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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

An Open Letter to Sakunthala Madam, the latest addition to homophobic list

Dear Sakunthala Madam

Mahabharata says

She was surrounded in the solitude of the wilderness, by śakuntas (birds),
therefore, hath she been named by me Sakuntala (bird-protected)

We believe by the meaning of your name because of the protection from the birds by birth you will have peace and harmony in your mind unlike your response to a letter in Dinamalar a week before.

As you proudly proclaimed "I completely detest homosexuals. We are all created to lead a life in tune with Nature". I wonder how you were serving the Indian Government as a judge in the past, when our judiciary believes in equality and inclusiveness.

Then, we come to the classic "Homosexuality isn't natural, and is, therefore, wrong" argument by you. It's true that we don't see homosexuality in nature, but since when does something's "naturalness," for lack of a better term, determine its morality?

Society is not a natural one, society and its norms were formed by human, therefore it is not a natural course. Civilization and its activities are totally controlled by the human, henceforth it is against the nature. Destroying forests and building houses are against nature. If homosexuality is unnatural, we may not be able to find it among other creatures such as dolphins etc.
But if we only looked at Nature without any cultural filters of any kind, we'd actually find that the homosexuality is absolutely "Natural" in, say, octopuses, dogs, human beings:"Natural" as in "Existent in Nature".So, is homosexuality against Nature? No, it's only against a certain ill-conceived interpretation of Nature. Nature therefore actually goes against an interpretation of itself!...

I'd like to rectify this absolutely ridiculous paradox of yours and put forward a statement on Nature that is at least coherent with Nature itself, and I'll therefore state that it is against Nature for so many people and, most importantly, for the media and people like you to devote time and negative energy in order to discriminate sexual tastes when humanity is plagued by war, poverty, violence, illiteracy, starvation.

And then our beloved Madam you said “We all eat with our mouth, for a change can we try eating with something else? Is that even possible? No.” What will you do if your son or daughter is naturally left-handed, will you cut off their hand and asked them to practice using right-hands? Or you will encourage them to be on their own way and lead their life successfully and peacefully?

And you said “May be they can adopt, but let me tell you, kids raised by same-sex couples will end up as criminals or mentally retarded.  “ May be you have a concrete proof or statistics to prove this obnoxious theory. If only adopted kids same-sex couples will become criminals and mentally retarded why do we have so many queuing up in KMC's? Why is that the criminal rate in India is higher than some of the western countries which agreed on same-sex marriages and adoption?

And your for information Madam, recently Delhi High Court shot down the proposition that homosexuality is a mental disorder saying that homosexuality is just another form of sexual expression. World Health Organisation excluded homosexuality from the mental disorder diseases. Both American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. So i am wondering on what basis you termed us as criminals and mentally disordered people?

And you continued as “ I will offer you advice for a good life. Will you listen to me, Son?” Good life? Under what terms Madam, you wanted to chop of the feathers of the bird to live its life without flying, I pray to God that you do the same advice to your son too.

“I know many homosexuals who have changed from their evil ways, got married, returned to morality and live peacefully and happily. Don't let your mind wander into evil ways, come back, come home to god. “ You were dragging God and Evil unnecessarily to prove your theory, but could you please give me a data of married men who were homosexuals and still living happily? Dear Madam, by your irresponsible and ignorant philosophy you were spoiling directly and indirectly of many lives of men and the women they are going to be married.

And you finally mentioned “Homosexuality will gift you AIDS. Do you want to live as HIV-AIDS infected person for the rest of your life?. This showcase your lack of knowledge about AIDS, as if AIDS will not affect hetrosexual person. Once again you have gone wrong in statistics, next time when you talk about AIDS etc better collect some data from WHO or some NGOs which are working on this area.

People like you who spread venom against us will not stop us being as what we are naturally, we will fight against evil systems like you who have its own theory and wanted everybody to follow it. Because we dont live a lie, lie that can be as cruel and injustice as yours.

As my 'Coming out' poem said

Once I was there in that darkness filled with emptiness
Clouded with fears and scares threatening to kill nevertheless 

I was there standing alone craving to let myself free
Fighting against odd spirits that very notion within me

It was tears all over; spreading its wings traveled all my life
‘Come out’ Liberation encouraged me with an enchanting smile 

All my lies and fakes mounting like a lava periling an erupt
Control was not within me, it was the Orb warning to react

Time was running
My heart was dying 

Glowing grey hairs portraying the lack of love in my days
Carved with loneliness barricading the truth in its ways

Nature seems to be their only artillery blocking my happiness
Choices are not chosen as virtues under our family values

I was enchained with their beliefs, covered with moral ethics
Killing the true me was considered mercy in their social clinics

Closeting in someone’s shoes hurting my horrified heart
Their Laughter was daunting me to accept that painful act

By resisting to lie
I refused to die

Person like you in public who have the moral responsibility and served in the judiciary which repealed against Section 377 recently in Delhi High Court and you should not force your personal opinion on a public forum like Dinamalar.

Vikranth Prasanna
Founder & Director - Chennai Dost


  1. Hi Vikki,

    I was in great confusion about my orientation nowadays,
    and searching truth about it, initially i was confused by reading
    Varamalar article by Madam Sakunthala and that was contradicted
    from western world researches, and now your post cleared some,
    i'm the regular reader of your post, contiune posting, wishes...

  2. i think she is the evil to our society

  3. Great work dude, that is a good response to her. Your open letter will help many of us to have a clear idea about homosexuality. I appreciate your continues effort to support the gay rights. Hats off to you Vikki

  4. Dinamalar and some of the regional newspaper are doing this for a very long time. We need to condemn this strongly. I will support Chennai Dost and i have no fear


  5. Hi Vikki,
    Great open letter written with due dignity in language-- but I felt you we a little soft. Such persons of reput in society must also learn to write with more truth and resposibility. She should understand that homosexuality is also NATURAL- like some great mathmatician lady (for got her name) said nature created homos to balance population then if we compel gays or lesbians to marry are we not going against nature?
    luv SIVA

  6. Hi Vikki..Thank you for an open letter to her.You are right 'we are not criminals,on few years before am also live a life in dark with lie but when i open about my sexuality as gay, i living a happy life'.Proud to GAY. With love -Raji

  7. Thank you, thank you. ♥ This needed to be said.

    People like her are disgusting.

  8. hi bro !!!! its gr8 gr8 !!

  9. I am not particulary proud of being a gay but I would simply like to chop the head of these homophobic creatures who walk on this planet and talk about what is for or against nature.Pardon me my lack of general awareness.I have no idea who this Shakuntala is.Whosoever this one is , this one is certainly not adept in proving HIS point without putting HIS dirty foot in HIS foul-smelling mouth. SHAKUNTALA! some dirty dud.Those who talk against homsexuality must do well to do their home work.Their ill-informed and diabolical remarks say more about their imaturity and lack of belief in human values than anything substantial on homosexuality which happens to be among the many important issues of the society.Who needs moral sermonising from creatures like Shakuntala. When one seriously unravel the persona of these moral pundits, one may find stuff more ghastly than those they r heaping on homosexuals.