The legitimacy of homosexuality/trans-sexuality is a law just passed in India. People from the queer community are still seen through the same point of view by the society. As usual, they are bullied and insulted in their workplace and on the streets at random. As if that was not enough, they are even assaulted physically. The mind-set did not change at all and the worst example of this is the families of queer people who are yet to accept their children as they are, with an open mind and stand by them. The enviable qualifications and qualities of the so-called “third gender” fail to secure employment because of their sexual orientation.
They are not only marginalized in their professions; in most cases they do not get any chance to express themselves in this democratic system. As a result, these people choose different entertainment apps (like TikTok or Musically, Dubsmash, LIKE, Vigo Video, Funimate, Roposo, Mojo, Snack and many more) to express their minds and hearts, their passions, their emotions. Some of these people are fine artists with huge skill in dancing, singing and performing arts and likes. These apps have become their medium for showcasing their talents, giving people who would otherwise never get the chance to showcase their talents in front of everyone. Thus, the popularity of such apps is spreading fast. Though psychologists suggest that these apps are heavily addictive and their effects are not very good, contextually, it has been noticed that the presence of the “third gender” people in these apps is notably high, and that they have immersed themselves in this virtual world as they are getting rejections from the real one. These apps, in true sense, have become their only getaway.
Subhajit Naskar is a visual artist and photojournalist. Visit on instagram: @subha_ju_ph