Nagpur: Last Saturday night, the LGBTQ+ community of the city let their hair down in the real sense for the first time, organizing a gala party to celebrate the victory in their battle for recognition. The club was packed with jovial faces and everybody partied hard, cheering to the historic Supreme Court verdict.
This party was organized by the community members and hosted close to 200 people, including many new members who came out of the closet after the verdict. LGBTQ+ activist Anand Chandrani and Sarthi Trust’s Nikunj Joshi played the role of a perfect host, and transgender activist and Lok Adalat judge Vidya Kamble was also present. “It felt like a party well deserved after the battle we won. And it felt great to be reunited with the whole community again, seeing them all having fun,” said Kamble speaking to TOI. She was positive that the teenagers coming out in open today would definitely benefit. “These teenagers will not have to go through the trauma we faced. Even if it is a long journey ahead, it would be far less painful,” she said.
“Even after the verdict, the social stigma is still there. But from where I am looking at it, it will not be more than 10 years that we will be not seen as anybody different,” said Chandrani.
TOI also spoke to the few newbies joining the community for the first time. One of them said, “I am a bisexual and haven’t come out to my family yet. This is my first party and I definitely feel positive after meeting other bisexuals tonight”. Another one said, “It is such a nice vibe here. I feel like I have come home, where I don’t have to pretend to be someone else”.
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