TARGETING INDIVIDUALS OVER SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Remember the rainbow-coloured flags and wigs that were flashed a few years back? Well, not long ago, though! Yes, we are talking about the LGBT protests of 2013 in India. Many protesters and human rights activists took to the roads of New Delhi in the winter season of December. They were protesting against the Supreme Court banning and criminalizing gay sex.

In a country like ours, where even love marriage in different castes is considered a huge taboo, to speak on the term sexuality is all the more a heavy term to be digested. Our society doesn’t favour the same sex love or rather finds it sinful to be frank on topics such as sexuality.

Sexual orientation ofttimes has been misunderstood. It is more than a person’s preference for sexual relationship with a particular sex. It also involves emotional aspect to it. On 12th June, Orlando witnessed the most horrifying massacre ever in the history of America. As many as 49 lives were brutally eliminated and 53 were injured in a gay night club, Pulse, situated in Florida. After mass killing, at the end, he was killed by the officers in charge during the rampage.

Omar Mateen, a 29-year gay fellow who was unengaged, killed 49 people in the club where around 320 people were alive before his presence. He was despondent with his present state of arranged marriage, in which he was shoved into by his father. Mateen was seeking contentment in the form of love and embracement. In search of love and being accepted as he was, he continually relied on gay dating apps and websites. Here he met a man named Miguel with whom he had sexual relationship for a short duration of 2 months. They had met 15 to 20 times in a hotel in Florida.

The place of mass bloodshed was often his and several other Latin men s’ destination. Mateen had sexual relations with two Puerto Ricon men. Later on, he got to know that one of them was HIV positive. It was for this reason he loathed Latin men and ultimately took revenge for what one of them did with him.

According to some reports, Mateen had links with the ISIS but no clues have been found until now. There is no lucidity of him being a terrorist though.

The fact that led to this flagrant act was that, deep inside he was scarred and was tormented by sexual identity issues of which he wasn’t aware but simply failed to accept or believe the prevailing truth that stood in front of him. His father was in a

state of shock when numerable news channels raised questions on his son’s sexuality. He denied his son was gay and never saw any implications of being so.

As sexual orientation and gender identity are sensitive issues, people shy away from discussing it in public. But we have to speak out because lives are at stake, and because it is our moral obligation to protect the rights of everyone, everywhere. These lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of all ages and in all regions of the world are exposed to egregious violations of their human rights. They are discriminated against in schools, in the labour market, and in hospitals, mistreated and disowned by their own families. They are picked for physical attack – beaten, sexually assaulted, tortured and even killed. In many countries, laws against cross dressing are used to punish transgender people on the basis of their gender identity and expression.

In recent times, a number of countries have made a determined effort to strengthen human rights protection for LGBT people. A variety of new laws has been adopted – including laws banning discrimination, penalizing homophobic and transphobic hate crimes, granting recognition of same-sex relationships, and making it easier for transgender individuals to get official recognition that shows their preferred gender. Various programmes have been formulated for police, prison staff, teachers, social workers and other personnel, and anti-bullying initiatives have been taken in many schools.

As men and women of conscience, we have to reject discrimination in general, and in particular discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While protecting LGBT people from discrimination, we don’t need a new set of LGBT-specific rights, nor do we require the new international human rights standards. All the legal obligations of States to safeguard the human rights of LGBT people are there. All people, irrespective of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to enjoy the protections provided for by international human rights law.

It is very disappointing when one encounters the challenges that LGBT youths must face in order to establish their own identity. Who can one turn to when they see a society that does not foster multicultural understanding for LGBT populations? For this, the role of the mental health practitioner is most important. It is vital that they be educated, trained, and meet the needs to work with diverse populations such as LGBT youths. In recent times, though, there has been much improvement about tolerance towards LGBT, and guidelines are there to help meet the needs of LGBT youths, society is still far from eliminating oppression and discrimination against the community. Anyways, there is a ray of hope.

 

  • Contentment

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a feeling of calm and satisfaction

Synonyms : satisfaction

  • Despondent

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; extremely unhappy and discouraged

Synonyms : unhappy

  • Egregious

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant

Synonyms: gross, outrageous, notorious, shocking

  • Flagrant

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; contrary to the standards of conduct or morality

Synonyms : shocking, dreadful

  • Foster

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; promote the growth of

Synonyms : nurture

  • Loathed

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; to dislike somebody or something intensely

Synonyms : hate

  • Ofttimes

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adverb; many times at short intervals

Synonyms : frequently, often times

  • Rampage

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; Violently angry and destructive behaviour

Synonyms : run riot

  • Transphobia

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; unreasoning hostility, aversion, etc., toward transgender people.

  • Tormented

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; experiencing intense pain especially mental pain

Synonyms : disturbed, perturbed

  • Tainted

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; something undesirable or dangerous

Synonyms : fouled, spoiled

  • Unengaged

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; not in action or at work

Other Meaning(s) : not promised in marriage

Synonyms : unemployed, idle

  • Vengeful

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; having or showing a strong desire for revenge

Synonyms : revengeful, unforgiving

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