It’s Pride Month bitches! And I cannot stress this enough about me loving the LGBTQA community that stop letting people try to pester you because you’re gay! It is not okay if you’re a closeted queer teen and are made fun of because of your feminine/masculine qualities. Speak up!

I’ve seen plenty people being shunned when they try to support the LGBTQA community by word like “Oh you’re supporting the gays, you must be gay also no?” Like what mentality is this? Plus if you’re trying to help your friend out, you’re automatically considered to be their lover. I wish this hypocrisy in the country could stop. Isn’t our country supposed to be democratic and secular? When are we supposed to imply our freedom of expression then?

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India is a country with a population of 133.92 crores which is exactly 1.3392 billion. A country which has few lesser amount of people than China and yet we are so quite about Sex, Queer Identity and basic human rights? I’m sure we didn’t start off from the process of photosynthesis, did we? Because if we did, then the vegans are probably eating their own cousins.(YIKES!)

Research has found that attempted suicide rates and suicidal ideation among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are substantially higher than in the general population. The highest rate of suicide attempts among LGBT adolescents indicates scientific research linked to homophobic attitudes and heterosexual discrimination.

Luckily, since humanity is still alive, there are two projects that are trying to help the people out and prevent such heinous crimes against them. They are called The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project.

The Trevor Project was founded by director/producer Peggy Rajski, producer Randy Stone and screenwriter James Lecesne, creators of the 1994 Academy Award-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life.” They are an American non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBT youth, the project “is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.” 

It Gets Better Project is an Internet-based campaign founded in the US by Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller in September 2010, in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. The videos that were posted emphasized the idea that hope is possible despite the bullying that LGBT individuals may face. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message through social media videos that these teens’ lives will improve. The project has grown rapidly: over 200 videos were uploaded in the first week, and the project’s YouTube channel reached the 650 video limit in the next week. The project is now organized on its own website, the It Gets Better Project, and includes more than 30,000 entries with more than 40 million views from people of all sexual orientations, including many celebrities. A book of essays from the project, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, was released in March 2011.

Now that information was taken up straight Wikipedia but I want you guys to ask yourselves and rethink, “have I ever done anything wrong to my queer friend, unknowingly that has hurt their feelings?”, “Am I a good person if I make fun of the LGBTQ?” and if you’re creative enough then you might even ask other relevant questions to yourselves so that you can get your head out of your ass about the misconceptions you have about the queer community.

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I still remember one incident back in my college days when people had feeble minded questions/assumptions about the queer community! There were statements like “Dude! You’re Gay?! Then don’t hit on me, I’m not that type!” Someone legit asked me once “Oh! You’re from Guwahati? Oh there are probably a lot of Gays and Lesbians there, no?” When queer parades were held, I had a hypocritical friend who legit used to attend these parades and later bitch to me about the “uprising of gays” and “how the gays are going to take over and fuck us all in the ass”. Like girl! Get your head out of your ass first. You need to be their type first and then have their consent too!

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Love is what we think of it to be. We can reshape it, rebuild it or even destroy it. 

Then I want to talk about people think that Queer from the bisexual community is confused! NO! We aren’t. We just prefer both but we also take our sweet time to decide who we end up with. If I end up with a man, it doesn’t make me any less queer than you are. THAT’S WHAT THE B IN LGBTQ STANDS FOR!

All I could ever say is, open up your hearts and your minds for us. It took us balls of steel to come out and be who we are. It takes us a lot of guts to be out there and be fabulous at the same time. Stay queer, steer clear and have no fear. The Queer Community is here to stay. We are not moving, treat us like equals. Jokes are fine too, as long as you don’t try to reach the part of us which makes us want to restrain from you. We were here since the beginning of time, but there is no ending to that lineage. We are fabulous and we are GAY and it’s about time ya’ll embraced that too! Peace!

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