LGBT Agenda

India’s LGBT+ people shine on prime-time TV, following court victory. Indian Supreme Court decision in September, struck down a British-colonial era law that criminalized gay sex.

Blog note 1: Jude 1:7 …Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Emphasis added).

Romans 1:18-32 (Emphasis added.)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

NOVEMBER 26, 2018. Roli Srivastava. Reuters.

India’s LGBT+ people shine on prime-time TV, following court victory

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A young man comes out of the closet on a dating show, while a drag queen belts out Bollywood hits in a singing competition – both aired on Indian television programs in the past month, but would have been unthinkable until recently.

Indian television’s newfound openness rests with a Supreme Court decision in September, which struck down a British-colonial era law that criminalized gay sex.

With 800 million viewers across the country, according to the Broadcast Audience Research Council India, campaigners are hoping that television can help smash stereotypes about the LGBT+ community. “We finally have legal recognition, but the fight for equality starts now. We now need societal acceptance,” said Sushant Divgikar, who performed on the singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee TV.

Divgikar appeared as his drag queen alter-ego Rani Ko-He-Noor, a character he uses to sing both the male and female parts of Bollywood hits. “With my drag persona, I am challenging gender stereotypes,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Indian news and current affairs shows have long covered LGBT+ issues, but entertainment programs often featured stereotyped characters that served to mock members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, say experts. “Not just on Indian television, but in cinema as well, homosexuality or cross-dressing was often an element of comic relief,” said Aparna Bhosle, business head of Zee TV, in an email.

“Today, with the legal acceptance to alternate sexual orientation, we can look forward to more respectable, dignified depictions of characters who’re homosexual or practice drag.” On a special episode of MTV’s reality dating show ‘Elovator Pitch’, a gay man was wooed by 10 contestants – including one who had not previously been open about his sexuality. Rahul Bharti, 24, said he chose the opportunity to come out on television as a way to tell his mother and father. “I couldn’t tell them personally as I was scared how they would react. I have grown up watching MTV and I took part in the show only because I wanted to tell my parents,” he said by phone.

Bharti’s parents didn’t speak to him for a few days, “but are now dealing with it”. He said he hopes for wider acceptance of LGBT+ people now, as many in the entertainment industry are breaking down harmful perceptions that they helped to create. While MTV has had LGBT+ characters on many shows in the past, this was its “first attempt in unscripted content to include the LGBTQ community”, said Ferzad Palia, head of the youth division at Viacom18, which operates MTV in India. The Supreme Court decision “has widened the scope for such conversations, so it was a natural progression for us in storytelling and putting out our thoughts,” Palia said by email. “Elovator Pitch essentially deals with choices and MTV believes that everyone has an equal right to choose.”

Such changes are welcome, said Harrish Iyer, an equal rights activist who hosts India’s first radio show on LGBT+ issues, called ‘Gaydio’. “Being a marginalized community, it’s a struggle to transition from the novelty to the norm, but I think we are getting there,” he said

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