Swara Bhaskar comes out in support of transgender community - RNews1 Network

Swara Bhaskar comes out in support of transgender community

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Mumbai : Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar, who came to prominence after playing the roles of Payal, in 'Tanu Weds Manu' in 2011 and in the 2015 romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns, has come out in the support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by slamming the controversial Article 377 of tghe constitution and terming it "shameful" and "saddening".

"It's a shameful matter that in a democracy like ours, there is a law like Article 377 which criminalises a community who're part of us and part of the country, and their acts. It's saddening," said Swara, star of films such as Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa.

Swara, 27, expressed her views in a panel discussion on homosexuality which also forms a central theme in the upcoming film Timeout.

"It's really important that laws change. It's not okay to have a law which criminalises homosexuality or unnatural sex or whatever weird language it's put in. You're making not just gay people but even heterosexuals vulnerable at the hands of the agents of the state like the police, which we've seen in various cases over the last year," she said.

The actress also said that 'being straight or gay is a personal choice'. "It is completely normal and natural. There's no hype in it. For all countries and especially India being a democracy, it is a right for everyone to express their identities in whatever fashion they wish to express," she added.

The actress also stated that the numerous bans in various parts of the country, be it is the beef ban in Maharashtra, the porn ban, or the meat ban in Mumbai, all pointed to the intolerance in our society.

She said people operated on the principle that 'if you don't like something, just say it is illegal'.

"There is a genuine problem of tolerance in our society and it's only growing. It's very strange because India is and always has been multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic, multiracial right from the Indus Valley times. As people, we're becoming more and more intolerant of being able to live with difference in our society.

She further added, "It could be difference of culinary habits like the meat ban controversy, or difference of thoughts, or sexuality, which is the sad truth of society."

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