The 5,000 people waiting at the border in Tijuana are not the beginning, and they are certainly not the end. We can only assume that many thousands more will follow. When they do, will we be content merely responding to the attacks that meet them at the border? Or can we tangibly support them in creating physical and discursive spaces where they can heal?
Being that trans erasure, caste-based discrimination, and racism were not addressed in the context of these court proceedings, the declaration of Section 377 as unconstitutional is not a direct indicator of India’s accelerated decolonization. Thus, I ask: in the midst of India’s present struggle for legitimacy on the international stage, how can we distinguish signs of accelerated decolonization from indicators of the elite’s yearning toward the appearance of so-called “modernity”?