Director: Jeevanandhan Rajendran
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Summary: People’s Panchayats on Resisting Stigma and Homophobia; Action Plus - a Coalition for Rights, Education and Care in HIV and AIDS. Saleem Kidwai, author of “Same Sex Love in India”, and a member of the Delhi Panchayat's jury, responds to the depositions heard. Mr. Kidwai talks specifically in response to another jury member's verdict, arguing that there exists no necessary link between a person's educational level and the difficulty that they might face in coming out.
People's Panchayats on Resisting Stigma and Homophobia; Action Plus - a Coalition for Rights, Education and Care in HIV and AIDS. Saleem Kidwai, author of "Same Sex Love in India", and a member of the Delhi Panchayat's jury, responds to the depositions heard. Mr. Kidwai talks specifically in response to another jury member's verdict, arguing that there exists no necessary link between a person's educational level and the difficulty that they might face in coming out.
people's panchayats on resisting stigma and homophobia
That's hard that to follow. And already I, most of that what I have to say would be repeating things that have already been said, because I agree with everything that's been said here except a few thing. And therefore, I will talk about those which doesn't mean that I don't agree with the things that I don't mention. But let me briefly say what I have been verifying incandescent. That is as Sunil said, the personal testimonies. And I think, all of you have already made that break. You've succeeded. Your struggles will go on for the rest of your life, but the major struggle has been broken and that in itself is a huge example for others to follow, that you are in a position to talk about it. And, this recording, this personal recording, this personal conveying of the message of this personal story is important, but beyond that its also important to stress that it has to be a personal struggle at basic level. As Sunil has said, we can expect government help, we can expect change in law, etc. etc., but no matter what happens, it will still have to be the individual who will have to enforce, own power and actually to use it. I would like to say that phobia, its homophobia for others, comes in very large packages. It is not as if homophobia is something that is different from other phobias. Very often it goes along with other phobias. So, a family which is homophobic or a person who is homophobic bound to be intolerant in many many ways. Therefore, the struggle has to be his struggle. We cannot take, beyond a point, take it upon us to educate every one of the phobias and we have to get on with our lives. This is what I firmly believe, that, we have to take care of ourselves. Of course, we need all the help we can, but even if we don't, we will find a way as all these people have just shown that without help, without any support, you find ways, you find people, you find support system to carry on. And one last thing I would like to mention, something I would disagree with several speakers, is that it is not always education and social status that is linked with certain attitudes. I don't think, its automatic. We should not assume that, no, most of the time, I think. I think, for instance, can you imagine, one of the 2 Ambanis brothers been gay. They would have a horrible time. There is no chance of them ever to come out. So, task, education, their degrees. So, I think, we need to rethink a lot of these things. it is matter, it's much more complex, just social status, education… It would have huge impact, but I don't see it's happening....
I don't want to trivialize this. All I am saying is its not easy. And that prejudice and that thing should not be linked with.