Homobhobia in 21st Century

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Homophobia in the 21st century “Homosexuality” is generally considered a taboo subject by both Indian civil society and the government. Being in the 21st century Indian laws and Indian society still seems routed in the orthodox and irrational thought of homosexuality being a disease. Most of the religious phonetics are of the opinion that is a result of westernization and can be cured with yoga and other spiritual practices. Religion has played a role in shaping Indian customs and traditions. While homosexuality has not been explicitly mentioned in the religious texts central to Hinduism, the largest religion in India, Hinduism has taken various positions, ranging from positive to neutral or antagonistic. While organizations like Naz Foundation (India) Trust and the National AIDS Control Organization have expressly came out and supported the decriminalization of homosexuality in India, arguments relating to disgust with homosexuality have also been in the limelight for a while now. On one hand, where the a part of he nation is fighting for tolerance towards the uncommon and social equality for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the others believes it to be disgusting for not being able to fit in the general definition of “normal”. Devlin, in his text states that disgust is based on social norms. Devlin’s line of thought clearly matches with the Indian societal perspective about homosexuality, as, least of the people think rationally or reasonably before opposing the decriminalization of homosexuality in the Indian Legal sphere. Most of the people in the society relate homosexuality with nothing but disgust. In a research conducted by Matthew P. Paolucci was an attempt to understanding of disgust reaction to gay men. The results concluded that both in terms of homosexual male behavior and individual targets elicit moral disgust.
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