The painting captures the essence of what it’s like to be a bisexual person in India. The tricoloured flag represents members of the community. These are our colours, pink, purple and blue. The black colour depicts the darkness and isolation in the country for the people who are a part of the community. In a country where it just recently became legal for the community to exist it’s even harder to be accepted by their peers, families and the society at large. The painting depicts the years of struggle the community has undergone and the tears they’ve shed to just be considered as humans. We’re alienated from society, frowned upon, considered unnatural and riddled with mental illnesses. Further, it is singled out as a phase, either you’re gay or you’re straight. The ignorant often forget that it is its own identity.
This piece has been contributed by Riya Nagpal.