Held in association with NextGen India, the online debate ‘Has the Indian Govt. made a mockery of the homosexuality issue?’ saw active participation by many. Gay rights activist Harrish Iyer(@hiyer), was one of the panelists. In case you missed the debate, below is a transcript of the hour long debate held on Mar 31st.
@hiyer: I am Harish Iyer.An active voice for many causes, homosexuality being one of them.
@hiyer: I think that the govt hasn’t made a mockery of homosexuality. It has made a mockery of itself. I feel that the govt has been playing yo-yo with homosexuals in the country.
@sukhi88: The government has just been shy, but has pretty much stood for gays now by favouring Delhi HC verdict
@hiyer: Why is it so uncomfortable to tell the world that you’d allow 2 ADULTS to have CONSENSUAL sex in their bedroom for anybody?
@Beatrice108: What do you think is behind the GoI unclear stance on homosexuality?
@Beatrice108: I’m no expert: Would it have been faster (HC verdict to SC) with govt. support from beginning?
@hiyer: Not just denying. It doesn’t want to acknowledge the existence
@sukhi88: Yes but they are elected. So are elected representatives denying people who elected them their rights?
@hiyer: These elected representatives are the product of the same biased society. So in a way, yes.
@hiyer: I feel homosexuality also comes later. What rights do transgenders have in our country? Aren’t they human?
@Beatrice108 :Perhaps the issue is broader. All sexualities should be protected. Agree with transgenders’ hardship.
@hiyer: @Dhruva_Mathur We gays need to be more sensitive to T and B rights. Bisexuals and Trans are as natural as straight and gay. I feel our opponents think a lot about sex. They fail to acknowledge that love is beyond gender. We need the right to live a dignified life. The opponents make it look like we are fighting for the right to fornicate.
@Dhruva_Mathur: So we conclude the debate with the conclusions that elected representatives belonging to political parties don’t support homosexuality. And as @hiyer said that rights are being denied here. Homosexuality rights must lead to rights for the transgender.
@Dhruva_Mathur: It’s been an interesting debate with many points coming up. Nextgen India would like to thank all the participants.