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Despite major changes in laws and the rights of LGBTQIA+ people, public opinion on the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ in society remains sharply low. Analyse.

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

1. Despite major changes in laws and the rights of LGBTQIA+ people, public opinion on the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ in society remains sharply low. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

Saim Sadiq’s debut film Joyland is suffering the wrath of homophobic, religious zealots who, just from watching the trailer, feel that the film is normalizing LGBTQIA folks and promoting a “gay agenda”.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the discrimination and injustice faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and measures needed to end it.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by stating that even though LGBTQIA+ people are given legal backing by abolishing section 377, they are still at the bottom of the hierarchy when it comes to basic human rights within the unit of family and society.

Body:

First, state that the social media campaigns and corporate ads for an inclusive society with respect to LGBTQI+ community have only been to a limited urban population. Many families especially in the rural areas are homophobic and transphobic and often treat people from the community to have some kind of psychological disorder.

Next, mention about issues such as forced rapes within families, admission into hospitals for change of sexual orientation, medical institutions admit people from the community along with other psychologically disturbed and conducting some psychological and sexual experiments, instances of suicides, families abandoning those who come out leading to financial insecurity etc.

Conclusion:

Next mention few NGOs and support groups that are trying to mainstream the cause of LGBTQIA+ community and create a truly inclusive society.