I am Shweta Katti. I am one Kranti's revolutionaries and have been here since Oct 2011. For the next 2 months, I'll be sending you updates about Kranti. I am taking a gap year and studying for my TOEFL so I can study abroad. I have also started to apply to universities, including America and NYU. I was admitted in the Semester at Sea program but wasn't able to go because my passport was not ready. Hopefully I'll go to the next voyage in June. During the past eight months I have travelled around India and Nepal volunteering in different organizations. It has been exciting and valuable months.
Happy Valentine's Day..
Valentine's Day is a day for love. This is the day when everyone shares their feelings, spends their time with the ones they love. But some people don't have the right to celebrate this day. I realized this at the pride march.
On Saturday two weeks ago, we all went to Queer pride in Mumbai. This is the third pride I have attended. Before Kranti I didn't know about different genders or about gay, lesbians and trans genders, but when I was exposed to these issues I became an ally of LGBT rights. At the first pride in Bangalore It was totally strange for me. I had never seen so many queer people together. It was different experience for me. I was in the pride but I was not there not with queer people; I wasn't enjoying it I was just thinking. But now it's not strange for me at all, I really enjoyed pride and dancing with queer people. I want to be an ally because I know how discrimination feels like. I too have experienced discrimination because of my dark skin, growing up in red light area, being lower caste, and language discrimination. Many people think if somebody can't speak English that means that person isn't smart enough. I have also faced discrimination due to lack of proper documentation - I don't have a birth certificate, therefore I couldn't get my passport and wasn't able to take TOEFL exams, which prevented me from applying to universities. That's why I believe that everybody should have equal rights, and it has been great to learn about and stand for queer rights!
That's it for now; my goal is to send a report every week. Thank you all for supporting Kranti!
You’ll be hearing from me soon.
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