“We Got a Reason to Live Life with Dignity”: Odisha Kinnar Mahasangh

Bhubaneswar: “Though our country got independence 72 years ago, we were deprived of freedom. The Supreme Court verdict on decriminalizing homosexuality is a victory over our thinking and mentality. Now we are independent. The historic verdict will help in eliminating social stigma in our society. We have now got a reason to live life fully and happily with dignity,” Meera Parida, President All Odisha Kinnar Mahasangh.

The Supreme Court land mark judgment on Section 377 has sent a wave of happiness among the transgender and gay community of Odisha’s Capital Bhubaneswar. People from various community have joined hands to celebrate the historical verdict.

The transgender community were seen applying colours on each other’s face and have distributed sweets and cakes. Dancing to their favorite move they have celebrated their historic win.

Not only in Bhubaneswar, the transgender community in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Calcutta have also celebrated the day. The verdict sparked celebrations in the LGBTIQ community across India.

“After the SC judgment many homosexual and lesbian will come forward, we need not hide anything now. It’s not a crime, we are not wrong, finally we got our right,” said a member of LGBTIQ community.

“I am a gay, I m a homosexual, I am a lesbian now we are open to say this. People were talking behind us when two same sex persons were coming closer. After the verdict we need not fear, what we are, one has to accept that,” said another member of LGBTIQ community.

A five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, and Justice Indu Malhotra partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as unconstitutional.

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