When we picture Valentine’s Day or love, it’s usually the picture of a girl and boy that pops up into our head. Starting from the activities we plan to the gifts we decide, love is always imagined by us as a thing that can only happen between a girl and a boy. We fail to visualize the queerness of love, that love can happen between any two people irrespective of gender or sexuality. All human beings are equally deserving of love and are entitled to the beautiful experience once in life, whatever their sex or gender orientation might be.
In recent years, we have come to commercialize love and the day for its celebration. Valentine’s Day is almost like a field opportunity for consumerism and means very little to the cause of love in today’s capitalistic world. Yet if we are to really celebrate a day for love, let’s make it one to embrace love in all its shapes and forms and to foster inclusivity when we talk of love.
There is very little effort to bring LGBTQIA representation in mainstream avenues of life or culture. Hence the only recognised form of love even in consumerism is heterosexual love. It’s time for us to shatter the glass ceiling and break the non-inclusive narrative surrounding love even in the 21st century. Valentine’s Days could be made into a ritual pride day to celebrate love in all its colours. So this Valentine’s Day let’s celebrate love minus any prejudice, judgement or intolerance. Let’s remember all love is pure, be it between man and woman, woman and woman or between people who don’t conform to conventional gender identities. Let’s learn to love for love’s sake and celebrate the same too.