“I am what I am”. If you’re somebody who is proud of being what you’re and how you are, you will relate yourself with this quote. How liberating it feels to be accepting your own self, takes a lot of courage isn’t it? This was also how CJI Dipak Misra said as part of the landmark Supreme Court judgment which struck down Section 377 as illegal and arbitrary. The judgment was pronounced on September 6, 2018. This Valentine’s Day will be the first one that couples from the LGBTQI+ community in India will celebrate without the festival of love fearlessly.
Like every year, this year on Valentine’s Day also restaurant will have packages and offers for couples. Creating a sense of inclusivity, the restaurateurs are giving up offers for everyone, including same-sex couples. Kitty Su is one such inclusive club doing an Anti Valentine’s night featuring the South African Drag Superstar, Manila Von Teez on the 14th of February.
Each year on V-Day, there are many singles who crib about not being allowed entry to V-Day parties. To make their parties inclusive, many restaurants are letting go of the ‘no stag’ rule and they are also training their staff to allow entry to same-sex couples.
Isn’t is overwhelming to see the society gradually accepting humans as humans. Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year not just for your partner but for the very feeling of ‘acceptance’. After all, love is love.
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