Dutee Chand is India’s first – or only? – out and gay athlete. All of which is entirely fine by us around here. There is though something that interests. This is how there’s a difference between the manner that the peeps in the Big City are taking this and how the folks back home are:
‘It’s humiliating for us’: village disowns Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete
Country’s fastest sprinter praised for courage, but family and locals say they cannot accept a gay relationship
In more detail:
Chand’s mother, Akhuji, told the Indian Express: “I had been supporting her all along for her special interest in sports but … we belong to a traditional weaver community, which does not permit such things. How can we face our relatives and society?” Prashant Behra, a villager, said: “It’s humiliating for all of us. We have supported her all the way in her running but we cannot accept this relationship. Marriage can only be between a man and a woman. She should never have talked about it to the whole world. She should stick to running.” Chand, 23, was also praised for her courage in coming out. Many called it a watershed moment for Indian society, which has hardly any gay celebrities. But the backlash is thought to have taken her aback and her partner has now left for another town because of hostile remarks by people in their village. Chand said: “They have been telling me to marry a man and have children. That’s the only tradition they know. “But everyone I know in the city where I studied supports me. I don’t know if my family and village will come round. I will have to wait and see.”
There’re three reasons that gays – not just athletes – move to the Big City. The first is simply that a lot of us do. Humanity is rapidly becoming an urban species as we abandon that idiocy of rural life.
The second is that living in a small community imposes a certain constraint. Imagine that you’ve a sexual preference shared by 1 or 2% of the population. You live in a 50 strong community. Your date is going to be yourself, isn’t it? Even in a 500 strong one there’s no guarantee that the potential matches are actually going to get the juices going. Thus any minority interest – say, being in a chess club – is going to be aided by living in the midst of millions.
And then, obviously enough, there’s that social attitude thing. But as a personal opinion only I tend to think that that’s the least of the three, and even if not, still only comes second to that second reason listed. Any minority sexual interest is going to be better catered to among large groups of people.