The Supreme Court’s historic verdict on decriminalising Section 377 filled the LGBTQAI+ community with joy all over the country on Tuesday. The members of the LGBT community gathered at different places across the country to celebrate the verdict. A similar sense of joy could be felt on social media as not just the LGBT community members but also their supporters expressed their joy through their posts in words and images. Here are some posts from the social media users rejoicing and sharing their sheer joy over the verdict.
Here is the post from Sagrika Kissu’s Facebook account where she expressed her happiness through a poem…
That touch that never ached,
Those harsh gazes of hate,
Our love was judged and decried,
Tell them Homosexuality is now decriminalized
My breasts pressed against the wall,
Your nails writing love on my spine,
I fondle with your tits,
You moan with joy.
The urge to hold your hand,
And to act publicly sane,
They were ashamed of us,
I never knew why?
You hold my hand as we cross the road,
You hold it beyond in the public sight
I touch your hips,
You wink at me with a smile
Tell them aloud Homosexuality has been decriminalized.
Another Facebook user Mohtashim Hashmi shares his worry about the less privileged LGBT community people whose struggle and fight for identity, dignity, and freedom still remains the same as the social stigma and taboo among Indians remain within the so-called normal people in society.
While we feel pride in the scraping of article 377, we must not forget the lesser privilege queer and trans folks that do not have the safe-spaces to even celebrate. I remember back in 2016, when I clicked this picture, I met a group of trans men and they were very confident that the law will be scrapped sooner or later because they have the support from “Padhe likhe log” (privileged class). This is time for the privileged to step out of their comfort-zones to stand together and fight for the oppressed that fail to find a voice because of the societal mechanisms and beliefs.
The fight for true freedom has just started.
Another Facebook user posts
Supreme Court strikes down Section 377 in a unanimous verdict on Thursday. CJI Dipak Misra says there is a consensus among the judgments, which means all the judges are in agreement on the criminalisation of Section 377. Homosexuality is not a mental disorder. It is a completely natural condition, the Supreme Court observed during the judgment of Section 377.
The apex court said that the society cannot dictate a sexual relationship between consenting adults as it a private affair. Justice Chandrachud said that the denial of the right to sexual orientation is akin to denial of the right to privacy.