Contributed By: Abhishek Ghosh
Edited By: Arun Nayan Singh
Love. That universal feeling that defies definition. We’ve all looked for it in stolen letters in school, late night walks on campus and increasingly, on dating apps. It’s a feeling that starts first within yourself, for how can you share affection with anyone, if you don’t believe you yourself are worthy of it in the first place?
The celebration of Pride is to turn something that is shameful into your very source of pride. We at QUEst, are committed to ensuring everyone at IIMB should bring their true selves to the forefront, without fear of judgment. A world of acceptance of differences in worldview, sexual orientation, gender identification, disability or any other facet of your personality.
Here are three reasons you, and not only people in the LGBTQIA+ community, should make it to the pride:
- Challenge your prejudices: It is difficult to imagine alternate lives unless you actually meet people and speak! And mobilizing people from such varied backgrounds, stitching together stories of unrequited love, abuse, fear and ultimate triumph: this place has got it all.
- Show your support to loved ones: And you may never even know how much it meant to them. That little gesture to show you have your friend’s back, that time you spoke out against a homophobic slur or joke, the effort you take to learn about the entire spectrum of gender and sexual identities, and the moment you acknowledge how deeply your acceptance can change the life of a fellow batchmate: every little gesture adds up to a lot.
- Celebrate like there’s no tomorrow: Did we also mention that people on the fringes of the mainstream tend to be some of the most adventurous, open, fun and creative people out there? And if you thought that 5 am J-block parties were the only all-nighters, you’ll be in for a surprise.
So go ahead, expand the horizons of your mind, and be a part of the change or be swept away by it!
For further details, please contact Abhishek Ghosh at +91-9587168462, or QUEst, IIMB. Abhishek is a founder of QUEst and a graduate of PGP 2016-18 batch at IIM Bangalore.