In times, when there is increasing and growing antipathy towards Muslims and Dalits, when the voices of hatred and sirens for bloodshed get louder to terminate those who eat beef, when poor farmers and cattle traders are lynched for transporting cattle, shouldn’t LGBTQ people stand up and protest against each act of crime and injustice that unfurls each day?
Despite this onslaught of high-voltage atrocity and the continual thumping of nationalist chests, complaints have poured in that by talking about the various kinds of hate, crimes and oppressions – one is derailing pride and a fight for queer issues
Even when the queer acknowledges their own caste, it is to make it caste-neutral. Upper caste individuals tell us again and again as to why are we unnecessarily bothering the people around us by ‘bringing in caste’.
Queer people cannot be free in a world where people of various hues are shackled, not just because a common oppressor – overarching patriarchy – attacks us all, but also because many of us straddle multiple identities – we’re Dalit and queer, Muslim and queer, Tribal and queer, Disabled and queer.