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What is homosexuality? Homosexuality refers to the attraction between people who are of the same sex. It is a sexual orientation, as opposed to a gender identity such as male, female, and non-binary. People who are homosexual could refer to themselves as gay, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer, or a number of other terms. The most common synonym is “gay” or “lesbian.” Gay usually means a man being attracted to another man, while lesbian means a woman is attracted to another woman. Unfortunately, there is a lot of homophobia around the world. In India, there is a perception that homosexuality is a curse, our society has never acknowledged it as gender and always seen it as something awful and unfortunate, more like a curse. Homosexuality was such a big taboo that it was a crime to be homosexual in India. In India, homosexuality is considered against the culture. Why? Because it’s not a normal thing? It is very normal for those homosexual people and it’s very human. Just like men and women, homosexual people are humans too and they deserve equal love, respect and opportunities. The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement on September 6, 2018, unanimously struck down part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalised gay sex, saying that it violated the constitutional right to equality and dignity. It was a huge step towards supporting homosexuality. Although people in India have still not accepted homosexuality as a normal gender and a human nature, things are changing for good. There is awareness and it’s only growing. Same-sex marriages are not legally recognised in India nor are same-sex couples offered limited rights such as a civil union or a domestic partnership. We have a long way to go. Let’s not forget that homosexuality is a human right and it’s normal.