Celebrating Pride

 

Today, June 26th, is Equality Day. To celebrate, we at SAAFBA are going to bring up the much needed conversation on non-heterosexual conforming people in the South Asian community.

“Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So instead of asking why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.”

This quote, popularly used in the LGBTQ+ community as a testament to their need for solidarity, can also be used in light of how non-heterosexual people are treated in the South Asian community. As we spend Pride Month celebrating equality and raising awareness for the work that has to be done, remember that legislation is a big part of the fight. Currently, most South Asian countries view homosexuality as punishable by law (the one exception being Nepal). Without tangible changes in legislation, there won’t be a stop to the persecution of those in the LGBTQ+ community.

As for those of us in the Bay Area, stay connected with groups that allow you to demonstrate solidarity. Check out groups like Trikone (link: https://www.facebook.com/trikone/), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports and advocates for the South Asian LGBTQ+ community in the Bay Area. Most importantly, get involved in pushing for political involvement and changes in legislation to make sure that equality is celebrated and acknowledged on every level of our government.

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