Today, the world celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia. And showing some love seems to be the best way to do it, at least internationally.
In what is being called the Great Global Kiss-in, gays and lesbians in at least six major US cities, as well as several other countries, will get together in public, canoodle and smooch to show that love between people of the same gender is nothing to be afraid of.
Back home, those who are a part of or support the LGBT community feel our society has come a long way in its attitude towards homosexuality. “It’s a day to spread awareness and any day that celebrates homosexuality is great,” says actress Celina Jaitly, who campaigns for the LGBT community.
TV actor Bobby Darling says, “I’m going to do something special to celebrate,” she says. For Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s first openly gay royal, “It’s refreshing to see such a celebration. Our country is now prepared to accept homosexuality.”
For Saleem Kidwai, gay studies scholar, events such as the gay pride parade or the global kiss-in, “are great as they help sensitise people to the issue.”
Gays and lesbians in Delhi, too, think the day is a good opportunity to celebrate. “I’ll go out for dinner with my girlfriend,” says Sunaina Sharma, 24, blogger. “Hopefully we’ll celebrate it on a bigger scale next year,” says Shimit Aggarwal, 27, BPO employee.