|Gender activist John|
|Kalki Subramaniam & Gender activist John with the principal & the vice principal|
The Principal & Secretary of the American College inaugurated the fair & delivered welcome address he said ” The government, educationists and social activists should put an effort together and the change should start from the education system.” he insists that gender and sexuality education should be part of the main syllabus in high school and college. “People are ignorant about the existence of various genders and sexuality,” he says. “And due to this, for over a century, queer community have undergone a lot of ill-treatment and abuse.”
|Students & faculties during the seminar|
|more than 300 students attented the interactive session on Gender Diversity|
& John Marshal,Director Srishti Madurai, Coimbatore, a organization dedicated for the LGBTQ issues had presented second session on diversities of gender started the session with a question “Do you know that there are nearly 20 different types of genders other than male and female? Gender activist John, explained. “Generally the terms gender, sexuality and sex are taken to be the same. But they all mean different things,” he says. “Sex is a biological definition and gender is the self identity and also the sociocultural and behavioral perception, while sexuality refers to the sexual attraction towards a particular sex.”
Referring to various indications of alternative sexuality in the scriptures, he said, “Alternative gender or sexuality is not unnatural. It’s very much natural like the usual man and woman genders and heterosexuality.” that even within the mainstream LGBT community, the existence of these many genders is largely unknown. “Some forms of genders don’t even have a proper word in the dictionary and we have coined terms both in Tamil and English for a few,”.
Prof. Dr. J. Aruldoss, Vice-Principal & Head of the Department of Religion, Philosophy & Sociology delivered vote of thanks & ended the fair he thanked Kalki & John ” he said” Well, India is said to be a country of rich diversity and we learn that Indians are proud of “unity in diversity”. But where this “unity in diversity “shrinks out, when come to the discussion of sexuality and gender? Why we are still reluctant to accept the wide diversity in sexuality and gender and celebrate those identities?
Think what happens if people who possessing wider diversity of sexual and gender orientation are compelled to hide their true identity and allowed to marry a person who not suits for them? so respect everyone as human. he enkindleth students towards to do research on such tasks to bring a social change.