Hi Folks! In the newly designed website of MAVA, we are glad to have an interactive blog space for MAVA team, associates, youth leaders from colleges and universities across India… a space for ventilating your thoughts, ideas, experiences, anecdote-sharing and concerns on contemporary gender happenings. The sharing can be on a wide range of gender and sexuality matters that impact us.
On the current gender scenario, the news about 100 m national champion Dutee Chand from Odisha speaking out in May 2019 about same-sex relationship she has been with a woman from her village need to be noted. Threatened and blackmailed by her sister that she would reveal about her relationship, Dutee decided to tell everyone herself.
Being the first Indian openly gay athlete, young Dutee has struggled a lot to achieve in her sport. And now, she is facing social stigma from her family and villagers, who all had earlier admired her for achievements.
Last year, the Supreme Court decriminalised same-sex love by reading down Section 377 of IPC. It was a big win in the fight for sexual rights. But the LGBT community still continues to face various kinds of discrimination and stigma in society - from physical attacks to blackmailing to professional setback.
Dutee is Out and Proud. Her coming out will give courage to countless others. We all should be standing in solidarity with her…
What are your ideas about breaking the gender binaries and of an inclusive, gender-equal society? Please do share, with personal examples.