Homosexuality, sexual interest in an attraction to members of one’s own sex. Over the centuries people around the world have been defining homosexuality in different ways such as a terrible sin, a gift from the gods, a mental illness, a natural human variation and what not.
Attitudes towards homosexuality are generally in flux. This is due to the increased political activism and efforts by the homosexuals to be seen not as aberrant personalities but only as differing from normal individuals only in their sexual orientation.
Female homosexuality is often referred to as lesbianism. Also called sapphism, the quality or state of intense emotional and usually erotic attraction of a human female to another female. Some lesbians hide or deny their orientation, marrying in order to get accepted by their families and the society.
Families in the rural side have their own way to deal with the LGBT individuals. In other parts, lesbian women are subjected to family sanctioned corrective rapes which are often perpetrated by their own family members. It is disgusting to know the fact that Village medics and babas often prescribe rape to cure lesbians of homosexuality. Moreover, refusal to marry brings more sexual abuse. Stories of family acceptance that one sees on TV and other social media are more of an urban phenomenon. It comes as no surprise that the only danger to lesbians in India id from their own families.
But on the other, it is an encouraging sign that schools and colleges have begun to take up institutionally approved LGBT activism. The agenda is to make not only lesbianism but also the LGBT students and their struggle visible. Invisibility is the first and biggest challenge that we need to take up.