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Recently I read the biography of Karan Johar, the famous Indian
filmmaker. What struck me most was when he says that he knows what
his sexuality is, the entire India knows what his sexuality is
Recently I read the biography of Karan Johar, the famous Indian filmmaker. What struck me most was when he says that he knows what his sexuality is, the entire India knows what his sexuality is and yet he is afraid to officially come out because he can be put behind bars. This might seem absurd to anyone not familiar with the Indian laws so let me simplify this for you. In India, according to section 377 of the constitution, it is illegal to be gay.
It got me thinking, is the reason that so many people in India prefer to stay in the closet than come out to their near and dear ones. Is it so scary out there that you rather live your entire life hiding who you truly are? Would you really live your life without love, knowing that only if you would have spoken out or done something or the other, your life would have been different?
I've read about gay conversion therapy that they have in the USA, or at least used to. It is a place where members of the LGBT community are sent to be turned straight. A popular method used was the electroshock method in which every time a person showed attraction towards the same sex, they were shocked. The therapist believed that if they attached a negative or 'unpleasant' stimuli to the attraction, the person would eventually be cured of the disease that turns you gay. But thats the US, in India the first reaction of people would be to drag you out and stone you to death or shun you from the society. If this doesnt happen, nobody would acknowledge the fact that you're gay and never ever talk about it. instead of confronting these feelings, we try to cover and hide them.
According to a study conducted, it was found that 60 percent of all homophobes are actually homosexuals who have been repressing their feelings. Makes you wonder if that is going to be you in the future, doesn't it? It's a famous saying that you either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain. This especially seems to be true in this case. When you have been told time and again that what you feel is morally wrong and are committing a sin, you start to believe it and then later follow it as well.
Just think about a person who has been told that his sexuality is unacceptable so many times that he believes it, believes that there is something wrong with him on a biological level and (s)he should just stop feeling things. That same person grows up in this cold, hard world and sees what the society does to the people who do not bend to each of its wimps and fancies, to people who do not fit. He believes all of this and when he finally meets a kid who is just like him, instead of supporting him and helping him, he pushes him down.
When he finally has a chance do something right, he doesnt because at first he was afraid and now he's finally become the perfect citizen of the society, someone who doesnt feel and is essentially a robot.