Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Hermaphrodite: Celina Jaitley
It's a big day for India's sexual minority. In a major victory for 25 lakh homosexuals in the country, the Delhi High Court today pronounced its verdict on the controversial penal provision on homosexuality legalising consensual same-sex in the country. After 150 years, section 377 of the IPC that criminalised same sex has been amended.
No wonder, Celina Jaitley who has been fighting for the gay rights is jumping with joy. In her latest blog she writes:
It’s really amusing to see how people jump to conclusions the moment we utter the sentence, “Oh... he/she is gay!”
If it’s a gay man most people think ... “oh, he’s a cross-dressing queen”...or... “the guy must walk like a woman and love to wear blue eyeliner” ...and sometimes people will immediately conclude that “...he is a threat to all masculinity”. And if it’s a gay woman, then the first conclusion people jump to is the word “Dyke”.
Well, I would really like to clear these perceptions because every gay person is different. These are the things you need to know about gay people:
A) All gay men don’t dress/walk/talk or want to be like women
B) All gay women don’t want to dress up like a man with a crew cut and walk around scratching their balls.
C) Some gay people are just trapped emotionally in the wrong body and hence they display/emulate the traits of the opposite sex... which is also a part of some gays’ personalities (transgenders/transsexuals).
D) Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity (sense of themselves as male or female) or gender expression differs from that usually associated with their birth sex. Many transgenders live part-time or full-time as members of the other gender.
E) Transsexuals are transgender people who live or wish to live full-time as members of the gender opposite to their birth sex. Biological females who wish to live and be recognized as men are called female-to-male (FTM) transsexuals or transsexual men.
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