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‘Love without boundaries’: ‘Sexuality is not confined to appearance, it is innate’

Indrani Thakurata

Australia made same sex marriage legal on the 7th of this month. The historic bill had an overwhelming support from Senate. And this resulted in facilitating a beautiful union of two lesbian couples, who have become the first people to legally marry in Australia after they were exempted from waiting a month to wed. Sydney couple Lauren Price and Amy Laker were decked up in fairytale white wedding dresses and carried colourful flowers as they married in front of 65 friends and family.

Closer home, Monisha Ajgaonkar, Founder of ‘The Photo Diary’ is trying to drive home a pertinent point of same sex love and relationship through her short film which conveys beautifully, the emotion and the universal nature of love. She has been innovative in the expression ofsexuality through photography and videography among the Indian community. She believes that it is important for people to be able to express their sexuality without feeling threatened. As part of the LGBTQ community, Monisha Ajgaonkar has been actively propagating the recognition needed by the lesbian community, and thus ideated and conceptualized this project – Love Without Boundaries.

What is the video about?

In this video, we see the bride a little lost in thought on her wedding day, in the back of her head she knows that her family won’t be there to celebrate with her on her big day, but she knows she is doing the right thing, and has no second thoughts about marrying the love of her life. However, just before walking down the aisle she receives a call from her mother which takes her by surprise. Her mother tells her that, she is happy for her and she should
always follow her heart and that she is doing the right thing. The video then cuts to the bride marrying the love of her life surrounded by her friends and loved ones in a beautiful garden ceremony.

“I wanted to make this film as I feel that there is a void in the recognition for the lesbian community. I credit the transgender and gay communities for being exceptional at promoting and bringing light to their communities and at making them heard, however there is not much done towards the lesbian community,” says Monisha.

She believes that as there is such little knowledge and recognition for the lesbian sector of the society in India that a lot of women are afraid to express their sexuality, and often stay in the closet and, stay unhappy. She also thinks that, the little literature that is out thereabout the lesbian community in India, brands women who are tomboyish and have a manly character as lesbian, however that is not true.

Monisha says, “sexuality is not confined to appearance, it is innate.” With this video, she wants people in India to also overcome the stigma associated with being in same sex relationships and wants women to be able to openly talk about their sexuality. She wants people of all ages and gender in India to watch this short film and understand that same sex marriage is just the same as any heterosexual marriage – it is the union of two souls that love each other, without boundaries and it has nothing to do with
gender.

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