Love is Love

"There's nothing wrong with you, there's a lot wrong with the world you live in."

- Chris Colfer

Don't worry, you're not going to hell for loving who you love. Everybody is free to love. It's been a big few years for LGBTQ films. The advocacy of LGBTQ in Cinemas leads an optimistic influence in the society.

1) Nora Hildegard and Mary Louis
(The Vampire Diaries)

Their romantic relationship showed us that they are very clear about their feelings from the very beginning. Being together for decades, they had to tackle many obstacles together, not just because they were Siphoners but for their romance as well. However, people in the modern time accepted their relationship between. It was not easy for them to hide their feelings in the early decades. Nora and Mary Louise started dating in the 1880s - in times when a romantic relationship between two women was a big taboo.

They were very confident about their relationship.

The portrayal of these two characters showed us that beauty lies in finding who we are and being that person. There is no need for us to be afraid of being who we are and that's the reason our soul is put on this earth.                                   

2) Half of It
"I’m Like A Lot Of People, Which Makes Me Kind Of No One."

The protagonist of the movie - Ellie, comes to an understanding of what love is and the fact that it is different for everybody. Ellie is an outcast in her town . She was not like other people. This brings some difficulties in her life but also it gives her freedom and individuality.

"The Good Thing About Being Different In A Town Like This, Is That No One Expects You To Be Like Them."

Being a lesbo in that small town made Ellie's perspective on love as messy, and horrible, and selfish, and bold. This film mainly depicted friendship, love, sexuality and the hardships of being different and finally the self acceptance of who we are.

3) Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

This movie deals with two lead male gay characters in a Indian society in which the concept of homosexuality is considered to be a taboo. This movie uses a light touch of explaining the complications of being a gay in India. Even though Aman's father is a scientists it is difficult for him to accept that his son is a gay. He thinks it is unnatural and something that goes against the Indian culture. This movie was portrayed in such a way that it would make any person comfortable to start a conversation about homosexuality. The one point to be noted is Kartik (Ayushmann Khurrana ) was very proud of his sexuality and he never regretted for who he is.        

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is India’s first rom-com that presents a homosexual love story. While all the other movies made sure they spoke about the violence and the injustice faced by the community, this movie deals with the same issues but on a lighter note. It is the first time when a queer movie in India will be more than documentaries or dark movies and a movie goes on towards normalising homosexual love stories.

Finally, “Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” said Barbara Gittings.

Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.

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