LGBT has been a sensitive issue which affects 10% of the population. It’s a sexual orientation which one doesn’t demand for but acquires naturally. Often these kind of people are subjected to discrimination and inequality.
To bring an end to the differential treatment towards them , which are often unfair , there have been several social movements and protests around the world to bring about awareness and equality.
Immediately following World War II, a number of homosexual rights groups came into being or were revived across the Western world, in Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries and the United States.These groups usually preferred the term homophile to homosexual. The homophile movement lobbied to establish a prominent influence in political systems of social acceptability.
Even though the term LGBT or GLBT or LGBTQ was adopted in the 1990s referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; the movements have been continuing in different parts of the world.
On April 25, 1993, an estimated 800,000 to one million people participate in the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. The march was a response to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, Amendment 2 in Colorado, as well as rising hate crimes and ongoing discrimination against the LGBT community.
Coming back to the present time, where some of the developed countries have accepted LGBT community like any other minority group, India still holds the law of section 377 which was introduced during the British rule of India, criminalizing homosexual activities. However, this law has been highly opposed. The movement to repeal Section 377 was initiated by AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan in 1991. Their historic publication Less than Gay: A Citizen’s Report, spelled out the problems with 377 and asked for its repeal. On 29 June 2008, five Indian cities (Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore and Pondicherry) celebrated gay pride parades.
Thus, this has been a long struggle of the LGBT community. Nevertheless, they have been going against all odds to get the equal rights and an acceptance in the society. Such undying spirit and determination towards equality have been truly exceptional.