cured. In 1977, the Indian queer community found an unlikely ally in a world-renowned mathematician, the “human computer” as she is fondly called, when Shakuntala Devi wrote “The World of Homosexuals” demanding the decriminalisation of same-sex attraction and a request to view intolerance towards the LGBTQIA+ community as immoral.