A lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) society will soon join the ranks of popular societies such as dramatics and western music at Lady Shri Ram College.
Started by students, Queerosity, is a society that aims to discuss and understand ‘queerness’. The focus of the society will be to question what is usually thought to be normal in the world.
The society is one of the first in the city’s educational institutes to raise and discuss alternate sexuality and ‘normal’ sexual behaviour.
“Our collective is open to everyone and the main aim is to dig deeper and understand the prejudice against people who don’t identify as heterosexual,” said Nikita Saxena, a third year student of English and member of Queerosity’s core team.
The society, which came into existence in August, is yet to be registered by the college officially but the students have already started working.
“There are small cards placed all over the campus that ask questions about queer characters in popular culture such as Harry Potter to pique curiosity.
It is a wonderful initiative since a lot of people have a very constricted view of being gay or even cross dressing,” said Parul Rana, a student of political science at LSR.
On its official Facebook page, Queerosity highlights its broader agenda. “Queerosity comes out as a platform for you to question and challenge all that you’ve ever been told and to know that you’re not alone. No more hushed tones or knowing half-smiles about sex. Gay isn’t a best friend or pink.
And cross-dressing isn’t just the stuff of Comedy Nights (a TV show).”
Many colleges in DU regularly hold seminars and discussions around the LGBT population but students from LSR are the first to form a dedicated society. JNU also has a queer group called Dhanak that is open to students and actively participates in debates on sexuality.