In a historic judgment, The Supreme Court of India on 6 September 2018 ruled that consensual gay sex in private space is not crime saying that sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it. This judgment is a new dawn for personal liberty for LGBTQ community because in any inclusive society persons cannot be discriminated on the basis of grounds related to their identity. Judges of Apex court said that social morality cannot violate the rights of even one single individual.
As this decision was flashed in media, mixed reactions were captured among various sections of the society and new debates emerged on sexuality nationwide because larger part of Indian society was not ready to accept this kind of decision but smaller part of our society believes in right based society and welcomed this shift. Philosophy of inclusion emphasizes that no one should left behind and the role of families becomes decisive in increasing acceptance of LGBTQ community members’ in society; minimizing their trauma and other problems. But inclusion of members of LGBTQ community with their dignity and natural identity is not easy and they are still living on the margins of the society.
The historic decision of Apex court has little impact in changing the mental set of our society and larger part of society is not able to digest the shifting paradigm in sexuality. LGBTQ community members are still facing many barriers, problems and trauma since long back in every aspect of life. Most of them left their education incomplete, sexually abused and exploited in society as well as in families, as many trans people have written in their autobiographies and exposed the exclusionary face of society. There is need to make people understand that every person has right to enjoy dignify and quality life with zero discrimination.
Present book emphasises on the shifting paradigm in sexuality and divided in three major sections psycho-social, educational and miscellaneous containing twelve chapters. These chapters draw attention to the invisibility of LGBTQ community, transphobia, coming out of the closet, trans marriage, prejudices against sexual minorities in schools, socio-economic and educational problems, problems transgender persons in higher education and their demographic pattern.
Editor hopes that collection of these articles contributed by valued authors will make clear picture about problems of LGBTQ community. I tried to make this book error free but extend a request to readers of this book to share their valuable suggestions and feedback via email given in about the author section. I extend thanks to all wise authors of various chapters for valuable academic support and choosing a suitable title too. Further, I acknowledge here with gratitude the support and love of my family during this journey.
About the Editor
Satish Chandra is an Assistant Professor in Department of M.Ed., Rakshpal Bahadur Teachers Training Institute, Bareilly, UP, India. He studied courses related to education in Faculty of Education and Allied Sciences, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, UP, India. He has 13 years experience of teaching trainee teachers and trainee teacher educators. He had keen interest in understanding the diversity groups and working on collaborative research projects. He has written for many National and International journals and conference proceedings. He has been promoting the case of gender inclusive society and classrooms.
Recently he edited a book entitled “Reengagement of Transgender Persons: Challenges and Opportunities” published in March 2018. He took the responsibility of Associate Editor for Journal of Educational Chronicle from 2010 to 2015 and editorial board member of two reputed journals. He also contributed in self learning material development of Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, Nainital, India and delivered lectures as resource person as academic contribution. His research interest areas are Inclusion, ICT and Gender Studies. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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