First ever LGBT Parade
Goa is ready to organize its first ever LGBT parade – Goa Rainbow Pride Walk 2017 on October 28. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness about the rights of the LGBT community. In the parade members of the LGBT community and general public will take part.
The parade will be taken out from the Old Secretariat to Miramar beach (approximately five kms) . A film festival will also be held in the state capital, in which 4-5 movies on the struggles of the LGBT community, will be screened. A party will also been organised in one of the beach villages.
The organiser claimed that attacks on transgenders in the state is common and it is sad that they have to face people’s wrath. The parade will pass without causing any hindrance to the traffic movement, the participants have been allowed to use masks, if they want to hide their identity. However, they have forbidden the participants from wearing costumes that are linked to religious and political personalities.
About the Community: The LGBT community or GLBT community, also referred to as the gay community, is a loosely defined grouping of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and LGBT-supportive people, organizations, and subcultures, united by a common culture and social movements. Homosexuality and queer identities may be acceptable to more Indian youths than ever before, but within the boundaries of family, home and school, acceptance of their sexuality and freedom to openly express their gender choices still remain a constant struggle for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people.In urban India, where social media and corporate initiatives have created increasing awareness of LGBT rights, the scenario looks more upbeat for gay men than for transgender people or lesbian women. While urban LGBT voices that are heard through several online and real-world platforms form an important part of LGBT activism, these expose only a small part of the diverse challenges faced by the community.Far away from gay pride parades, meet-ups and heated discussions on Twitter, families in rural India have their own ways of dealing with LGBT individuals.
Legal Outcome in India: According to law, earlier Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises consensual sexual acts of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) adults in private, amounts to denial of their rights to privacy and dignity and results in gross miscarriage of justice. India’s Supreme Court has that the right of the country’s LGBT people to express their sexuality without discrimination. Sexual orientation is covered under clauses in the Indian Constitution that relate to liberty, despite the Government claiming there was no legal right to privacy.
The SC judgement read: “Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy.”
“Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual. Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.”
The latest ruling of Supreme Court confirms the freedom to express sexual orientation formed part of a wider case assessing whether privacy was a fundamental right for the 1.3 billion people living in India. The panel decided it should be part of the right to life and liberty enshrined in the country’s contribution.
Around the world: Favourable and Non-Favorable Impacts
1. In many African countries where homosexuality is already illegal, more draconian anti-gay laws are being passed and violence against LGBT people is increasing.
2. The US president supports gay marriage (same-sex marriage legalized only in some cities of the United States). Parts of Latin America remain the standard for equality for LGBT rights.
3. Argentina's Gender Identity Law 2012 allowed the change of gender on birth certificates for transgender people. It also legalised same-sex marriage in 2010, giving same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples, including the right to adopt children.
4. Uruguay and Mexico City also allow equal marriage and adoption.
5. Colombia recognised its first legal same-sex civil union (not "marriage").
6. In Asia, LGBT groups are making progess.
7. Vietnam saw its first gay pride rally and also will launch a campaign for equality in employment. The country's ministry of justice has backed plans to legalise gay marriage, after the ministry of health came out for marriage equality.
8. In Singapore, the Pink Dot pride rally attracted 21,000 people at the end of June (the biggest number since it started four years ago) showing the Singapore is not conservative where the gay rights been concerned.
9. The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago also expressed to repeal the laws that ban homosexuality.
10. The prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, has also thinked about changing the laws.
11. The number of countries legalising same-sex marriage continues to grow, with Denmark, Brazil, France and New Zealand just some that joined more progressive countries that had legalised it earlier.
12. England and Wales has the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.
1. The countries like Iran where the Homosexuality is punishable to death and also Middle East Countries does not support the rights for LGBT Community.
2. Nigeria's anti-gay laws are becoming ever more draconian. It passed a bill outlawing same-sex marriage, punishable with a 14-year prison term.
3. In Uganda, politician banned the rights for gay and at one point seeking punish to homosexuals relationships with death penalty.
4. In Russia, gay rights are moving further away from other European countries. In an extreme version of Britain's section 28, a new law will punish anybody disseminating "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors expressed in distribution of information aimed at the formation of misperceptions of the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations