June celebrates the liberation of the LGBTQIA+ community. A tradition that started in 1969 when the community stood up for themselves against an unjust raid. Now, parades are organised worldwide in celebration of queer pride.
Closer home, in September 2018, India took a positive step into the present and being queer is not illegal anymore. Here are some tiny ways for us all, collectively, to act, behave, interact, in the wake of this landmark change.
What to do when someone comes out to you:
The following prompts are not advisable and quite rude: “When did you change your sexuality?” “Is this a phase?” “Are you the man or woman in the relationship?”
Never say something like, “it doesn’t matter to me.” In doing so you might belittle the courage it took for them to open up to you. Instead, say something like “it doesn’t change how I feel about you.”
If they have come out to you, they have placed their trust in you. Don’t break it by outing them to someone else.