28th July was the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality. The term ‘homosexuality’ as per the dictionary is defined as ‘sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one’s own sex’.
Before the decriminalization of homosexuality in UK especially, it was equated as a sign of immorality, pedophilia- sexual desire in an adult for a child and also seen as a form of mental illness. This is the reason why in earlier time gays and lesbians were treated psychologically to cure their disease called homosexuality. However, the change came, first in law, then in nations, then in society, then in individuals but the debate still continues unabated. This new change also witnessed an impact on pioneering films like The Victim (1961) starring Dirk Bogarde. This change in the public outlook gave rise to the Wolfenden Committee, which concluded that there was no need of it to be illegal or any threat from homosexuality.
Now, also where society and nations stand free today, the debate continues, some people still term such activities as immoral. Homosexuality is still a crime in Islamic regions. From authors to theatres, televisions to bloggers, everyone is exploring the ‘homosexuals’. There are communities for gays and lesbians, and they are living as everyone else. In the context of celebration of its 40 years, Channel 4 is running a series of programmes relating to the homosexuals. You can also check Qazi Rahman and Glenn Wilson’s book ‘Born Gay’. However, we can still note that prejudices are still prevailing against these communities. Their voices are still not heard, there is still a lot to be done.
But for the time being, let us just enjoy the sense of freedom.
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