A WHIM

๐ŸŒˆ HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! ๐ŸŒˆ

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๏ผจ๏ผก๏ผฐ๏ผฐ๏ผน ๏ผฐ๏ผฒ๏ผฉ๏ผค๏ผฅ ๏ผญ๏ผฏ๏ผฎ๏ผด๏ผจ!

๐•‹๐•† ๐”ธ๐•ƒ๐•ƒ ๐•„๐• โ„š๐•Œ๐”ผ๐”ผโ„ ๐”ฝโ„๐•€๐”ผโ„•๐”ป๐•Š ๐•†๐•Œ๐•‹ ๐•‹โ„๐”ผโ„๐”ผ

Honestly, I don’t know what to say. I don’t belong to this community, but I have some really cool friends from here – fictional and in real life. And I just…I guess I just want to you know that I support you guys! Never change who you are, never stop all that awesomeness, and just keep being you!

I am not sure how things are in other places, but in my country I know that it’s really brutal. Only a few years ago, it was made legal, and even then when queer couples want to get married, their parents take cases to the court and their argument is that – it goes against their holy scriptures. I mean no comments on that, because I don’t want pious people to come attack me now. But just know that, it’s those same religious scriptures which say that everyone is made for a reason, everything happens for a reason. So, there you go.

And I am really grateful to this book community and all the #ownvoices authors for coming out and telling stories to the whole world, because for me – I found out the meaning of gay when I was in standard seven or eight, and that too because students in my class bullied this certain boy. And I didn’t really get the meaning. My parents don’t talk about it, no one actively talks about it, trans people in our country are made fun of. They don’t get jobs, they are thrown out, considered an abomination, and they have to live off of pennies that people donate on roadsides.

And it’s really annoying when you support LGBTQ+ rights, and people give you weird judgy looks and ask you, “why? are you one of them?” I mean gods above, something is wrong with these people. Not that I would mind being queer, but seriously. I mean, I support animal rights too. Do I look like a fucking sparrow to you?!

It wasn’t until I started watching booktube, later that same year and then stumbled across bookstagram, and read more diverse books did I come to know of it. So, I educated myself and I found out that people are not just limited to she or him.

We have so many different kinds of people, all living in the same place. And I think that’s really exciting! I mean who says that human civilization is boring, huh?

People discover themselves each day, find a little bit about themselves each day, so as fellow humans, we should have it in ourselves to let them grow, let ourselves grow, and just be.

And isn’t it a wonderful thought? That we are not limited to liking a certain gender, or adopting a certain gender. We can be anything and everything.

We are limitless.

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I wrote that. ๐Ÿ˜ That’s me smiling goofily, because I wasn’t sure what this post was gonna be like, but I guess it turned out well. ๐Ÿ˜ I am felling happy. ๐ŸŒˆ I have another post sitting in my draft, with a list of few of the LGBTQ+ books on my TBR, and I had planned to post this with it, but I figured this deserved all the attention. ๐ŸŒธ

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So, what are your thoughts on this? Have you ever faced any struggles? Maybe you could share in the comments below, if you are comfortable! and once again – happy pride month! I really hope that I didn’t offend anyone with my thoughts, please let me know, and I will rectify it.

*also, your “offense” will not be not be considered if you are homophobic or heterosexist* ๐Ÿ˜ถ

80 thoughts on “๐ŸŒˆ HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! ๐ŸŒˆ

  1. I agree to every point said there. The whole ‘Vedon ke khilaaf’ thing infuriates me coz those people haven’t even read the holy scriptures they sooo wanna follow. Hypocrisy is on an another level in India.
    And yes even I don’t belong to this community but we are the ones who are gonna support them coz they aren’t ‘abnormal’โœŠโœŠ

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  2. Ahh thank god. I was soo nervous while posting this. And I was like just do it just do it. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… Because I know that religion is a sensitive topic and I would have almost deleted this post had you not commented ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… thankx a lot ak!!! For agreeing and reading โค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ and it’s about time this hypocrisy ends (sighs)

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  3. I’ve met quite a few people who don’t support LGBT+ rights in the last few days so I thank you for this post. You have a lot of courage to post this and everything you said was beautiful! โค โค โค

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  4. Ahh thank you for this!! In my country this isn’t talked about AT ALL and it seriously pisses me out. I mean, homophobia is on another level, it’s normalised to a degree it’s horrendous. My family is very religious so I don’t mention this topic at all at home cuz it’s such a taboo and that one time my sis dropped in a word my parents acted clueless lol…and then I’m being jealous of people in more accepting countries๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. And I am very glad someone spoke about it. Yes religion is sensitive but wrong needs to be shown as wrong
    And Ash, I always read and agree to your posts and will continue to do so๐Ÿ’“

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  6. You’re right, Akshita. I’m in total agreement. Posts like these have to be published. These people deserve a life too, one that doesn’t have too many compromises. Just because you support them doesn’t mean you’re one among them. Your point about being an animal rights supporter is spot on. I’m glad you didn’t delete this post. Akshita commented at the right time.

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  7. Omg, that quote you wrote is #true ๐Ÿคฉ.
    Dude, I love you so much for writing this post. Indeed conditions in our country regarding this community is just horrible. What’s worse is some people don’t even know that then when they offend these people, it’s actually wrong. They think it’s bad cuz they don’t even know anything about it, any of the movements that have taken place regarding it. I hope more people read your post and become aware of this situation.
    Awesome post, I love you for writing it โคโค๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  8. A bold post. I’m fed up with people using our culture as an excuse for almost everything. I don’t mean any insult, but I think people are taking it too far and it’s just annoying. I remember my parents giving derisive looks at the poor television when they saw it is legalized. It’s time we grow out of these things.

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  9. People are really backward even with all the new things and change in world. I can’t believe how mean and judgemental they can be. I also don’t want to start on religious thing as well because over the time, reading so much has changed my mind and belief. Now anyone ask me about my religion I say I believe in Bahรกสผรญ. Love this post!

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  10. Awesome post! it’s like you just don’t mention LGBTQ+ related anything, unless you want to insult someone. And other than that, people do talk about it near me, but that’s very much limited, and no one ever brings it up, as if it’s some kind of taboo :/

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  11. I generally don’t prefer reading books if it’s LGBTQ. Not because I have something against them. I just prefer straight books better. And actually, people around me, we are cool with this stuff. I have talked to my parents about this. Casually throwing this word. Like not in a bad way. But your points are sorta true too! I have seen them happen! And man! Great initiative, writing such a post. Shows there are sensible, humane humans here.

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  12. Agree, agree, agree!! Seriously, more people need to be okay with this ๐Ÿ˜‘
    I havenโ€™t actually read that many books with queer characters but I hope to ๐Ÿ™Œ

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  13. thank you so much for this, ashmita, it was beautiful ๐Ÿ’• and youโ€™re so right about how the lgbtq+ community is treated in India ๐Ÿ˜ž I mean, looking at queer history of India, people didnโ€™t actually mind anyoneโ€™s sexuality or gender. It was after the aryans and colonial domination that people became so narrow-minded ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Tysm again ๐Ÿ’–

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  14. Same here. It’s kinda infuriating. So, many people are unsupportive of this because they have been raised with that sort of opinion ingrained in their mind. And I have met soo many people who hate themselves for being themselves because they were taught that it’s bad and that it’s disgusting. It’s really sad. ๐Ÿ˜ž I am jealous too don’t worry. โค๏ธ Thank you for this lovely comment Jan ๐Ÿ’Œ

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  15. Ah thank you soo much shweta ๐Ÿงก absolutely! I am extremely glad that you agree ๐Ÿ˜„ thank you soo much for your encouragement! And yes! It is true. I do support animal rights, but that doesn’t mean I am an animal haha. ๐Ÿ˜… I am glad I didn’t delete it either ๐Ÿ˜‡

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  16. I am not telling you the ones I have read because I think two of them are young adult and most definitely 16+ but you can try reading they both die at the end by Adam. Or you can wait for my next post ๐Ÿ˜ I have a few middle grade lgbtq rec which I want to read and I think you will like very much!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  17. This! Is! Exactly! What! I! Want! To! say!!!! I agree with everything you’ve written here! It just angers me how society discriminates against LGBTQ A+ community! I am a demisexual and no one other than my partner knows this. I’ve never told my parents in fear of being laughed at and them just rejecting it or thinking I might be wrong ๐Ÿ˜ซ. This post is written really beautifully, Ashmita and I cannot express enough thanks to you! ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– I can’t wait for there to be a time when any such discrimination will cease to exist! Also, I want to educate myself on other identities of LGBTQ+ so I will be looking forward to your recommendations!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–

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  18. โค I've been on this school is ending/what do I write/I have too much to read thing. I've been commenting here and there but not much blogging :') I'll be back to that soon!

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  19. Nehalllllllll ๐Ÿคก๐Ÿ‘นโ˜ ๏ธ thank you sooo much!!! Yeah you got that right!! People don’t even realise that they are wrong. And haha it reminds me of all those weird twisted villains who think they are right lol. Thank you soo much. Ily2๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’Œ

    ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’ข๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿฉธ๐Ÿ‘…

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  20. Ah thank you soo much! I am fed up too ๐Ÿ˜ž I don’t have anything against holy scriptures or culture or anything. But it is really upsetting when people misuse the credibility ๐Ÿ˜’ ahh that is soo bad. It has been “time” for a while now. Thank you for supporting However โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’Œ

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  21. Ahh so true! I can’t believe it either. I mean people should just let people be ๐Ÿ˜’ this is like ….in other words being nosy in a whole another level. ๐Ÿคฆ I am glad that reading has changed your mind! It has changed mine too!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ And yes. It’s really bad when they are being judgemental and mean, because they don’t realise that their children might belong to the community and that it might make them hate themselves. And then for the rest of their life they will be fighting each other to hide their true self which is actually the best version of them! And that is such a cool answer! I usually try to avoid all questions on religion but I am keeping that answer in mind haha. If anyone pushed me I am definitely saying that from now on!!! Thank you soo much โค๏ธโœจ

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  22. Thank you for reading this J! (Can I call u J?) Thank you soo much!! โค๏ธ Ohh I had never really thought about it from the historical perspective but that is such an interesting thing you told me! If that’s the case, then it’s outright hypocrisy ๐Ÿคฆ people say that the Colonial domination has made us advanced and though it was really bad, it has given us many advantages like railways etc etc. But that’s soo sad!!! Thanx again J!!(?) โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  23. Thank you soooo much Trisha!!!! And that is soo true!! People mention it only to crack jokes ๐Ÿ˜’ and not like good naturedly funny jokes ..like really humiliating and uk insulting jokes. And same here! People do talk about it but it’s like once in a blue moon kinda thing.

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  24. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ i generally prefer reading books with straight main characters too!!! Mostly because I usually like books where I can relate and I can relate ti straight characters!!! But I love it when we have other main characters who represent the community and/or side characters. โค๏ธ Thank you soooo much panna!!!! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ Haha.

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  25. Ahhhhh appy!! It angers me tooo!!! Ahh that is soo cool!! That is really upsetting ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿฅบ but don’t worry!! No one here is going to tell you that you are wrong or some shit ๐Ÿ˜ค you are welcome a hundred times!!! And your partner sounds soo amazing โค๏ธ I can’t wait either!!! I hope it’s soon!! Because it’s been “about time” for a long time now. (sighs) ๐Ÿ˜’ I need to educate myself too! I am not an expert ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… I am familiar with a few terms and ahhh I hope you read a few of them!!! I will be posting tonight and I do have a series in there with demisexual main characters!!! The list doesn’t cover everything but I tried ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… I hope it helps appy โค๏ธ and u can always talk to me ๐Ÿฅบโค๏ธ thank you soo much for this comment โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ–ค

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  26. together we are strong…. I think the links I have sent don’t work but if you Google * Pride, Mark Ashton, 2014 * you will find the film about the real event…. it’s a very powerful and lasting memory

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  27. I am really very glad that atleast some people are still there who support it and they try to offend people who are against it or discriminate this community.To be honest , discrimination despite of gender is still very brutal. But I think it’s very necessary for the people to wake up and support them without any restriction. This way we can take our country to a betterment ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ.Thanks for sharing such a nice article…๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’—

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  28. People in our country get outraged when religion gets criticised. Same people don’t get outraged when a political leader calls for violence against a community.

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