The minority communities of the world have been mistreated for long. President Trump’s election in 2016 led to a number of people being rattled. The complaints could be heard all along over the LGBTQ hotline, with the numbers doubling on the same day and since. It is 2019 now and the recent trends in elections can see a shift of trends taking place.
The LGBTQ community has risen to power, with their rights being legalised across several countries in the world. In today’s age, most of them are also becoming global leaders of the world as a power move for their community, and to establish equal rights in this world. It is a positive change with hopes for a better future in mind, as opposed to the previous leaders with selfish motives and discrimination on numerous grounds.
In a conversation with my colleague who recently pursued her graduation from a reputed college in India, I sought her opinions on the same to understand the general idea of the youth of today. She is in her 20s, and has a solid background in the social sciences and civil rights, and wishes to contribute to the welfare of the society.
ES: What is your understanding of the minority communities of the world?
Interviewee: When we talk about minorities, we do not always talk about minorities in the ethical sense, or women as the lesser sense. We talk about minorities as people who do not have a voice, who do not have a number and as we all know, power is correlated to numbers. Hence, the communities more in number are more prominent than the rest. Thankfully, the LGBTQ communities are coming into the purview of the society and everyone is talking about them. People should know about them.
ES: What do you think of them becoming global leaders?
Interviewee: It is a great move for them to become global leaders in comparison to their state in the previous year. This just means they are rising to power, and providing a ray of hope for other minority communities to be a party of this society, and ofcourse the world as a whole. These communities will thankfully, no longer be seen as an anomaly.
ES: Do you think they are being provided with equal rights?
Interviewee: If we are talking about the community as a whole, earlier people were not given such rights. There was always a hesitation about sending them for basic needs in life, like healthcare and education. But now that individuals from this community are becoming leaders, this just makes their situations better as it would normalise the very being of their existence. There won’t be any stigma around their sexual orientation.
By legalising the LGBTQ rights and giving them a platform to voice their opinions, transgenders in particular are more open in today’s times and are learning to accept themselves all the more, as the world accepts them for who they are. At the end of the day, we all are humans and no one is queer in any way.